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Patent Conference Oct. 29 in Casper

October 19, 2010 — Why do patents exist and how do they protect inventors? A detailed explanation of the patent application process will be offered Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Workforce Services Center, 851 Werner Court, Room 120 in Casper.

Registration is free of charge, but sign-up is required at Deadline to register is Oct. 21.

The seminar will be presented as a video conference, and attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters.

Anthony Knight, Robert Spear and John Calvert of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host the program. Knight will explain the steps to applying for a patent and the types of applications and their requirements.

Spear will explain what design patents are and their scope of protection.

Calvert will discuss useful information and resources available to inventors seeking the services of an invention promotion firm and how to evaluate the legitimacy of these firms.

Wyoming Entrepreneur is a business consulting group consisting of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC), the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Wyoming Market Research Center. It helps Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed. Counseling and most market research services are free of charge to Wyoming residents.

Wyoming Entrepreneur is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional support comes from the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. For more information, visit the Web site,

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