Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT
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320 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

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Presented by the Illinois SBDC ITC at ICNC.

Export While Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property 

You’ve put time and resources into building your company’s identity, product/services branding, and even proprietary technologies and methods.  But how do you protect those valuable assets from theft? Or from a competitor trading off of your hard-earned goodwill?  What additional protections does your company need to sell products and services internationally?

This workshop will help you learn:

  1. What you need to know about international law and how it pertains to trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  1. How and when to start protecting your company’s brands and technologies using trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  1. The costs and benefits of a well-planned and well-executed Intellectual Property strategy, and how those investments often increase the value of your company.
  1. How to (and how not to) respond to a cease-and-desist letter from another Intellectual Property rights holder.


  • 11:30 - 12:00: Lunch and networking 
  • 12:00 - 1:30: Presentation and Q&A 

There is free parking on the street. Lunch will be provided.

Who should attend:

New and current exporters. 

About the presenter:

Randy Micheletti is the founder of Incubate IP, a specialty law firm offering small and emerging companies sophisticated intellectual property portfolio development services at a fraction of the cost large law firms charge. To accomplish this, Randy brings a decade of experience from the world’s most sophisticated law firms to a compact, efficient platform. Randy graduated cum laude from Augustana College with a degree in Chemistry, then earned his M.S. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh where he studied non-hydrolyzable stereoelectronic mimics of peptide bonds. He then graduated with high honors (Order of the Coif) from Chicago- Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology) with a certificate in Intellectual Property. Randy is a frequently invited speaker at scientific meetings, universities, and startup incubators across the country. An avid trumpet player, Randy regularly performs with various musical groups around the Chicago area in his spare time.

Thanks to our sponsor!

The Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the center at (312)433-7656 or (312)433-2373.