Computing That Serves

Intellectual Property Law for Computer Scientists


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:00am


Joseph Shapiro


Robert Burton

Colloquium presented by Joseph Shapiro
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00am
Location: 1170 TMCB


Any career in computer science is inherently a career in technology, and will inevitably touch on intellectual property issues. Although deep knowledge of intellectual property law is not necessary, a high-level understanding of frequently encountered issues may help to avoid pitfalls and foster opportunities for successful  ventures. Mr. Shapiro’s presentation will include a broad overview of intellectual property for computer scientists (including students), and will address questions such as:

  •          What are the types of intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret)?
  •         How do I protect intellectual property that I create and avoid infringing on the rights of others?
  •          Who owns intellectual property that I create while I am a student, employee, or contractor?
  •          How do I use open source technology without limiting possibilities for financial gain?


Joseph Shapiro is an intellectual property attorney with a background in computer technologies. He graduated from BYU in 2003 with a B.S. in Computer Science. While an undergraduate, Joseph worked for BYU Application Engineering. He spent the four years following graduation with the National Security Agency, first obtaining a M.S. in computer science from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, and then working as a network/protocol analyst in San Antonio, Texas. Joseph returned to Provo in 2007 to attend law school, receiving a J.D. in 2010. He has worked with multiple law firms in Utah and Southern California, focusing on intellectual property law. In 2015 Joseph established his own law firm: Rasmussen Shapiro, PLLC. Joseph currently divides his time between Rasmussen Shapiro in Provo and Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard Moss in Salt Lake City.