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Panel to Discuss Protecting Intellectual Property During Oct. 13 Venture Café

Jasmine Grillmeier
October 11, 2015

ATHENS, OH (Oct. 11 2015) – Small business owners, entrepreneurs, students and individuals with an interest in invention are invited to learn about intellectual property from three national experts at an upcoming Venture Café’ on Oct. 13 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Baker University Center 240/242 on Ohio University's campus.

Protecting intellectual property is one of the most important parts of invention and entrepreneurship, but it can be challenging. The presenters will share their vast amount of expertise in this area, and answer questions about patents and trademarks. During the session, attendees will hear what happens when a case is brought before the patent examination office and learn about the role of the Ohio University’s Technology Transfer Office in assisting students and faculty with intellectual property protection.

The panel includes Sue Purvis, supervisory patent examiner and university outreach team coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Todd Harrington, chief intellectual property counsel and associate general counsel for Battelle Memorial Institute; and Bob Silva, director of technology transfer at Ohio University.

This Venture Café’ is sponsored by Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the Ohio University Technology Transfer Office.  A variety of other topics will be discussed at the following remaining Venture Café sessions in the 2015-16 academic year:

  • “Building an Entrepreneurial Team” with Mike Langer on Oct. 27
  • "Understanding the Market Opportunity” with Kent Stauber on Nov. 12
  • “Lean Launch Methods” with Lynn Gellermann on January 20
  • “Technological Innovation Challenges” with John Bowditch on February 11
  • “Getting Your First Customer” with Michele Migliuolo on March 9
  • “Raising Capital from Investors” with Chris Gerig on March 23
  • “Managing a Growing Business” on April 20

To find specific times and places for these events and many others at Ohio University, visit calendar.ohio.edu.

About the Venture Café sessions:
Venture Café sessions allow aspiring entrepreneurs of all fields to explore best practices for entrepreneurship and business development in a casual setting. These sessions occur throughout the year and often cover a variety of topics.

About the Center for Entrepreneurship:
The Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between Ohio University’s College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, builds upon and raises to new levels longstanding efforts at the University and throughout the region to provide entrepreneurial education, business assistance services, and investment capital for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

About the Ohio University Technology Transfer Office:
The Technology Transfer Office, established in 1991, is part of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity division at Ohio University. Its mission is to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property to business and industry through the development and management of a high-quality portfolio of diverse technologies; ensure intellectual property rights; negotiate and execute licensing agreements; and, when feasible, assist in the formation of start-up businesses that utilize the University's technology in order to provide benefits to the University as well as the regional economy.

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