[Postponed] Fabrication and Innovation Series: IP Strategy is a Business Strategy

 ***This event is postponed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.***


The official kickoff of the Fabrication and Innovation Series scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2017 has been postponed.  In lieu of the event, Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) John Cabeca will still be offering an Intellectual Property Q & A Session on February 17 at 4 PM in conjunction with the San Diego Patent and Trademark Resource Center in the Mary Hollis room located in the San Diego Central Library. The event will still be followed by a hands-on workshop by Fab Lab San Diego.  The event is free and available to the public.  More information and registration information are available here.


[Postponed] The City of San Diego, Fab Lab San Diego and the West Coast regional office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are proud to launch the Fabrication and Innovation Series to support entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers in the San Diego area. Throughout 2017, the Fabrication and Innovation Series will offer instructional seminars about making and intellectual property, as well as how both contribute to innovation and a potential successful startup.

The kickoff of the Fabrication and Innovation Series is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 2017, at the San Diego Central Library, which is a USPTO designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center, followed by a hands-on workshop at Fab Lab San Diego.

The series is free and open to the public, and the 3D modeling workshop has a $10 admission fee. Please register here by February 16, 2017.


John Cabeca, Director of the West Coast Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office.

"IP Strategy is a Business Strategy"

  • Overview of Intellectual Property Types: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets

  • Why Innovators and Entrepreneurs Should Consider Protecting Their IP?

  • Understanding the Risks of Early Disclosure.

  • How Intellectual Property and Manufacturing Overlap?

  • Resources and Assistance available through the USPTO


As new technologies related to 3D printing and rapid prototyping drive innovation and change industry, understanding how to utilize 3D tools is becoming a critical part of the design and development of products. In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Fundamentals of 3D modeling as related to basic prototype design

  • Examples of product development and prototyping

  • Software workflows for preparing a 3D model to print

With a focus on supporting the prototyping needs of the inventor and entrepreneur, this workshop will assist participants in learning the programs that can facilitate bringing their ideas to life through applied product prototyping. We will focus on 3D modeling, approaches to using these tools, as well as the impact that this technology has on the world of manufacturing and product development.