Intellectual property (IP) assets can be among the most valuable assets for any small business, but not many entrepreneurs take the necessary steps to protect and defend those assets. This interactive seminar will cover the four basic types of IP: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Workshop discussion will include an overview of the steps needed to secure IP protection, what rights that protection conveys and how to defend your IP.
Workshop will address questions such as:
- For small business owners, is it worth the time and effort to secure intellectual property rights?
- Once I get a trademark, my brand is safe, right?
- Having a patent gives me the right to produce something ... wait, it doesn't?
- If I have a patent or trademark in the United States, do I need to worry about the rest of the world?
Faciltated by: Keith Strassner
Keith Strassner currently serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Business and Technology Development at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), focused on expanding the economic footprint of the University through commercialization of the University’s technology assets via licenses, partnerships and entrepreneurial activities, including development of Missouri S&T’s Innovation Park. He has served as a board member of the Rolla Regional Economic Commission (RREC), Tech44® an economic development program to attract technology enabled companies to the Interstate 44 corridor in Missouri and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Missouri Enterprise, a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partner. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (1979) and a Masters of Arts in Marketing from Webster University (1988).
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two week in advance. Contact Willis Mushrush, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains, MO or telephone 417-256-2391 to make the arrangements.