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National workshop still open

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 11 - November 2, 1995

Participants can still register for the National Innovation Workshop, scheduled for November 3-4 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The workshops, which the U.S. Department of Energy's Inventions and Innovation Division holds throughout the country, provide practical guidance and information needed by inventors and innovative small businesses to develop and market their products and services.

The Roanoke workshop will feature lectures and panel discussions on such topics as effectively describing your idea, protecting your idea, sources of information, commercializing your invention, estimating the value of your invention, licensing, structuring an organization to grow, business planning, early-stage financing, pending patent legislation, developing your prototype, and marketing methods, techniques, and practices for marketing and selling new technologies.

Resources will be made available on technical and business data, books and publications of particular interest to inventors, and federal, state, and local programs that provide assistance for inventors.

The plenary speaker will be local inventor Linda Balentine of Woodpecker Products Inc. Other speakers will be Robert G. Templin Jr., president of the CIT; Tracy Wilkins, director of the Fralin Biotechnology Center at Virginia Tech and recipient of eight U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents; and Donald G. Kelly, patent examining group director for the Patent and Trademark Office in the U.S. Department of Commerce and recipient of the U.S. Commerce Department's Gold Medal.

The cost of attending the workshop is $125, which covers workshop sessions, education materials, two breakfasts, two lunches, coffee breaks, and a reception. Registration is on a space-available basis. To register call 1-5182.