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Ann Arbor Spark

SPARK.ed | Patenting in the Early Years: A Coming of Age Story

Thursday, June 17 2021 at 11:30am - 12:30pm

Interested in the patent process? Join us June 17 to learn more!

Answers to common questions and strategy recommendations for those early years between idea and granted patent. We begin with your idea, how you can talk about it, and what you can and can’t do with it to avoid potentially irreversible patentability issues. We’ll tackle the fundamentals of when your provisional should be filed, how to maximize your runway, and what investors are looking for in your first patent. Moving beyond your provisional filing, we’ll dive into what your startup should be focused on during the critical year of pendency before conversion to a full application.

About our Presenter:
Ashley Sloat, Ph.D. is the president and director of patent strategy for Aurora Consulting. A USPTO-registered patent practitioner, she specializes in the development and management of patent portfolios for startup ventures and emerging growth companies. Using a hands-on approach to intimately understand each clients’ business, competition, and product vision, she is able to increase the value of her clients’ patent portfolios while reducing overall legal costs.