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  Fall 2015

  BPLA Newsletters

 Volume 46, Issue 3

Invented Here! 2015 Event

by Mark B Solomon of Hamilton Brooks Smith Reynolds, Rory Pheiffer of Nutter McLennan, Aaron Connor of Eli Lilly and Company, and Reza Sadr of Pierce Atwood

Mark B Solomon

Rory Pheiffer

Aaron Connor

Reza Sadr

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Boston Patent Law Association’s (BPLA) Invented Here! Committee celebrated Massachusetts Inventors Day by holding its fifth annual Invented Here! event to honor New England’s innovators and their innovations.  This year, the event recognized an inventor who is a leader in the titanium industry, and started in that industry at its very beginning -- the 1950s.  The inventor, Stanley Abkowitz, has received patents in each of the past seven decades: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and has patent applications pending!  Mr. Abkowitz’s innovations have made their way into military, commercial, and consumer products.  Titanium is currently being used in products such as aircraft, missiles, medical devices, automobiles, bicycles, and golf clubs, and has many other applications.


Stanley Abkowitz


Mr. Abkowitz’s patents have enabled others to follow in his path and continue the growth of the very important titanium industry.  During a short speech, Mr. Abkowitz shared with the audience how his titanium process and compounds are created and used in the development and production of titanium components. He also passed around and explained some interesting show-and-tell pieces related to his inventions. 


When asked by a member of the audience what makes a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Abkowitz replied: “The entrepreneurial mind has to be creative, must have the passion to pursue the goal, must be willing to take certain risks and, of course, must have the vision to target a worthy end product.”


As part of the evening’s recognition, Mr. Abkowitz received the first annual Jacob (“Jesse “) N. Erlich Achievement Award for his outstanding accomplishments, as illustrated by his patents and the span of time over which he was awarded those patents.  Laura Erlich and Adam Erlich, wife and son of late BPLA Past President and former partner at Burns & Levison, Jesse Erlich, were in attendance at the event. Also in attendance were Lorraine Abkowitz, wife of Stanley, and their daughter Susan Abkowitz.  Susan, a co-inventor with her father Stanley on some of the more recent patents, also participated in the event by serving as a panelist with Stanley and responding to questions from the audience during a questions and answers period. 


Jacob (“Jesse “) N. Erlich


Also in attendance at the Invented Here! event were authors Randy Rabin and Jackie Bassett of the “Drawing on Brilliance” book.  Mr. Rabin is a collector of historical patent documents. He acquired the documents during the time period when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office converted its files from paper to digital.  Mr. Rabin had many examples of historical documents on display, including patents by Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Steinem, and other leading innovators in their respective industries.  Mr. Rabin and Ms. Bassett shared with the audience some stories about the historical patents and their writing of the book. 



Presenters for the evening included Erik Belt, President-Elect of the BPLA and Mark Solomon, Rory Pheiffer, Aaron Connor, and Reza Sadr, all Co-Chairs of the Invented Here! Committee.

Sponsors of the event included:  Robins Kaplan, Pierce Atwood, and Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds.  Many thanks to Kristine Ferrigno, Judy White, and Cesira Newcomb, all from Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, for their tremendous contributions to the planning and execution of the event, and also to Emily Marshall, from Pierce Atwood, for her contribution during the event. 

Please submit recommendations for planning next year's program by contacting the Invented Here! Committee at  Volunteers welcome!  Nominations for achievement awards can be submitted throughout the year. 


Left to right:  Aaron Connor, Stanley Abkowitz, Susan Abkowitz, and Rory Pheiffer during the Questions and Answers period of the Invented Here! event



Left to right:  Lorraine Abkowitz, Laura Erlich, and Adam Erlich


Left to right:  Authors of “Drawing on Brilliance,” Randy Rabin and Jackie Bassett


Left to right:  Stanley Abkowitz and Mark Solomon
















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Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: 617.507.5570





Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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