Free Intellectual Property Workshop

Frostburg State Presenting Free Intellectual Property Workshop

Intellectual property (IP) – for established businesses, startup entrepreneurs, inventors and others – can be extremely valuable, but the concept can be confusing. To help untangle the mystery, Frostburg State University will offer an Intellectual Property Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Gira Center room 397. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

“Intellectual property can be very valuable to University faculty and even to students. For startup companies, established businesses and individuals exploring the start of a new business venture, understanding and protecting IP can be the difference between success and failure,” said Al Delia, vice president for Regional Development and Engagement at FSU.

FSU’s IP Workshop will include a networking opportunity, an expert presentation on IP strategies and a panel discussion about firsthand experiences with protecting IP.

“This workshop will teach people how best to safeguard their innovations, including useful information about trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets,” Delia said. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone in our region to learn how to protect their IP.”

Patricia Campbell, professor of law at the University of Maryland’s Carey Law School, will present “Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups and Entrepreneurs.” Campbell is also director of the IP Law Program and director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center.

The panel discussion, “The IP Journey: Lessons Learned From Entrepreneurs,” will be moderated by Anne Balduzzi, an early pioneer of the Internet whose background includes product development and marketing for Apple, AOL in its startup days and Viewtron, the first consumer online service in North America. Balduzzi serves as TEDCO’s director of Advisory Services where she runs the Rural Business Innovation Initiative, the Rural Pre-Seed Fund and TEDCO’s Network Advisors program.

The discussion will feature three panelists with varying experiences in the IP arena.

Michelle Leveque is founder and principal of Leveque Intellectual Property Law, P.C. She has 25 years of experience in IP law and has worked in many specialized technical disciplines.

Chuck Manto is CEO of Instant Access Networks LLC, a consulting/research and development firm that specializes in electromagnetic pulse protection. Manto holds six patents in telecommunications, computer mass storage and EMP protection, with a seventh patent pending.

Mike Steele is the founder of Motobriiz LLC, which manufactures wind-powered automatic motorcycle chain oilers. Steele successfully pursued patents for his invention in the U.S., through the World International Patent Organization and in several other countries.

To register for the IP Workshop, visit and click the registration link.

The IP Workshop is cosponsored by FSU, TEDCO, the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center at the University of Maryland and the Mountain Maryland Tech Network.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Gira Center room 397

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