Protect Your Business – Free Intellectual Property Workshop

Thursday May 21
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Wright State University
Room 241
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Register: www.libraries.wright.edu/events

Learn basic information on intellectual property at free University Libraries workshop!

Here are a few examples of local Intellectual Property issues over the years:

  • A local daycare business spends $15,000 on promotional material and signage.   The business receives a cease and desist letter from another company for trademark infringement.  The local daycare business destroys all of the promotional material and signage.
  • New local restaurant creates menu, web site and signage.  The restaurant receives a cease and desist letter.  Restaurant destroys all printed menus, changes web site address and changes signage.   The restaurant continues to receive calls from the attorney for the infringed business for another two months to be sure the person answering phone is not saying the infringed mark.
  • Local IT consultant made to change web site because of trademark infringement.  The company had been using the web address for over 5 years.
  • WSU graduate student uses a commercial product in their research.  After publishing their thesis, the company asks the student to include the federal registration symbol in each instance of the use the commercial product name in the thesis.

Intellectual property litigation has sky rocketed in the past few years.   From patent trolls to copyright and trademark infringement, entrepreneurs need to understand the various ways to protect their business by researching intellectual property.  Protecting your business from infringing or being infringed is paramount to avoid costly litigation.

How can you protect your logo, creations, invention and ideas in the marketplace?  The Wright State University Libraries is again helping beginning inventors, small businesses, creators, and entrepreneurs learn the basics of protecting their ideas through various intellectual property (IP) options. This free on campus informational workshop will be held Thursday evening, May 21st , from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Room 241 of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library.

The presentation will cover copyrights, patents, trade secrets and trademarks.  You will learn what resources and researching tools are available on the internet, IP web sites, and the general requirements for applying for patent, copyright, or trademark protection.

Wright State University Libraries is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center receiving support from the  United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Seating for the free workshop is limited. Register online at http://www.libraries.wright.edu/events/ or contact Ran Raider, government and legal information coordinator for the University Libraries, at ran.raider@wright.edu or by calling (937) 775-3521.