Agenda

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST


Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers

Presented by: J. Maenner

  • Novelty, or “how not to blow your patent rights”
  • You can patent it, but you might not be able to make it
  • Shhhhh . . . It’s a secret! – Developing and protecting trade secrets
  • What your boss does and does not own . . . usually

Practical Ethics Workshop
Presented by: R. Bowman

  • Reviewing the NSPE Code of Ethics for engineers
  • Quality control issues: can quality issues be ethics issues?
  • Environmental/climate best practices: do we have moral/ethical duties?
  • Transparency in communication: how much is required and with whom?
  • Conflicts of interest: how to prevent them
  • Gifts and favors: what can I offer/accept?

An Overview of the Legal Process – For Pennsylvania Engineers
Presented by: J. Lippl

  • Forums for relief
  • Theories of recovery
  • Understanding the process
  • Discovery issues explained
  • Experts and expert retorts
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Preventing and Defending Professional Liability Claims
Presented by:  V. Greene

  • Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
  • Identifying who can bring a claim
  • Examining common sources of professional liability claims
  • Reviewing defenses to liability claims
  • Determining damages
  • Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Recognizing Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks under Contracts
Presented by: B. Sprout

  • Reviewing the necessary elements of any contract
  • Determining performance
  • What constitutes a breach of contract
  • Defenses to breach and enforcement of contracts
  • Damages and remedies for contract breach
  • Making changes to contracts
  • Important terms in contracts for design professionals
  • Interplay between contracts on a project
  • Liability-shifting contract provisions –
    warranties, indemnification, contribution, and additional insured status
  • Dispute resolution provisions in contracts

Developments in Federal and Pennsylvania Environmental Law
Presented by: R. Burns, Jr

  • Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
    • Pollution prevention
    • Water quality enforcement
    • Stormwater permitting
    • Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
  • Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA, Pennsylvania Department
    of Environmental Protection and local agencies

 

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Credits

Engineers
7.0 PDHs
(Including 1.0 Ethics Hour)

 

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, for professional engineers in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists does not provide preapproval for any continuing professional competency activities, courses or providers.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

Speakers

Rebecca Bowman, Esq., P.E., D.F.E.

Attorney at Law Office of Rebecca Bowman, Principal, in Pennsylvania

Ms. Bowman is a sole proprietor, practicing in dispute resolution, estate planning, civil engineering, real estate, legal services, strategic development, and training. She is experienced in dispute resolution, estate planning and administration, engineering design and forensic analysis, construction/project management, real estate, small business start-up, employment law, and nonprofit support. She is a registered professional engineer and a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mrs. Bowman writes a column for the PE Reporter, “Risky Business,” and she lectures for the Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania State University, the Washington County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and others. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, her M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma University, and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University. She just completed her Certificate in Sustainability Policy from Penn State and has recently joined the National Society of Professional Engineers as their Senior Director of Ethics and Professional Practice.

Robert L. Burns Jr., Esq., LEED AP

Mr. Burns is a member of the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, and he focuses his practice on environmental law and its intersections with natural resources, development, construction, commercial transactions, litigation, manufacturing, and waste. In his construction practice, he provides counsel regarding the financing, development and construction of construction projects, including related construction, design, engineering and architectural agreements, and concerning the purchase, remediation, construction and development of brownfields and “green” buildings. Mr. Burns holds two engineering degrees and is certified as an accredited professional under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Vittoria D. Greene

Ms. Greene’s practice is focused primarily on construction litigation, including representation of architects, engineers, and contractors in breach of contract, professional negligence, and tort claims. Prior to joining MMP&S, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, where she handled complex litigation arising out of construction projects and provided claims avoidance advice to various state agencies throughout project design and construction. Ms. Greene clerked for the Honorable Shawn D. Meyers in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Loyola University in Maryland in 2008, and a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law in 2011. While attending Villanova Law, she wrote for the Villanova Law Review and handled immigration and worker’s compensation cases for the Civil Justice Clinic.

John Lippl, P.E.

Attorney at Law and a registered professional engineer, in Pittsburgh

Mr. Lippl is both a licensed attorney and a registered professional engineer. He received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the Penn State University College of Engineering and a juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Lippl has worked as a project manager for major general contractors, as an attorney with several law firms and as general counsel for a contractor, before beginning his current practice focusing on the legal aspects of the construction process. He is a trained and experienced arbitrator and mediator and frequently lectures at both legal and construction related conferences. In his spare time, Mr. Lippl served as an officer with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His work as a civil engineer with the Navy took him to multiple countries, several continents and two tours of duty in Iraq – as a structural engineer on an anti-terror team and as executive officer of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.

Joseph E. Maenner, Esq.

Mr. Maenner, is a registered patent attorney and founded Maenner & Associates, LLC, in 2011 after practicing in intellectual property boutique firms and general practice firms, as well as serving as in-house counsel for a small high-technology startup company. Mr. Maenner graduated from the Dickinson School of Law (now part of the Pennsylvania State University) in 1996 and began actively practicing intellectual property law in 1998. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Maenner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1986. He had a seven-year career as an engineer, working for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, located in Philadelphia. Additionally, Mr. Maenner has experience in counseling clients in the selection and use of trademarks and in obtaining federal trademark registrations. While in law school, he served as an intern in the U.S. Trademark Office. Mr. Maenner frequently provides seminars on intellectual property to local university and high school students and has conducted CLE courses on intellectual property for local bar associations. Mr. Maenner is also an adjunct professor at Lehigh University, teaching a class in Intellectual Property Law for a graduate program in Technical Entrepreneurship. Mr. Maenner is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Bradley Sprout, Esq.

Pion, Nerone, Girman, Winslow & Smith, P.C.

Mr. Sprout is an attorney with Pion, Nerone, Girman, Winslow & Smith, P.C. In addition to his transportation and general civil litigation practice, Mr. Sprout has spent several years representing owners, contractors and design professionals in a variety of construction disputes. These include, but are not limited to, payment disputes; delay, inefficiency, and acceleration claims; design and construction defect claims; and mechanics’ lien claims. In representing these clients, Mr. Sprout has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, as well as before arbitration panels in proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Sprout has also represented his construction clients in all manner of business disputes, employment matters, and labor matters. Mr. Sprout is a graduate of Dickinson College and Dickinson School of Law.