Larry Elle 
Professional Development Collaborative, Inc. 


Friday May 1, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Career Source Career Center 
186 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138

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How to Apply for and Obtain a US Patent Without Going Broke 

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

WHERE:   Career Source Career Center, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA, 3rd Floor, in the Fresh Pond Shopping Ctr., near the Alewife T Station. Free parking available. 

Cost: $97.00
Early Bird Rate:  $87.00 through April 24, 2015

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have intellectual property to protect? Are you an engineer, scientist or attorney who wants to master a crucial component of today’s knowledge economy?  This workshop provides you with an understanding of what it takes to determine if an idea is worth the process of obtaining a trademark, copyright or patent; the important differences among these three options; and how to go through the application and approval process without going broke.  You’ll learn about the costs of obtaining a patent, how to avoid unnecessary legal fees, and private and public supports to help you get there. Taught by an established inventor and holder of multiple patents, you’ll learn that all innovations are not patentable; the different types of patents that can be filed, and what type of patents have the greatest likelihood of success.

Each Participant Will Also Learn How To:

  • Research your idea and compare it to other ideas/products already in existence
  • Empower yourself by understanding the differences within the types of Intellectual property and how best to protect them
  • Calculate the costs of trademark, copyright and patent protection and determine what choice makes the most  sense to pursue
  • Keep costs low and find investors or other ways to fund your ideas
  • Understand the differences in types of patents awarded and the chances of success.
  • Structure and begin writing a patent application preparing it for submission

Who Should Attend:

Innovators curious to go forward with their ideas.  Existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, individuals interested in copyrights, trademarks, patents, engineers,  legal research, patent developers, hobbyists, business professionals, creative individuals, marketing professionals, scientists, anyone who is interested in inventing and inventions.

PRESENTER: Fran Barbaro, MBA & Entrepreneur, has her MBA in Technology and Entrepreneurship from the University of Liverpool. She has been awarded 4 patents from the US patent office based on technological advances to internet structure and design. She has eight additional patents pending. Her background has been in sales, marketing, engineering, and management with startups, large corporations, and service companies. She is currently building four companies to launch the patents that have been awarded, filed, and prosecuted.

Register online and reserve your seat Now.  Workshop size is limited to 45.  Registration ends 9:00am May 1, 2015 or when workshop is full. 

If paying by check your check must be received by April 24, 2015.  We are not responsible for lost, delayed, or misdirected mail.  Major credit cards accepted via PayPal. You do NOT need a PayPal account or registration to use PayPal. 

Refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. 

Refunds are provided to workshop participants when they notify the Professional Development Collaborative 24 hours in advance of the workshop. Credit card charges and handling are subtracted from the amount refunded. A credit may also be applied to a future workshop in lieu of a refund. All refund requests should be sent by email to:

Refund requests that arrive after the workshop begins are not accepted and no refund will be provided.

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The Professional Development Collaborative, Inc. is a non-profit education and training center for professionals in transition who are seeking to grow their skills and utilize their expertise in a professional setting.  Subject matter experts with in-demand skills provide affordable training, while businesses and organizations offer collaborative work opportunities and employment alliances.  The vision of the PDC is to create an organization that grows the skills of highly motivated professionals, and in turn, is an aid to the New England economy. We welcome your help as volunteers, trainers, or employed professionals open to mentoring other professionals.


 “Training Today’s Professionals For Tomorrow’s Workplace”