Times Staff Report
May 14, 2013
PRESTONSBURG — Young Professionals of East Kentucky and the Morehead State University/ACTC Innovation & Commercialization Center Team have partnered to create a new initiative in Eastern Kentucky called i2b: innovation + invention = business!
The initiative is designed to encourage inventors and innovators to come forward with their ideas and create new business opportunities for themselves and the region. The initiative will kick off on May 28, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park at the Invention and Intellectual Property Conference.
The day’s events will begin with a thorough discussion of patents and intellectual property by Lexington patent attorney, Jim Francis. Attorney Suzi Hixon will then discuss trademarks and copyrights. During lunch, retired business executive Rick Johnson will address the audience. Johnson has managed business ranging from start-ups to publicly traded, multi-million dollar companies. Later events include prototyping, financing your invention-based business, and a discussion on the potential for licensing your invention to a large company. At the close of the event, interested parties will have an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Innovation & Commercialization Center to discuss starting their business.
The conference will be held at Jenny Wiley State Park from 10am-3pm and will cost $10- which includes lunch. Recent graduates or college students can attend free. Although YPEK is making a special effort to reach out to young inventors, the event is open to the public and to interested parties of all ages. Doors open for registration and networking with ICC staff at 9 a.m. Exhibitors are welcome.
To register or to learn more please contact Johnathan Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (859) 797-5759.