February 27 Speaker's Meeting - Provisional Patent Application to Commercialization: a Challenging but Rewarding Journey
Intellectual property lawyers Michael Roman and Jeff Morton from Clark Wilson LLP will discuss patenting and commercializing your inventions from a market strategy perspective.
Patenting and commercialization are usually long, demanding processes. Without a clear and current understanding of the outcomes you want. Your efforts can be wasted and your outcomes can be disappointing. The right perspective will help guide you to success and away from disaster, whether you do it all by yourself or lead a team.
1) TV Documentary *"The Audience"* is conducting auditions for their Canadian spin-off of the ground-breaking UK series. The story producer Tami Gabay will be there to ask the question,
"Can the “wisdom of the crowd” change a person’s life for the better?"
In each episode, viewers will meet someone at a crossroads who is facing a life-changing decision. The dilemmas can run the gamut from career to family, travel, and finances. It will delve into questions like:
-Should leave my day job to pursue my true passion?
-Should go into a business with a family?
The President has decided not to have a speaker for the month of September. What he would like to do is to have a general discussion with ALL the members to discuss direction; needs; what you the membership expect from the society and what parts you want to play within this great society. The President wants to see us attract, help and share in the successes of people inventing products and marketing their products. We urge you all to come out and give us your valuable thoughts.
Ron will be speaking his experience so far from idea to manufacturing. He has experienced almost all facets of commercial product development and he will be sharing his insight about the following points;
1. Value Proposition
2. Choose Selling Brand or Stuff
3. Choose Online or Stores…or Both
4. Demand Drivers
5. $ & Labour Cost of IP, Startup & Traction
6. Retail in 10 Years
7. Product, Brand & Distribution
8. Exit strategy
Using the creation of Henry Ford's Model T and the development of its original Flywheel Magneto Assembly Line, David will set up a unique analogy involving selling and marketing based on perfect database targeting and constructing messaging composed of component parts -all processed in continuous linear motion.
Joe will be showing a variety of plastic parts that they have produced. The Advance Technical Team works with CAD (computer aided design) drawings. They take a project from concept to production. The Company makes molds, start to finish, right here in Burnaby. We do low and high production volumes for our customers.
Joe will also speak about patents and trade marks related to this industry.
Corey Keith will be speaking via webinar to the members about how to secure funding for your company so it can grow. There will be printed handouts of his slideshow to follow along with and you will be encouraged to ask questions during the meeting. His PowerPoint will not be available to download afterwards by members - we are working on the possibility of the webinar saved for web-based reviewing.
Robert will be speaking on pitching to venture captial companies and how he secured his spot on CBC's Dragons Den. He will intertwine the importance of a solid business plan and the importance of your relationship with the financial side of any idea, product or service.
Robert is the CEO and President of MrTaxes.ca Inc., a National tax franchise with 11 locations in the Lower Mainland and was one of three individuals chosen to write the training content for the three accredited courses for the Certified Tax Preparers CTP certification program.
Joe Newton, BTech, AScT
Research Head, Automation, Electronics and Photovoltaics
Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT Technology Centre
As Research Head in the Products and Process Applied Research Team,
Joe Newton oversees and conducts a wide range of research projects with companies, inventors and entrepreneurs. Involving the development of mechanical and electronic prototypes and devices, and automated production systems.
Nancy Paris is the Director of the Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT.
Since 1996, she has been responsible for the growth and management of a twelve person multi-disciplinary team of researchers that conducts applied R&D in emerging and next generation product design in health technologies, energy, consumer electronics, and industrial products for clients in industry, academia, government and the community.