IRI Workshop: Tesla’s Patent Portfolio – Connecting Business Strategy to IP Strategy

Event Type
1 pm - 4:30 pm

Digital Innovation, Technology Roadmapping, Tools and Techniques

Creating IP strategies that align with key market segments is crucial for effectively guiding research and development (R&D). These frameworks prioritize R&D endeavors by integrating technical, legal, and market insights. An organization driven by an IP strategy thrives when business initiatives, technical expertise, and cross-functional teamwork converge to establish and sustain crucial processes. In our interactive small group sessions, we’ll delve into Tesla’s patent portfolio, evaluating it alongside competitors’ strategies to uncover links between IP strategies and opportunities for advancing business strategies.

In this course, you will engage in interactive small-group sessions to evaluate specific sections of Tesla’s patent portfolio. You will analyze competitors’ strategies and connect these insights to intellectual property (IP) strategies and opportunities for business strategy enhancement.
The aim is to equip you with sufficient knowledge to create processes for executing IP strategies. You will also explore ways to align IP strategies with broader business strategies effectively.


  • What is Intellectual Property Strategy?
    • Exploring the purpose and benefits of IP strategy in safeguarding critical market segments.
  • Key Elements of IP Strategy and Required Resources:
    • Detailing the essential components of an IP strategy and identifying the necessary tools and resources crucial for its implementation.
  • Real-life Examples of Executed IP Strategies:
    • Showcasing instances where IP strategies were effectively executed in practical scenarios.
  • Workshop Group Project:
    • Tasking participants with comprehending the critical players in a specific domain, understanding their IP strategies, spotting opportunities, and prioritizing actionable steps for the group project.

Who should attend:

The ideal candidates for this course are individuals interested in intellectual property. Both experienced professionals and beginners will benefit substantially from the discussions and insights shared, fostering a valuable learning experience for all.

Registration Fees:

IRI Members: $295
Non Members: $395 

Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 48 hours before a scheduled class. This allows us to fill the class. However, if you do not cancel before the 48 hours, you will lose the payment for the class.

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Silvia Szep

Intellectual Property Strategy Laureate

DuPont Electronics and Infrastructure

Silvia Szep is Intellectual Property Strategy Laureate for DuPont Electronics and Infrastructure business, leading the Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy and Trade Secret Protection practices across the business.   Previously Silvia was Intellectual Capital Manger for DuPont Transportation and Advanced Polymers and Nutrition and Health businesses, responsible for managing the patent and technical information carve out as part of the Dow DuPont merger, and managing the patent portfolio for Automotive Adhesives.   Silvia joined the Dow Core R&D as a technical analyst in 2011.  As the focal point for Dow Electronic Materials, she supported the business with technical patent search, patentability, freedom-to-operate (FTO), litigation and landscape analysis for IP strategy development.   She has worked closely with inventors and patent attorneys and trained the technical organization on patents and patent search.   She moved to the Dow Food and Pharma business as intellectual capital manager in 2016.  She developed processes for patent portfolio auditing and invention concept quality control.  She developed IP strategy for protecting major product platforms.   Her work resulted in multiple invention disclosures and patent applications.   Silvia moved to Electronics and Infrastructure in 2019 -her current role, supporting the technical organization across all the business units  in establishing processes for  patent portfolio auditing,  invention concept quality control, confidential information protection and IP strategy development.  She mentors 40+ technical IP focal points on aspects of IP management and IP strategy development across the business, and leads cross functional IP strategy reviews for business leadership.   She provides global training on patents, information release and trade secrets.   Prior to joining Dow, Silvia was a Research Scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  She holds a B.A. in Chemistry/ Biochemistry from Swarthmore College, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry/ Biophysics from Yale University, and is member of the US Patent Bar.

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