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Frito-Lay floor stand honored as Temporary Display of the Year and Most Creative Temporary Display
Demand for space is said to be strong for the 2016 trade fair for plastics and rubber, with 3,000 exhibitors expected to fill the halls
The 3600 Series undergoes an engine upgrade to run at higher speeds, reportedly with no loss in print quality
The Solution Coating Technical Center will offer customer trials and demos, toll coating, and R&D for the coating industry
The Tau 330 UV inkjet digital label press is said to provide up to 2 hours of uninterrupted printing, fewer changeovers, and less downtime
The DSS Compact Coex die is said to provide many benefits with less height and weight
The SPI Automatic Film Splicer performs non-stop film changes in food and beverage packaging operations
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- September 06, 2013
The CPP Expo has an excellent technical conference running September 28 -October 1, 2014 at the McCormick Place, Chicago. I'll be presenting “So, Should We Patent That?” In this overview of intellectual property from a “factory floor” perspective, I’ll offer my insights on several different alternatives for protecting your “intellectual property” including filing a patent application, maintaining your property as a trade secret, disclosing your new idea (why would you ever want to do that?!), and doing nothing.
My education in intellectual property started soon after graduated college. I had the joy of working with several talented colleagues and within a few years, we developed several technical advances that warranted filing patent applications. While I am first and foremost an engineer ((incidentally, my 14th patent issued in January 2013), I am also a patent agent and I have served as an expert witness in cases involving corporate espionage (theft of trade secrets) and patent infringement.
This presentation is a somewhat more polished version of the original presentation recognized with a John Matteucci Award for excellence in a technical presentation at the 2012 AIMCAL Web Coating and Handling Conference. I hope that you’ll find this presentation interesting and informative.