WVU College of Law to host free intellectual property seminar tomorrow

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 2, 2015

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University College of Law will host a free intellectual property seminar for business owners, inventors, consultants, students and lawyers.

The Nov. 3 seminar is entitled “Intellectual Property Condensed: What Every Inventor, Small Business Owner, and Lawyer Should Know,” and will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

"The seminar … is focused on providing attendees with a basic knowledge of assessing their company’s intellectual property, including trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress, copyrights and patents,” said Nancy E. Trudel, interim director of the law school's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic. “Attendees will be further instructed in how to determine the best means of legal protection available and applicable to their company's goods and/or services.”

Patent attorneys and other experts will speak to entrepreneurs on the importance of protecting their original ideas and work. Craig Morris, managing attorney for Trademark Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington will be the keynote speaker. Also presenting at the seminary are attorneys Dusty Gwinn, Monika Jaensson and Michael Smith, as well as WVU patent and trademark librarian Marian Amour-Gemmen.

Numerous entrepreneurs will gather to share their individual stories concerning patent law.

The seminar is organized and hosted by the WVU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic, a branch of WVU Law that provides legal advice to small businesses, non-profits, start-ups, and individuals.

To register for the seminar, contact Angie Haught at 304-293-7249304-293-7249 or at angie.haught@wvulaw-eilc.net.

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