START SMART: Protecting Your Company's IP
Thursday, October 30
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111
Learn the answers to these issues:
- How to protect your company's IP
- How not to infringe on another's IP
- How to handle IP created by your employees, including non-compete clauses
- Which to use: copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets
- First to file vs first to invent: changes in US patent law
Presented by Mike Lazzara, K&L Gates.
*NSF I-Corps Site Program Required to Attend*
CONNECTS: Art of the PitchFriday, October 31
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Posner Hall, Room 146
Is your pitch effective? Learn about the strategies, tactics and rationale for the successful investor pitch with guest Desmond O'Connor of Innovation Works. Des works with startup technology companies to identify and address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning.
CONNECTS: Creating a Successful Video Pitch
Friday, November 7
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Gates Hillman, Room 6115
Is your video pitch effective for competing in an online business competition for entrepreneurs? Learn how to create a successful video and capture the attention of venture capitalists. Ralph Vituccio, Assistant Professor at the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University, will lead this crucial workshop. If you are planning to participate in the McGinnis Venture Competition, remember that your first video pitch will determine if you advance to the second round!