PROGRAM - "Ideas …From Conception to Cash…the Right Way"


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

 8:30-4:00 View display tables and network with other inventors


Wayne Highley showing his "Moon Rock" invention to Jeffrey Loeb, Director of Marketing for Haystack Toys


Inventor Robert Rushing discussing marketing of his "NutLock" invention with Rich Lumma, Director of the Small Business Development Center at SIUE.








 9:00 Introductions

Wayne Highley

Program Chairman



Phil Curry

Co-Founder, Illinois Innovators and Inventors Association





 9:10-10:00 Beginning the Process - Don't Get Scammed

Dr. Gerald Udell

(Director,Wal-Mart Innovation Network, Springfield, MO

Director, Business Department, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO)




 10:00-10:45 Help for Inventors




Don Kelly


Director, American Academy of Science

New Hampshire




  11:00-11:45 Resources for Inventors




Jane Running

Director, Patent Depository Library, IL State Library, Springfield, IL





 12-12:45 How the Patent Office Works, Independent Inventor Office at the Patent Office , and the American Invention Protection Act


John J. Calvert

Group Director, High Technology Examination Group

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington, Virginia



  1:00-1:45 The Law of Inventions - How to Obtain Legal Protection for Your Invention




Bruce Burdick

Registered Patent Attorney,

Haverstock Garrett & Roberts, LP,

St. Louis, MO & Alton, IL




 2:00-2:45 Developing Your Business



Richard Lumma

Director, Small Business Development Center

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville





Sponsored by: ILLINOIS INNOVATORS & INVENTORS, P.O. Box 623, Edwardsville, IL 62025

For details, see www.burdlaw.com, e-mail invent@charter-il.com or bruce@burdlaw.com, or telephone Mr. Phil Curry at 618-656-7445.