Freshman Innovation and Technology Forum: John DiMatteo

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: John DiMatteo

One of the top patent lawyers in the country, John DiMatteo is Chair of the Intellectual Property Department and a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Far & Gallagher, a law firm. He specializes in patent litigation, complex patent prosecution, trademarks, trade secrets, and IP Licensing. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Bar Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Chemical Society. A graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic University, where he earned both his B.S.E and M.S.C.S, Mr. DiMatteo worked as a computer engineer in the Research and Development Department of Triquest Corporation and as a project engineer for Baldwin & Cornelius, P.C. He holds law degrees from St. John’s University and Temple University and earned another Masters Degree from Columbia University.


Students who are not enrolled in this course are asked to RSVP via email if they'd like attend.

About the Freshman Innovation and Technology Forum

When President Obama urged students last year to pursue “things that actually contribute to making things and making people’s lives better,” he specifically singled
out the study of science and engineering as crucial to America’s prosperity. A growing body of research indicates that economic growth depends more on technology and innovation than on almost any other factor. In the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, fostering the study of science and engineering takes on special urgency.

To encourage students to take a broader view of their studies, their future professions, and the frontiers of science and technology, NYU-Poly has created the Innovation and Technology Forum. A required course for all incoming freshmen at NYU-Poly, the Forum aims to inspire students to think like innovators.

The course comprises both large lectures and smaller break-out sessions, where students discuss the readings and work on in-class innovation challenges. Readings are based largely on case studies of famous innovators, and an invited lecture series exposes students to a variety of exciting, real-world fields, including venture capital, journalism, high-tech start-ups, and scientific research. Instead of writing term papers, students blog about the readings, the lectures, and each other's thoughts in a special online forum.  

Freshman year is an ideal time to start students thinking about what they want to get out of their education and what they want to contribute to the world. By the end of the course, students will have learned that i2e is not just a marketing slogan — that invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship have specific meanings and that understanding these meanings is crucial to students’ future success and satisfaction in a rapidly changing world.