INCOSE North Star: Joint meeting with IEEE- Software Patents

    Meeting Title: Joint meeting with IEEE- Software Patents

    Speaker(s)Benjamin Edlavitch

    Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024

    Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Central Time

    VenueRidgedale Library – Robert H. Rohlf Room 

    12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305, United States



    6-6:30 Networking/pizza time

    6:30-6:45 INCOSE/IEEE intros

    6:45-7:45 Presentation

    7:45-8:00 Questions (Library closes at 8pm)

    Meeting Description:

    There is a popular misconception that patenting software innovations is prohibited in the United States. There is also a mistaken belief that “software patents” are unenforceable. The Software Patent Presentation, presented by Benjamin Edlavitch of Edlavitch Law PLLC, will debunk these myths and provide practical approaches to procuring patents on software innovations as well as enforcing, defending, and monetizing such patents.


    Benjamin Edlavitch is a USPTO registered patent attorney and dedicated intellectual property law strategist with a unique combination of technical backgrounds in the life sciences, software, and electrical and computer engineering.

    With over 27 years of experience in the IT industry (including over 8 years as a web application developer and computer programmer and 18 years as an intellectual property law specialist), Ben primarily counsels clients on patent, copyright, and trademark law, trade secrets, complex commercial agreements, and technology licenses. This includes counseling clients on open-source software issues and other complicated matters that occur in computing and e-commerce as well as the overlap of electronics, software, and biotechnology.

    Ben also provides domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution services for clients headquartered in the United States and abroad and assists executives, in-house counsel, and litigation generalists with intellectual property disputes. Furthermore, he advises on the development of trade secret policies and assists with trademark and copyright registrations. 


    • Chicago-Kent College of Law – J.D.
    • Purdue University – Graduate Coursework in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • University of Illinois at Chicago – B.S. Electrical Engineering
    • University of California, Berkeley – Professional Certification in Computer Information Systems
    • Washington University in St. Louis – A.B. in Biology and Psychology as well as a Minor in Music

    Career Highlights:

    • Admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Big law experience and expertise and was an intellectual property attorney at the prestigious international law firms of Greenberg Traurig and Brinks Gilson & Lione.
    • Before entering private practice, was the sole in-house counsel for an enterprise software company.  
    • In the last four years, prepared over one hundred U.S. patent applications. Many of the applications describe innovations in the crossover of the life sciences and electrical and computer engineering, including inventions in agriculture and medicine. The applications also cover inventions in farming electronics and information systems, e-commerce, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, fintech, artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer vision, blockchain, cybersecurity, medical devices, MEMS, biosensors, semiconductors, power electronics (including solar power), electrophysiology, robotics, automated driving systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), telemedicine, wireless, digital media and gaming, mobile apps, and education technology.

    • Over the past nineteen years, worked on over fifteen hundred patent applications for various types of clients including individuals, startups, corporations, and universities inventing in the fields of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering as well as for teams innovating medical devices, semiconductors, farm and construction equipment, food processing tech, control systems, and financial technologies.

    • Dedicated volunteer for local and nationwide STEM organizations as well as an active pro bono attorney. For more information, please visit LinkedIn at