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August 6, 2012

Inventors to convene Saturday in Stillwater

Workshop to be held at Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma Inventors Congress newsletter is entitled “I have an idea — where do I go from here?”

That notion and question might be on the minds of people attending the OIC annual meeting Saturday at the Advanced Technology Research Center at Oklahoma State University.

“If somebody thinks they have a product or an idea, this would be a good meeting to attend,” said Dan Hoffman, president of the OIC. “If they have a product, a widget, a gadget, anything or any idea they think they can patent, they should come.”

Hoffman said the meeting is not limited to members. Guests are welcome. RSVP is due today at dhoffman@telepath.com or call 405-348-7794. Lunch costs $7 per person.

Hoffman said approximately 50 people are expected to attend the workshop that is intended to assist inventors with an array of issues, from patent searches to marketing.

“A meeting like this can be very helpful to people,” said Hoffman. “We might be able to give them a track to run on.”

According to its website, the OIC is “designed to bring together members of the inventive community.”

Dr. Daniel Tilley, Associate Director of the New Product Development Center at OSU, will speak about the Oklahoma Inventors Assistance Service.

Inventor and entrepreneur Gary Polson of Stillwater will speak about patent and Internet searching.

“These meetings are really good,” said Polson. “People learn the process of invention, and it’s a good way to network with inventors and make contacts.”

Suzanne Reinman, Associate Professor at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at OSU, will talk about research in the patent office data base.

“People can get a good idea about the whole invention process, from conception to invention,” said Reinman. “If you are just starting down the road with a product or idea, it’s helpful to have contacts with people who have already experienced what you are going through. The process is not easy, so if you can attend (the meeting) it will help you.”

The workshop also will include a new product and process expo presented by former Congressman Wes Watkins.

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