May 09, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer the workshop, "Intellectual Property Basics for Entrepreneurs" Wednesday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in the SBDC Education Center in the DeWitt Building at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg.

James Aquilina, an attorney with Design IP, will lead the workshop, designed to give general information about intellectual property issues affecting entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Topics include the available types of intellectual property (IP) protection, how IP adds value to businesses and protects investments and developments; critical deadlines for filing; approximate costs; and various options that startups may choose to protect their assets, including case studies and examples.

Aquilina has experience in a wide variety of intellectual property matters including patent preparation, prosecution, and re-examination, copyright and trademark prosecution, trade dress and unfair competition, licensing of IP assets, freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions, and IP litigation. He represents utility and design patent clients in a wide variety of technologies in the United States and abroad.

The cost to attend is $35 per person, and includes a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine. Registration is required as seating is limited.

To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit Veterans may attend free of charge.

Co-sponsors of the Bucknell SBDC business education programs include the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Brush Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, Middlecreek Valley and Perry County Chambers of Commerce; Watsontown Area Business Association; The Daily Item and Standard-Journal; and Inc. magazine.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

Contact: Division of Communications

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