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Forum for Small Business Inventors and Entrepreneurs

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Western Carolina University

State Rd 1330

Cullowhee, NC 28723

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The United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Innovation Development invites you to attend the Forum for Small Business, Inventors and Entrepreneurs on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The Forum will be held at the Western Carolina University, Cullowhee Campus.

If you are a small business owner, inventor, or entrepreneur, this Forum will provide you an opportunity to network with experts in the intellectual property field including government and industry representatives including the Small Business Technology Development Center who will help attendees gain insight into all facets of the patent process and small business support.

Featured guest, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, will open the Forum and discuss local resources available to attendees.

Registration is free, open to the public, and includes all conference sessions and materials. Registration requests for attendance will be honored on a first-come first served basis. Registration is limited and will close after the first 100 registration requests have been received.

Agenda:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration

8:30: AM – 9:15 AM Welcome Remarks and Conference Overview

Welcome from Western Carolina University

Comments from U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district

9:15 AM– 10:15 AM What is Intellectual Property and the Types of Patents?, Presenter: Zandra Smith

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Resources for Inventors, Presenter: Sean Wilkerson

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Trademark and Branding Strategies, Presenter: Craig Morris

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Working with the Small Business and Technology Center

Panelists:

Mark Mills, SBTDC Program Director of Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Nicole Schwerbock, SBTDC Director of Technology and Commercialization

David Walker, Technology and Commercialization Counselor covering Western North Carolina Region

Sandra Dennison, Regional Center Director of SBTDC at Western Carolina University

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