Workshop will focus on inventors, entrepreneurs

Workshop will focus on inventors, entrepreneurs
The University of South Dakota Committee on Intellectual Property and the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company, with the assistance of the South Dakota Office of Commercialization, are co-sponsoring an interactive workshop on "Protecting Your Ideas and Inventions" Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

The workshop is aimed at anyone who has a good idea that might be developed into a product, process, or service, but is not sure how to protect the idea. A brief presentation by Tony Olson, president of Patents Pending in North Sioux City, will cover the basics of intellectual property: how to document that an idea is yours; protect the idea with a patent, copyright, or as a trade secret; and judge how the idea might be commercialized. Case studies will be used to illustrate what really happens in the world of patents, copyrights, and inventions.

After the presentation, there will be time for questions and informal discussion with Olson.

The workshop will be held in the Vermillion Entrepreneurship Center in the Market Street Professional Building, 116 Market Street, Vermillion. This is the first educational workshop on entrepreneurship and intellectual property offered as a collaboration between USD and the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company.

The workshop is open to the general public. Entrepreneurs � and those who would like to be � in Vermillion, Yankton, and surrounding communities, are especially encouraged to attend. Suggestions for future workshops and seminars will be solicited from the audience.

Light refreshments will be served, and all who attend are eligible to enter a raffle for books on patents and small businesses.

For further information contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, USD, 605-677-5370, or

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