Inventor and Entrepreneurships Seminars

Inventor and Entrepreneurships Seminars

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Lanier Tech Manufacturing & Development Center, and the Georgia Tech Center for Innovation will sponsor a two-part series for inventors and entrepreneurs. The seminars, Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 16, will be held at the Lanier Tech Manufacturing and Development Center, 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville. Cost is $10 per session, $15 for both sessions. Includes breakfast.

Inventor/Entrepreneur Education Series: Part 1

Understanding Patents & Licensing, Tuesday, June 9 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

The goal of many inventors and entrepreneurs is to create a new product, protect it, and secure a licensing deal. Licensing is extremely complex as it has both legal and business dimensions. This workshop will address key issues for inventors, such as understanding the basics of patent protection and the process of licensing an invention, examples of success and pitfalls to avoid. Guest speaker is William H. Needle, founding partner of the Needle & Rosenberg firm, which specialized in intellectual property law. Mr. Needle is also an adjunct professor of licensing law at Emory University School of Law and adjunct professor of patent law at Georgia State University College of Law. Peers in the legal community have voted him one of Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite annually since 2003. He has practiced patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law exclusively over his 37-year career.

Inventor/Entrepreneur Education Series: Part 2

Invention & Entrepreneurship, Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Many people dream of starting their own business, and for some inventors, their new idea is the perfect reason to dive head-first into entrepreneurship. Many inventors don’t want to sell their idea to another company and decide to build their new business venture from the ground up, using their invention as the foundation. Guest speakers include Ken Watkins, a developer of AgeAlert™, a product that directly measures and gives advanced warning on the aging process of a wide range of products; Karen Nadler-Sachs, founder of Save the Chairs!, a 42-year old mom, part-time attorney, former tailoring student and inventor; and, Russell Rainey of Rainey Compression Essentials, who took his background in research and development in electronics and turned it into a million-dollar company, making post-surgical apparel for plastic surgery patients.

To register, contact Brittany Holtzclaw at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce,770-532-6206, or email: