The office of technology, commercialization and economic development at the University of Missouri-Rolla will host a free seminar on intellectual property from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Carver-Turner Room of UMR’s Havener Center on campus.
The main speaker will be Randy Canis, a patent attorney from the St. Louis office of the law firm of Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner and Kluth. Canis will discuss the definitions and laws associated with intellectual property. Eric Anderson of UMR’s office of technology commercialization and economic development will then discuss the processes UMR uses to file disclosures and patents. Both speakers will answer questions from the audience.
“We have people in the office every week asking about the patent process,” says Barry White, program manager for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach at UMR. “They usually have the cart in front of the horse, in that they want to immediately commercialize their invention. To protect themselves, they should learn about the intellectual property process before trying to sell their idea.”
The campus community and the general public are invited to attend the seminar. For more information, call 573-341-4690.