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IP 101: What Every Engineer Needs to Know Before Entering the Workplace

Release Date:
9/4/2013 9:00 PM

Frederic Tenney, Ramsaran Maharajh, features  Ramsaran “Raja” Maharajh (left), Frederic T. Tenney 


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by Frederic Tenney and Ramsaran Maharajh on an understanding of intellectual property to aspiring engineers. Topics will include patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and employee IP agreements.


Tenney earned his BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 1997.  Thereafter, he enjoyed one year at Wake Forest University School of Law before transferring back to Duke.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2000.  After taking the Virginia Bar Exam in July, 2000, Tenney began his career as an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP’s Washington, DC office.  At Foley, Tenney focused on patenting and clearing mechanical products including medical devices such as safety syringes and implants, automotive products such as seatbelts and airbags, and children’s products including strollers, collapsible cribs, and baby swings.

After six years at Foley, Tenney learned his wife, who was also an attorney, was having twins and they decided to make a career change that would be more conducive to parenthood.  As a result, he accepted a position as a senior intellectual property attorney at UTC - Otis Elevator Company, in Farmington, CT.  At Otis, Tenney focused on everything associated with elevator cars, including safety brakes, door operators, and scheduling algorithms.  Then, after nearly five amazing years, Tenney learned he was being promoted to an executive position and simultaneously transferred to UTC - Pratt & Whitney, in East Hartford.  At Pratt, Tenney has been responsible for leading all protection and product clearance efforts with respect to Pratt’s new commercial engine programs.  At the same time, Tenney has been responsible for negotiating IP terms with suppliers, partners, airframers, and airlines. 

Maharajh is Pratt & Whitney’s vice president & counsel of commercial engines. In this role, he has global responsibility for the commercial engines’ legal and contracts organizations, which provide legal and contractual support for airframer, airline, partnerships and other end-user activities for new equipment, aftermarket products, marketing and sales functions within the Commercial Engines business.  Prior to this role, he was Pratt & Whitney’s associate counsel for the Next Generation Product Family where he was responsible for protecting the technology behind its new PurePower® engine.  Maharajh joined UTC in 2004. Prior to joining UTC, he worked as an attorney at Bazerman & Drangel in NYC where he focused on intellectual property and commercial litigation, licensing, and patent preparation and prosecution.  Before practicing law, Maharajh worked as a manufacturing and costing engineer for Madame Alexander Doll Co. and for Maidenform, Inc.

Maharajh received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Sept. 24, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.               


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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