LegalCORPS and the Hennepin County Library System work together to provide essential education about protecting inventions for Minnesota’s entrepreneurs.   This education helps them overcome one of their hurdles to turning their ideas into commercial enterprises – protecting their ideas with a patent.

LegalCORPS and the Hennepin County Library System have assembled a team of business and patent law experts to provide essential information on navigating the patent process and answer common questions about protecting inventions.  For instance:

  • I want to protect my invention—where do I start?
  • Is my invention really new? How do I know if someone else has already patented my idea?
  • What is a provisional patent application and how to I prepare one?

This series features three seminars that will provide the essential information needed for successfulparticipation in the Writing and Filing a Provisional Patent Application Workshop.

 I. Intellectual Property Basics for Inventors

Date: January 25, 2017

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm

Location: Minneapolis Central Library (Best Buy Training Room on the 1st floor)

Description: IP survey class

Speaker: LegalCORPS volunteer attorneys

Cost: none

Registration for these classes opens approximately 30 days before the date of the class. Register online at: http://www.hclib.org/pub/events or call 612-543-8000. Search the Events Calendar using the keyword “patent”.

II. Patent Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017

4:30-6 pm

Location: Minneapolis Central Library,

RKMC Meeting Room S-275

Date:

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017

7-8:30 pm

Location: Southdale Regional Library

3rd Floor Training Room

7001 York Ave.

Edina, MN 5543

Speaker: Walt Johnson, HCL Patent and Trademark Librarian

Description: Basic facts on patents and how to do an on-line patent search

Cost: none

Registration for these classes opens approximately 30 days before the date of the class. Register online at: http://www.hclib.org/pub/events or call 612-543-8000. Search the Events Calendar using the keyword “patent”.

III. Writing and Filing a Provisional Patent Application Workshop

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm– 7:00 pm

Location: Minneapolis Central Library (RKMC Room #S-275)

Speakers: LegalCORPS Volunteer Patent Attorney

Description: How to make a provisional patent application on your own. It is recommended that one or both of the IP Survey and Patent Workshop classes be taken beforehand.

Cost: none

Registration for these classes opens approximately 30 days before the date of the class. Register online at: http://www.hclib.org/pub/events or call 612-543-8000. Search the Events Calendar using the keyword “patent”.

Media contact:

iapadmin@legalcorps.org