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The Physics Department will host Jonathan Tuminaro ’98, Friday, April 15 in Science Hall room 1030 at 4:00 p.m. for a lecture entitled “From Science and Math to Patent Law.” Tuminaro will discuss his career path and why people with a science and math education are needed in the law field.

The U.S. Constitution grants the exclusive right of a new technology to its inventor.  This allows the inventor to be the first to profit.  To be patentable, the technology has to be new or novel.  In our high-tech world, someone with a scientific or engineering background is needed to guarantee that this is new technology.

Tuminaro is a patent lawyer at the firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox in Washington, D.C.  He handles intellectual property matters in such complex issues as wireless communications, hand-held devices, computer architecture, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Tuminaro earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from Canisius College in 1998.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, associate professor/chair, physics