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TREN EVENT: Intellectual property from the start-up's perspective

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
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Location: Richland Community Center, Richland, WA

The Three River's Entrepreneur Network presents its January seminar: "Intellectual Property from the Start-Up's Perspective." The speaker will be Sean Grygiel, an attorney with Fish & Richardson PC's New York office. Sean will discuss strategies and best practices for building intellectual property (IP) from the start-up and early stage company's perspective.

Additional topics will include: planning for and protecting patentable subject matter early in the development cycle; aligning IP with business plans, development plans, resources and markets; using IP to bolster valuation; and common IP pitfalls experienced in early stage ventures. 

What You'll Learn

  • how to effectively use your intellectual property attorney
  • how patents (including software and business method patents) may help with fundraising and valuation.
  • how to keep your trade secrets and know-how safe.
  • how patents can grow with your company.
  • how to avoid common mistakes that run up costs and affect your rights.

Who Should Attend

  • start-ups and early stage companies
  • new product line developers and managers
  • entrepreneurs
  • angel and seed round investors


There is no charge to attend. You must pre-register by Friday, November 14 to attend.  Space is limited, so register early. A continental breakfast will be provided.

To register, please e-mail: or call Alice Ettesvold at (509) 375-2068 with the following information for each attendee: name, company/organization affiliation, phone number, and e-mail.

Note: Room capacity is limited. Preference is given to technology-based businesses and economic development professionals.

For More Information

Alice Ettesvold

(509) 375-2068

About the Speaker

Sean Grygiel is an attorney in Fish & Richardson PC's New York office. His practice emphasizes, among other areas, intellectual property development for early stage companies, including patent prosecution and counseling. He has worked with clients in the telecommunications, software, medical device, consumer products and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Sean was co-founder and COO of his own start-up technology company in Long Island, New York. His technical experience includes serving as an engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard, working in both the operational and regulatory communities. Sean is a former Tri-Cities resident, graduating from Richland High School in 1990.  He has a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. He currently lives with his family in Port Washington, New York but takes every opportunity to get back to the Pacific Northwest.

Fish & Richardson P.C. is an international law firm with more than 450 lawyers in 12 offices throughout the United States as well as in Munich, Germany. The firm is one of the largest in the United States practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law and offers global services that include worldwide IP strategy and representation in multi-national litigation. Founded in 1878, the firm represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers. For more than 125 years we have served great innovators, helping to protect countless ideas, nurture discoveries, and bring new concepts to market. Today, the firm continues to represent great innovators working in cutting-edge technologies. In fact, Fish represents 11 of the top 25 World's Most Innovative Companies, as identified in a Spring 2007 Business Week survey.


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