Free intellectual property panel discussion at Central Piedmont March 27

last modified Mar 13, 2019 07:47 AM

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (MIIP), which promotes intellectual property education and respect for creative work, crucial elements in driving innovation, and entrepreneurship, has partnered with North Carolina’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN) to provide small businesses throughout the state with a wealth of free learning materials and resources that support IP protection.

Under the agreement, MIIP will grant local network centers access to its vast IP education portfolio which includes books, videos, workshop materials, and other assets on the topics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and more. Entrepreneurs hailing from urban, suburban, and rural communities within North Carolina will receive free access to all of MIIP’s IP course materials and special IP training sessions, both in-person and virtually.

The first North Carolina event – “Hacking IP: Considerations for Startups and Entrepreneurs” – will be held on March 27, at 6 p.m., in Central Piedmont Community College’s Zeiss Building, located on the college’s Central Campus, at 1221 Elizabeth Ave., in Charlotte. Students, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs are all invited to attend an evening of engaging discussion on all things intellectual property related with a panel of IP specialists, presented in collaboration with SBCN.

“To host the event in Charlotte and kick off the SBCN partnership with Michelson Institute will be valuable for our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Renee Hode, executive director of the Central Piedmont Small Business Center. “IP can be critical in helping new ventures transfer their innovation into market value and generally, startups don’t know where to begin when it comes to IP. This event and future leverage of MIIP training resources will provide a place to start and a continuum to grow IP knowledge.

“North Carolina is at the forefront of innovation in America and home to the nation’s thriving FinTech industry,” says Dr. Gary K. Michelson, inventor and founder of the Michelson 20MM Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with SBCN in democratizing access to IP education and helping to fill a critical gap for business owners and startup founders searching for intellectual property resources.

Throughout the upcoming year, MIIP and SBCN will coordinate with its other partners to produce IP-centered workshops and develop ways to strengthen network offerings. By crowdsourcing feedback and familiar pain-points among SBCN clients, program directors and administrators will be able to craft solutions, expand their IP materials portfolio, and tailor their offerings to clients' specific industries.

“We’re thrilled that North Carolina was chosen to pilot this statewide partnership program with MIIP,” says SBCN Director Anne Shaw. “Some of our clients hail from underserved urban and rural communities, and the institute’s incredible resources will provide them with much needed just-in-time and real-time IP education and support to help initiate or scale their ventures.”