SXSW Interactive 2016

Protecting Your Inventions From Foreign Knockoffs

Great inventions create great demand. But it’s not always from customers. Your innovative idea might also pique the interest of established competitors or overseas manufacturers who want to steal your ideas for their own financial gain. Come get advice from Deanna Tanner Okun, former Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, David Kappos, former Director U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Kelly Slone, President and CEO BioUtah, and Bryan Pate, co-founder of ElliptiGO. Find out what you can do to protect your “secret sauce” from misappropriation and how to seek retaliation if you experience intellectual property infringement.

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  1. How does the way the U.S. values intellectual property differ from other nations?
  2. How big of a problem are knock-offs overseas? How do patents protect American inventions from infringement by foreign competitors?
  3. Why would anyone want to weaken the U.S. patent system? What would that mean for American inventors?



Christie Thoene, Consultant, Innovation Alliance

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  • Tags: innovation, patents, start-ups
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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