Thursday June 16, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Braintree Business Development Center 
201 East Fifth Street
Mansfield, OH 44902

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Bob Cohen 
Braintree Business Development Center 

Jake Ward - You Don't Need a Patent If....

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another.  Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive.  With startups especially, every dollar matters.  Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

 In considering IP protection, one type of IP generally comes to mind – patents.  However, while often valuable, patent protection is sometimes inappropriate for the circumstances.  Other forms of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, can sometimes better serve an entrepreneur.  This seminar will discuss various scenarios in which patent protection may not be necessary, and how other types of IP can be used to greater effect.  Key distinctions between patents and the other types of IP will also be discussed.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered U.S. Patent Attorney and Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident, will present on intellectual property law. Mr. Ward is a Partner with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, having offices in Ohio and Michigan. His practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, electrical, and mechanical arts. Mr. Ward also prepares legal opinions in relation to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice.

Additionally, Mr. Ward is the founding author of the Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog, which provides light commentary on the practice of patent law, trademark law, and science & technology.

The session is scheduled for 9:30 - 11:30 am and will include lunch at 11:30 am. Following the session an opportunity will be made for participants to meet individully with Mr. Ward to discuss your particular intelectual property issues. If you would desire an individual meeting please contact Mr. Bob Cohen at 419-525-1614 or bcohen@braintreepartners.org to schedule your time.