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Philadelphia Inventors Symposium

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The Nikola Tesla Inventors Club, in association with the Tesla Science Foundation (http://www.nikolatesl... (, is hosting a symposium at Drexel University to assist inventors and entrepreneurs who would like to transform their respective ideas into successful commercial ventures. A variety of interesting and useful topics will be covered. (See the schedule below).

Also, come and see a Tesla Roadster electric car on display! http://www.teslamotor... (

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Location: Randell Hall,[masked] Chestnut Street, Room 121. (Enter via the Drexel Main Building at the corner of 32nd & Chestnut, through the hallway to the right of the main stairwell.) Limited street parking is available in the area. Drexel also has a parking garage for $7.00/day on the corner of 34th and Ludlow (between Market and Chestnut).

Contact: Jeff Maday, [masked]

8:00-8:30 Set up

8:30-9:00 Meet & Greet

9:00–9:05 Introduction

9:05-9:50 Thomas Fetterman, Inventor of gel filled shock-absorbing crutch tip, crutches, and accessories.

9:50-10:20 Rod Herrell, Patent Attorney, Ph.D. Oncology, Dann Dorfman Herrell & Skillman. Topic: Tying Trademark Law with New Product Development.

10:20-10:50 Reuben Canada, Patent Attorney, B.S.E.E., Woodcock Washburn. Topic: Overview of Patent Law.

10:50-10:55 Break

10:55-11:25 Angela Willie, Assistant Dept Head, Business, Science & Industry Dept, Free Library of Philadelphia. Topic: Patent & Trademark Depository Library (PTDL).

11:25-12:10 Barbara Bigford, Author and Inventor of Beachpockets®, a beach umbrella anchoring device with annual sales projections over $10 million from a recent licensing agreement.

12:10-12:40 Lunch

12:40-1:25 Michael Treat, MD, M.S. Physics, Independent Inventor. Topic: Life, Times, and Patents of Nikola Tesla.

1:25-1:55 Meg Baker, Patent Agent, Ph.D. Nutrition with minors in Pharmacology and Physiological Chemistry, J&J Corporate Law Dept, Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc. Topic: Preparing an Invention Disclosure and Working with a Patent Professional.

1:55-2:00 Break

2:00-2:45 Andrew Ney, Patent Attorney, B.S.E.E., Of Counsel to Barley Snyder, LLC. Topic: Patent Licensing.

2:45-3:30 Frank Taney, Attorney, B.A. Economics, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC. Topic: Building a Business Around Your Invention.

3:30-3:35 Break

3:35-4:35 Jeff Dobkin, Author, Marketing. Topic: Cost-Effective Marketing Strategies.

4:35-5:05 Peter Gibbons, Attorney, Independent Inventor. Topic: The Foundation for Responsible Technology.

5:05-5:10 Break

5:15-5:55 Michael Craner, Patent Agent, President of MediaComm Innovations, M.S.E.E. & C.E., Co-founder of Renew America RoadtripTM - "Driving America Green!" and owner of Tesla Roadster electric car. Topic: Stimulating Innovation.

5:55-6:00 Closing.