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Lunch & Learn: Protect Your IP—Patent and Trademark Basics

  • VenturePad 1020 B Street San Rafael, CA, 94901 United States (map)

What businesses should know about patents and trademarks.

This is a class is for people who want to protect the names of their companies, brands, and products from competitors and people who want to protect their inventions from knockoffs with patents for competitive advantages in commerce. Build a barrier to entry against competition.

We will cover the basics of patents and trademarks. 

• Do you need patents or trademarks? 
• What is required to get patents and trademarks?  
• How much do patents and trademarks cost?
• What do you do if a competitor has a patent or trademark?  

The goal is to explain the costs and benefits of trademarks and patents so that you can determine if intellectual property protection makes sense for your business.

Please bring your patent and trademark questions.  

Presented by Paul Tomita, Staniford Tomita LLP

Paul Tomita is the founder of the IP Law Firm, Staniford Tomita LLP which provides intellectual property legal services to various entrepreneurial organizations: Telluride Venture Accelerator, University of San Francisco, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and Fort Lewis College. His firm's clients include: 3D Systems, AMD, Affirm, Dell, Dolby Labs, EMC, GLOW, and numerous startups including Guardian Bike Company which was recently featured on Shark Tank. 

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$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.  
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

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