Intellectual Property: Patent Law, Application Process, Prior Art Searching


Thursday, December 3, 2015 

**note holiday date schedule**



Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -  Social Time


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -  Dinner


7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. -  Presentation


$10- $15, See information in Reservations



The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that came into effect in 2013.  The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. The law switched the U.S. rights to a patent from the previous “first-to-invent” system to a “first inventor-to-file” system. The presentation will highlight some of the more significant changes stemming from the AIA to the U.S. patent system and practice points that inventors need to keep in mind should they be interested in seeking patent protection, including initial means for searching for relevant prior art.


Keith R. Haupt is a Partner with Wood Herron & Evans, an intellectual property law firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Keith has been in practice for more than 23 years and is involved in many areas of the firm’s intellectual property practice. His practice includes preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications particularly in mechanical, aerospace, medical and electro-mechanical technologies; strategic planning, ex parte and inter partes reexamination/review and legal opinions, due diligence, licensing and client counseling.  Keith has broad technical expertise in the areas of: building materials, consumer packaging, medical devices, lotteries and gaming, screening technologies, electric utilities, automotive technologies and numerous other areas.  Keith’s clients and colleagues see him both as a technologist and a legal counselor in the course of his patent practice. Keith is also involved heavily in domestic and international trademark prosecution, enforcement and counseling. Keith served four years as an Engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense and joined Wood Herron & Evans in 1992. Keith received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt Universityin Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in design and graduated with honors from the The Ohio State University College of Law.  Keith resides in Sycamore Township, Ohio with his wife Mary Wynn and their three children.


Buffet Menu:   Roasted Turkey & Dressing, Baked ham with pineapples, Couscous Stuffed Green Peppers, Sweet potato casserole, Scalloped potatoes, Seasoned green beans, Cranberry relish, Dinner rolls & butter, Chef’s choice of dessert, tea & soft drink. 

LOCATION: Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday November 29, 2015.


An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by midnight, Sunday November 29, 2015

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $15 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-register.

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

November 18th, 2015


Big Data and Map Reduce


Thursday, October 22, 2015 



University of Cincinnati (see below for directions)


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Social


6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. -  Adriaticos Pizza


6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. -  Presentation


No charge, reservations are required



Big Data is changing the way businesses operate and opening new areas of research and commerce.  Dr. Talaga will be giving an overview of what Big Data is, what software systems are used, and some CS concepts that have facilitated Big Data.  He will be discussing Apache Hadoop, Map/Reduce,  Apache Spark, as well as doing some demonstrations of these systems.


Dr. Paul Talaga is an Assistant Professor-Educator in the School of Computing Sciences and Informatics within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati.  His research focuses on data locality in geographically distributed web systems, cloud security, evolutionary/neural network-based AI systems in relation to robotics, and the petegogy of computer science at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dr. Talaga obtained dual bachelors of arts degrees in Computer Science and Math from St. Lawrence University in 2003, followed by a MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2012. (more…)

October 19th, 2015

September 2015 Section Meeting



Thursday, September 24, 2015 



Rhinegeist Brewery, OTR (see below for directions)


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -  Social/Dinner


7:00 p.m. -  Tour




Members Free, Non-Members and Guests $5,

     Reservations are required  


Rhinegeist, translates to “Ghost of the Rhine” and refers to our place in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District in Cincinnati. Built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant (1895), we brew 20bbl batches of beer that sing with flavor.

 At the turn of the 19th century, Over-the-Rhine was home to nearly 45,000 inhabitants—most of them of German descent—and 38 breweries. Leading this vibrant brewing scene was Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, the city’s largest brewery which extended over three entire city blocks and produced over 300,000 bbl annually. The company’s old bottling plant, located at 1910 Elm Street, is home to our modern-day brewery. While Moerlein’s operation would thrive for years, Prohibition in the 1920’s would deal a fatal blow and bring an end to the company. As a result, the former bottling plant would lie dormant for several subsequent decades…

Enter Bob Bonder into the story. A recovering consultant, Bob moved to Cincinnati in 2007 to build out the Tazza Mia coffee business. Having spent years refining his palate with coffee cuppings and wine tastings, he began flirting with the idea of building his own brewery. But where to start? Knowing this would not be a one-man job, Bob ventured out to build the perfect team. First on his list was Bryant Goulding, a silver-tongued dreamer who had spent the past few years selling beer on the West Coast for the Anderson Valley, Dogfish Head and Golden Road breweries. When first presented with the idea, Bryant thought Bob had gone crazy. Why would he leave a bustling craft beer scene and easygoing West Coast lifestyle for Cincinnati, a city that had never crossed his mind? Nevertheless, Bryant gave Bob’s idea a chance and visited the space he had been raving about. Long story short, Bryant stepped into 1910 Elm Street and was immediately sold. Where some might have simply seen an empty and defunct warehouse, Bryant saw a lifeless brewery itching to start pumping out some hoppy IPAs. 

