Are you ready to Patent your Intellectual Property?

This course is the first step in getting your invention ready to talk to your patent attorney. It will help you design the patent to meet your business needs, not just help you get an expensive plaque on the wall.  Each participant will receive a copy of “Investing in Patents.”

The workshop will introduce you to Invention Canvas, a single-page tool for evaluating the business aspects of an invention prior to patenting. Not only will it cover the basics required by the Patent Office, the Canvas will evaluate enforceability and capture the economic value of your invention. This tool is used to expand the invention, generate business cases to support an investment, and make sure this is a good invention for patenting. The goal is to make a data-based decision on whether your invention is worth the investment of a patent.

You’ll discuss the best way to collaborate with other people in the startup community and how to encourage – not discourage – collaboration. The heart of the community is the Ethical Collaboration Agreement, which puts every one on the same page and breaks down the barriers to helping each other in an ethical, respectful manner.

Russ Krajec is the author of “Investing in Patents: Everything a Startup Investor needs to Know About Patents.” Russ’s no-nonsense, business-focused approach to intellectual property has earned him high praise. As a co-founder of Concurix, a software startup in Seattle subsequently acquired by Microsoft, Russ developed and honed analysis tools for intellectual property. These tools were expanded when he founded BlueIron, a patent financing business. Russ is not the conventional patent attorney, although he has written and prosecuted several hundred patents. Russ has over 30 issued US patents, and was an accomplished engineer  prior to becoming a patent attorney.

This workshop is FREE



Date(s) - Tue, Oct 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location & Directions
The Business Incubator Center


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Cancellation Policy: If a class/workshop is canceled by the Business Incubator Center, those who’ve registered and paid will receive a full refund, or the opportunity to credit their registration & fee to another class. The Business Incubator Center reserves the right to modify, withdraw or make substitutions for any announced classes and to change instructors.

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Refund Policy: The Business Incubator Center does not offer full refunds once a person has registered and paid for a class/workshop. If for some reason the participant cannot take the class on the scheduled day and has not given notice to the Business Incubator Center 3 business days prior to the class, the participant will not receive any refund but the participant will be credited for a future class/workshop of the same cost.

For example a participant registers and pays $50 for the How to Start a Business Class, if the participant calls and cancels 3 days before the class, they are refunded $40. If the participant calls the day before the class, the participant will not receive any refund but will be credited for a How to Start a Business Class or any other workshop that is of a $50 value.

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