Jill Gilbert Welytok is the managing attorney for Absolute Technology Law Group LLC, which is a team of Registered Patent, Trademark and Transactional attorneys.
We will be taking the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Clubs to a new level this Fall!
To kick off our year, we will have a JOINT MEETING and wine reception for the Mequon, West Bend and new Downtown Club at the meeting in the Germania Building at 135 W. Wells to discuss the manufacturing, marketing and legal issues that plaque all inventors trying to bring new ideas and products to market whether they are individuals, corporations or involved in large scale research and development.
MEETING DATE AND TIME:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Absolute Technology Law Group
135 W. Wells - Suite 518 (The Germania Building)
Downtown Milwaukee, WI 53203
(Driving directions are available at http://www.milwaukeepatents.com/downtowndirections.html
(NO registration is required. Call 414-223-1670 with questions or visit http://www.milwaukeepatents.com/inventors.html for more information.
We would especially like to thank the Ozaukee County Economic Development Commission and the Mequon and West Bend Libraries for their continuing support!
Parking is available directly across the street on 2ND and Wells, and is $6.00 for the evening.
This brainstorming session/reception will give you an opportunity to meet the manufacturers, marketing design experts, funding experts and patent professionals, including the following:
Corporate Marketing and Licensing: Jeff Lindsey and Cheryl Perkins from Innovationedge, a company specializing in marketing, commercializing and presenting innovative technologies to businesses and in helping bring new ideas to corporations. Please visit their website and view their bios at http://innovationedge.com/.
Domestic and Foreign Manufacturing and Sourcing: Jeff Plitt is an expert in China and Southeast Asian manufacturing alternatives for businesses. Please visit his site at www.PlittInternational.com. You will be able to ask questions of experts in India sourcing. We will also have a number of plastics, tooling, electronic and other manufacturers in attendance (TBA).
Product Design and Prototyping: Our club is very fortunate to have the continuing support of the talented industrial design firm of Brooks Stevens Design (http://www.brooksstevens.com/) and experienced product designer and prolific inventor Reed Felton.
Funding the Costs of Bringing an Invention to Market: We will be discussing the launch of Bizstarts, a non-profit organization started by entrepreneur Dan Steininger. Bizstarts is a new Milwaukee-based organization founded by Dan Steininger to foster entrepreneurship and match promising inventors with seed money. You’ll also be able to speak with an expert at financing the costs of fulfilling initial production and purchase orders of new products. (Dylanʼs site is at http://www.prairiebiz.com/).
Patent Issues - Patent Attorneys: Our staff and attorneys from other firms in the Milwaukee area (TBA) will also be discussing upcoming changes in the law.
We will be announcing the agenda for the upcoming West Bend, Mequon, and Milwaukee Downtown Clubs at this reception. Attendees will be surveyed on topics of interest and a calendar of meeting dates will be distributed after we convene. Please bring your ideas of what you’d like to hear about
Suggested topics and speakers we will discuss for the clubs this year include the following:
-- How companies decide which inventions to commercialize
-- Prototyping resources in Wisconsin
-- What it takes for a start-up to succeed
-- When to apply for a patent and why (and when to go to market without one)
-- How to bring your invention to major corporations
-- How to estimate the value of your invention
-- Understanding consumer products companies and the opportunities for outside innovators
-- "Secret" resources at Wisconsin universities and technical colleges that can accelerate your business
-- Finding funding for your business: pitfalls and tips
-- Common mistakes inventors make in protecting their invention and how to avoid them