SEPTEMBER 15, 2001 -  Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

PROGRAM              (to register click here)


Note: Due to air traffic problems resulting from Tuesday’s tragedy, one of our speakers is stranded in Brazil, another in New York, another in Washington, DC, and yet another in Boston, so changes may occur.

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast & Check-In

8:30-4:30View display tables and network with other inventors

9:00- 9:10 Introductions - Conference Chairman


Phil Curry

Founder, Illinois Innovators and Inventors Association



9:10-9:40 Beginning the Process - Don't Get Scammed, How to Evaluate Your Invention

Brice Washam of SW Mo State Univ. and the Innovation Institute.









9:45-10:15 The Importance of Inventions and Individuals

James E. White, Inventor, Marketer, and Author of "Will It Sell? How to Determine If Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable (Before Wasting Money on a Patent)"       www.willitsell.com









10:20-10:50 "Patent Searching at a Patent and Trademark Depository Library." 

Carol Giles


President , Patent & Trademark Depositary Library Association

Director, Patent & Trademark Depositary Library, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis,  MO





11:00-11:30  - Patent Depositary – Suggestions for Using.

11:30-12:30 How the Patent Office Works, Independent Inventor Office at the Patent Office , and the American Invention Protection Act

John Calvert

Deputy Director, Independent Inventor Program and Supervisory Patent Examiner

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington, Virginia


12:30-1:30 LUNCH in Law School Courtyard and Commons

1:30-2:00  Success Story I

Speaker – Don Weder, of Highland Supply Company in nearby Highland, Illinois, the most prolific living American inventor with 1068 patents (and 22 published patent applications), second all-time only to Thomas Edison’s 1093 patents.

HSC LogoHighland Supply Corporation




2:00-3:00 Legal Options for Protection

Bruce Burdick, Burdick Law Firm, St. Louis, MO and Alton, IL beb@burdlaw.com


F. Scott Kief, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law and JM Olin Research Fellow, Harvard Law School


3:00-3:30 Business Resources for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Speaker – Judy Meador

Publisher of the St. Louis Small Business Monthly and Executive Director of the Missouri Venture Forum


3:30-4:00 Panel Discussion

4:30-4:45 Close

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