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Intellectual Property Webinar Series Part One: Patent Tips for Success
December 9, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a free, three-part webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process and learn tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright.

The first webinar will focus on useful tips for success on getting a patent from intellectual property experts.

Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the USPTO. She develops, implements, and supervises programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities.
  • Anthony Knight, Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development at the USPTO. He coordinates the USPTO's enhanced efforts to assist independent, small entity and university-affiliated inventors.

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Intellectual Property Webinar Series Part Two: Copyright Tips for Success
December 10, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a free, three-part webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process and learn tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright.

The second webinar presentation will focus on learning how to register a copyright more easily and gain understanding how to use others' copyrighted works properly.

Presenters:

  • Sylvester Simpkins, Senior Information Specialist in the Public Information Office. He provides copyright information services to the general public on the mission and responsibilities of the U.S. Copyright Office, its regulations, procedures, registration and recordation practices, and provides general information on copyright to Office visitors.
  • Susan Anthony, Acting Director for the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), in the USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs. GIPA provides training and education on all intellectual property issues — patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright — for foreign and U.S. government officials, U.S. small–to–medium–sized enterprises (SMEs), and to the general public.

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Intellectual Property Webinar Series Part Three: Trademark Tips for Success
December 11, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a free, three-part webinar series to help business owners understand the intellectual property process and learn tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright.

The third webinar presentation will focus on registering a trademark and will provide useful tips for success.

Presenter:

  • Craig Morris of the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO. Currently, he is the Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach and spearheads efforts for increased USPTO educational activities in the area of trademark fundamentals. Previously, he was the Managing Attorney for the Trademark Electronic Application System, where he focused on making the Trademark operation a total e-government environment.

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How to Win SBIR & STTR Funding — Richmond, VA
December 16, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Virginia Commonwealth University
Larrick Student Center
900 Turpin St., Jackson Ward Conference Room
Richmond, VA

Join the National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research Development Center (NCI SBIR) and 10 other federal agencies on Tuesday, December 16, for an all-day workshop that will educate interested small businesses about SBIR and STTR funding that can help move products down the pipeline towards commercialization. The workshop will cover everything from understanding the SBIR and STTR Programs in general to the basics of writing proposals and grants for different agencies.

NCI SBIR Program Director Patti Weber will be available during the workshop to discuss SBIR and STTR funding from the NCI. If you're interested in meeting with Patti, please contact her at weberpa@mail.nih.gov.

Registration Details:

  • Virginia Technology firms: $70/person
  • Virginia-based University Researchers: $40/person
  • Non-Virginia-based firms and universities: $200

Register online today! Fees include all workshop activities and the networking lunch.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Brooke at 703-689-3080 or at Robert.brooke@cit.org.

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Personalized Medicine World Conference 2015 – Mountain View, CA
January 26–28, 2015
Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites you to attend the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) on January 26–28, 2015 in Silicon Valley, CA.

Dr. Andrew Kurtz from the NCI Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center will attend this conference to present details on NIH SBIR funding opportunities and other initiatives that support small businesses developing innovative biomedical technologies.

Attendees will have the opportunity to select from 100 relevant talks, including sessions on prenatal diagnostics and newborn screening, longevity and aging, DNA as digital storage, consumerism and crowdsourcing, next-gen sequencing applications for cancer and other diseases, and clinical trials in the era of personalized medicine. There will also be a session for patients on navigating reimbursement and coverage.

For registration and other event details, click here.

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