How to Patent and Protect Your Ideas

February 19, 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Networking time: 5:00 pm
Panelists take Stage: 6:00 pm
Location: GVSU Eberhard Center (Map)
301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Parking: Free Event Parking is available at the GVSU “Pew Center Event Parking Lot”. Entry to the lot is on W. Fulton street under the 131 highway bridge. (Google Maps) (GVSU Map, D7)
After-party: 7:00 pm (also at Eberhard Center)

REGISTER

Do you have an idea that you believe is worth protecting? Do you think you shouldn’t talk about it, for fear that someone will steal it? Have you ever written a non-disclosure document? What is intellectual property worth? Did you know that a trademark doesn’t have to be registered in the United States to be protected?

There are a lot of rights due IP owners, but there is also a lot of research that goes into finding out if your idea has already been protected by someone else.

Come to our February event to learn from the experts how to protect your intellectual property, idea, brand or product.

 

Our panel includes:

James Mitchell, BSc Chemistry, Michigan Tech, JD Law University of Michigan, who specializes in pharmaceutical patent litigation, chemical patent litigation, and trademark litigation. He served as lead counsel in two successfully tried “Hatch-Waxman” cases, against pharmaceutical giants J&J-Merck, and McNeil. James was the chief IP attorney at Varnum before starting his own firm.
In addition, Mr. Mitchell is a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Tech Fund and is a past Chairman and member of the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University. He has served on the Mayor’s task force for attracting knowledge-based industry to Grand Rapids.

Dan Girdwood, from Price Heneveld, focuses on start-up companies, partnerships and early innovation, and has helped start several non-profit inventor organizations designed specifically to help “novice” inventors. These organizations include the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN), where Dan is a founding board member and a past president.
Dan has over 20 years of experience as a patent attorney. His practice includes the procurement, licensing and enforcement of patents primarily for mechanical inventions and registration and enforcement of trademarks. Prior to joining the firm in 1990, he was an engineer at General Motors. Dan is also an adjunct at 3 local colleges and universities.

Jim Shultz, from Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, focuses primarily on patent prosecution and enforcement (litigation) of patent rights, particularly with regard to software and business methods. While the majority of Jim’s work is with fortune 500 companies (such as Google, Emerson Electric, Marvell and State Farm), he often works with local start-ups and small businesses in developing intellectual property (e.g., patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) portfolios.
Jim has over 10 years of experience as an electrical engineer and over 15 years of experience as a patent attorney. His experience includes both in-house legal positions and law firm positions. Additionally, Jim currently works with the Muskegon Inventor’s Network to provide intellectual property related input.

Douglas Kelly will be moderating our panel. Douglas has helped start 4 companies in the last dozen years and has helped in the creation of patented ideas. Douglas is aimWest’s current President and loves helping the local startup community and fostering new ideas.

 

Click here to register for this event.

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