An unrivaled passion for tasty brews is unfortunately not enough to build a brewery, so Bob and Bryant turned to find a brewer. Their search ultimately pointed them to Jim Matt, a brewing guru who also happened to have 20 years of chemistry experience and Luke Cole who had been roasting coffee and brewing at Rock Bottom’s downtown Cincinnati brewpub. During his time at Sun King brewery, Jim had grown an appreciation for dry, hoppy, West Coast styled IPAs, making him a perfect fit for the project Bob and Bryant had in mind. Luke’s background in mechanical engineering made him the perfect fit for rebuilding the twenty plus year old brewhouse they bought for pennies on the dollar in Mexico. With a business-minded leader, a marketing and sales visionary, and a brewing pundit now onboard, the team was close to turning a mere dream into a reality. They now had the power to brew and sell the beer, but the question remained as to how it would be distributed. The last piece of the puzzle was Dennis Kramer-Wine, a keg-lifting, route-building, beard-growing man of action who would form the foundation for our self-distribution model. These five minds came together and in June 2013 Rhinegeist brewed its first batch of beer.


The Tour will be given by a member of the Rhinegeist Staff (more…)

September 3rd, 2015


The Internet of Things: Home Automation and Beyond

DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2015

PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Social Time
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – Presentation

COST: $10- $15, See information in Reservations

ABOUT THE MEETING: The term the Internet of Things (IoT) was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999. This term originally described machine to machine (M2M) communications, but now includes connectivity of devices, systems, and services. By focusing on examples in home automation, this presentation will describe various IoT applications, services, and issues. After determining how many engineers it takes to turn on a light bulb we will conclude with a description of ongoing IoT industry efforts. Door prizes include a Raspberry PI computer ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Ted Longshore has 30 + years of industry experience in the field of RF communications. His product development experience includes satellite antennas, cellular radio base stations and handsets, Real Time Location Tracking Systems (RTLS), military VHF and UHF transmitters, and most recently telemetry transmitters and receivers. He earned a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently the Arrangements Chair for the Cincinnati section of the IEEE.

MENU SELECTIONS: Buffet Menu: Baked Quartered Chicken, Three Cheese Lasagna, Meatloaf served in Brown Gravy, Rice Pilaf, Glazed Carrots, Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits, Chef’s Choice of Dessert

LOCATION: Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of (more…)

May 4th, 2015


May 28, 2015    Internet of Things

June-August there are no Cincinnati Section meetings.

Mark your calendars!

April 29th, 2015


Senior Design Presentations from UC & Miami University

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

DATE:    Thursday, April 23, 2015 

LOCATION :  Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

TIME :   5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -  Social Time

                6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -  Dinner

                7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -  Presentation

COST:    $10- $15, See information in Reservations


This annual meeting is the best senior design teams from The University of Cincinnati & Miami University Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, electrical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Technology.  They will present and demonstrate their senior design projects.  (more…)

April 15th, 2015


Renewable Energy, Distributed Energy and the Micro Grid


Thursday, March 26, 2015 



Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -  Social Time


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -  Dinner


7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. -  Presentation


$10- $15, See information in Reservations




There is much talk these days of distributed generation, micro-grids, islanding and the smart grid – but what do all of these terms mean and what are the repercussions to existing and future infrastructure?

Discussion:  Mega Trends in technology and their relationship to the generation, distributed generation marketplace, micro-grids, nano-grids and beyond.  An overview of the more recent FERC orders and their repercussions on the industry will also be discussed in addition to the future of the energy markets, how to utilize big data and the transformation towards IoT. (more…)

March 13th, 2015

Feb 19th Transformer Presentation Follow-up

The presentation was filled and well attended.  Thanks to all in attendance.


March 13th, 2015

Presentation from February Meeting: Social Media

For the presentation presented at our February meeting please click the link:

Social Media

March 13th, 2015

Be Mobile Work Social “Amp It Up!”

 March 4th;  5:30-7:30    Location:  222 E 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

There’s an important transformation underway that impacts every individual and organization. It unifies and leverages the collective knowledge, talents and capabilities of employees, customers and partners. It drives and delivers more effective collaboration, engagement and productivity across the entire enterprise. And it’s loaded with significant benefits, opportunities and challenges.

 What is this transformation? It’s “Be Mobile Work Social”.

 IBM and Covinia are sponsoring the Be Mobile Work Social “Amp It UP!” Tour to help leaders of all ages within business, healthcare, government and education understand how this transformation will impact you and your organization’s success. Designed specifically for open-minded, forward-thinking leaders in HR, Operations, IT, Sales & Marketing, the Amp It Up tour is bringing fun, informative, experiential meet-ups to leading cities worldwide.

 This FREE program features awesome expert speakers sharing stories and insights about the transformation to mobile and social collaboration and engagement. You’ll also get to experience solutions from IBM, Apple and Twitter that will help you and your organization be more creative, productive and successful. And throughout it all you’ll enjoy a great atmosphere, fantastic food and drink, networking, and impactful takeaways. 

For more information and registration, go to

Event  Flyer:

Looking forward to seeing you on March 4th!


February 23rd, 2015

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