Events

SBIR Webinars

The Small Business Administration has several upcoming SBIR webinars that will discuss understanding intellectual property (IP), which includes patent practice and cooperation, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. Webinars will also introduce SBIR programs in the Departments of Transportation and Education.
 

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Wichita SCORE: Simple Steps: Module 4 - Financial Projections

April 21
9:15 a.m. - NOON
Park City Library, 2107 E. 61st, Park City, KS 
 
This SCORE program will cover module 4 of Simple Steps for Starting Your Business and provide insight into how to effectively make financial projections for your business.
 

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ARM Institute Regional Robotics Innovation Workshop

April 24
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
National Center for Aviation Training
, 4004 N. Webb Rd, Wichita, KS

Join the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute and Wichita State University to learn how ARM’s national consortium will drive innovation in industrial robotics and workforce development. Attendees can expect to engage with industry leaders in the Kansas region and learn more about working with ARM to drive innovation in industrial robotics. This event is free to attend and open to ARM members and non-members. 

 

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WSU Ventures Guest Panel: Next Steps: Taking Your Invention or Product to the Next Level

April 24
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Lower Level, Ablah Library

A guest panel from WSU Ventures will discuss next steps for inventors who need fund, develop, commercialize, or license their product.

 

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Wichita SCORE: Talking to Your Banker

April 26
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Maize Recreation Center, 10100 Grady Ave, Maize, KS
 
This SCORE program will provide you information on talking to your banker. Register Online http://www.MaizeRec.com  or by contacting Brad Piper at (316) 729-7818.
 

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Wichita SCORE: Social Media Marketing

April 28
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Alford Branch Library - Meeting Room, 3447 S. Meridian Ave.

 This SCORE program will provide you everything you need to know about protecting your investment in your small business. You will also learn about business start-up resources available at the library. Register online with a library card at http://wichitalibrary.org/  or if you don't have a library card you can register by contacting John Cleary at (316) 261-8507 or by email to jcleary@wichita.gov

 

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Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

May 1
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

Congratulations, you have obtained an SBIR/STTR grant/contract award. This is a legally binding funding agreement with a federal agency for the funding of your research. This module is designed to be an introduction to understanding the agreement and management of intellectual property (or, IP) rights (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets) flowing from that agreement with respect to the federally funded subject invention; understanding the difference(s) between the conception of and reduction to practice for a “subject invention” and the diligence in maintaining record keeping; and identifying the intellectual property rights in inventions, discoveries, or ideas developed under SBIR/STTR grants/contracts. 

 

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Trademarks in the U.S.

May 2
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

This module will help you to understand what a trademark or service mark is and how they differ from a domain name or a business name registration. You also will learn how to select a strong mark that is legally protectable and federally registrable, how to search the proposed mark to identify potential conflicts with prior registered or applied-for marks, how to apply for federal registration of the mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  (USPTO), and the differences between federal and state registration of marks.

 

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The International Trademark Portfolio

May 3
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

In today’s global economy, businesses engaged in exporting or seeking to protect themselves against intellectual property theft from abroad must have a strategy for protecting their trademarks in other countries. This module will introduce you to the concept of “territoriality,” i.e., that trademarks (like patents) must be protected on a country-by-country basis. In the U.S., trademark rights are based on use of the mark in connection with products or services.

 

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The Basic US Patent Practice

May 7
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

This module will focus on the basics of U.S. patents: what is a patent, the types of patents in the U.S. (utility, design, plant) and what is protected by each type, what can be patented, the standards of patentability, who can apply for a patent, what it means to have a patent, including the patent term, the time period for filing a patent application, and the changes brought about under the America Invents Act (AIA), concluding with how a patent may be used to advance your business interests. 

 

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Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad

May 8
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

This module will explore building the international patent portfolio, using the “one-stop shopping” Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for utility patents, including an overview of the differences between the US (utility) patent system and patents internationally, considerations in developing an international patent filing strategy, filing patents in non-PCT countries, and an overview of initiatives to harmonize patent systems. 

 

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Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice

May 9
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

You have a new technology and you wish to prepare a patent application for filing in the U.S. What should you expect next? In this module, you will learn the importance of freedom to operate, the critical nature of an effective filing date, and the difference between actual reduction to practice and a constructive reduction to practice under the America Invents Act (AIA). We shall explore in greater depth the issue of the time period for filing a patent application, introduced in the Basic U.S. Patent Practice, including what constitutes public disclosure of your invention and how your own invention can become “prior art” against you in the age of the Internet.

 

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Copyright (Domestic and International)

May 10
Webinar
12:00 p.m.

Many businesses that are not in the content creative industries, e.g., movies, music, books, video games and software, discount the importance of understanding what a copyright is. But most businesses have more copyrighted works than any other type of intellectual property. For example, logos, product design, product packaging, advertising and promotional materials, product catalogs, and websites, as well as software, are all types of business assets that may be protected by copyright. 

 

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SBIR Monthly Q&A

May 17
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Experiential Engineering Building 163

These monthly sessions allow students, faculty and staff to learn more about the U.S. government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs or ask questions about specific topics.

 

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Wichita SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Module 5 - Funding Sources

May 19
9:15 a.m. - NOON
Park City Library, 2107 E. 61st, Park City, KS
 
This SCORE program will cover module 5 of Simple Steps for Starting Your Business and provide insight into finding and applying for funding for your business.
 

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