InventorsEye | April 2010
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April 2010

AI2V Rice University
Sponsored by I2V
A highly-acclaimed four-day intensive workshop which provides instruction, exercises, pitching and coaching, complete with real-time feedback from coaches and investors.

Rice University
Houston, Texas

The Georgetown University Law Center Conference
On The Changing Patent Landscape

Sponsored by Intellectual Property Owners Association
With a new decade upon us, the patent landscape continues to evolve as the US Supreme Court addresses patentable subject matter in In re Bilski, and the new administration makes patent reform a key agenda item. IPO is sponsoring a half-day program with a collection of leading experts from academia, industry and the judiciary as they offer insight into "hot topics" in IP law, including damages, reexaminations and inequitable conduct.

Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium
Washington, D.C.

20th @ 7 p.m.
Suffolk County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meeting
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Owners Association
Ben Hopson, Product Design Novice and seasoned inventors alike will be afforded brainstorming opportunities through this association that can help with all aspects of the inventing process and enable individuals to tap into key resources for entrepreneurs and established businesses through various county programs.

H. Lee Dennison Bldg. 100 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge, N.Y.

26th @ 8:30 a.m.
Joint Meeting and Class on Intellectual Property Licensing for World IP Day
Sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Licensing Executives Society's D.C. Chapter, and the Inventors Network of the Capital Area
A class, PDS 100: Commercializing Technology Through the Power of IP Licensing, will be held until 5:30 p.m., followed by a free networking reception. The monthly INCA meeting will take place after the networking event until 8 p.m.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Va.

May 2010

USPTO Online Inventor Chat
Sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Stay tuned to on May 3rd.


13th @ 6 p.m.
Grand Rapids Inventors Network Monthly Meeting
Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Inventors Network
Cynthia VanRenterghem, co-founder of Plumstone Inc. and Sunstick Home Products. An avid gardner, Cynthia launched her company's award winning Sunstick product and shaped her interest and ideas into a viable business.

GVSU's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan Street N.E., Room 119
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Science Lecture Hall
101 at Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd.
Costa Mesa, Calif.

June 2010

Science Lecture Hall
101 at Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd.
Costa Mesa, Calif.

11th & 12th @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Invention & Idea Show 2010
Sponsored by the Minnesota Inventors Congress
The most important investment an inventor can make is to learn the product development process and finding out if there is a market for your product is an essential part of that process. Since 1958, inventors from across the country have traveled to Redwood Falls, Minn., to test market their products and attend our Inventing Success Workshops.

Redwood Area Community Center
901 Cook St.
Redwood Falls, Minn.

15th & 16th
Early Stage East Venture Conference
Sponsored by Early Stage East
Up to 10 pre-qualified companies per venture track each giving an elevator pitch. The tracks include financial service technologies, social media technologies, and clean, green Technologies. The event includes networking time and a cocktail reception with jazz performances.

Hotel DuPont
Wilmington, Del.

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in this issue
The National Inventors Hall of Fame
Sixteen new members inducted
By Jeff Look : Public Affairs
Provisional Patent Applications:
What You Need to Know

By John Calvert : Inventors Assistance Program
Spark of Genius
Simon Says: Invent.

By Jeff Look : Public Affairs
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