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LEAP Partnership With United States Patent and Trademark Office Draws Statewide Crowd to E.L.

Thursday, September 28, 2017  
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Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Startups Access Free Training and Advice From National Intellectual Property Experts

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed more than 50 startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the Lansing area, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City to a Midwest Regional Seminar on September 26, 2017 at the MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing, MI.

Following a brief keynote welcome from East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows, representatives from the Midwest Regional USPTO conducted a free half-day workshop that provided valuable information about various types of intellectual property protection, the patent process, and public and private resources to help entrepreneurs.

“We are proud to host the second annual Lansing seminar in partnership with LEAP,” said Dave Posigian, Patent Examiner with the USPTO Office. “The Lansing area is abundant with creative ideas from the regional community and Michigan State University. One of our goals is to ensure we are proactively reaching these entrepreneurs so they have the best chance of success.”

Beyond in-depth presentations offered throughout the day, the U.S. Commissioner for Trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, was on hand to provide an expert overview of trademarks and the process of filing out a trademark application; and local representatives such as LEAP, the Small Business Development Center, and Foster Swift showcased local resources.

“Events like the Lansing regional US PTO Seminar are vital resources for the inventors and entrepreneurs in our community,” said Tony Willis, LEAP’s Director of New Economy. “The opportunity to interact and engage directly with the source of patents and trademarks, allows for a full understanding of the processes that are in place to secure their intellectual property as they’re starting out.”

A core element of LEAP’s mission is dedicated to cultivating, expanding, and maintaining an entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem across the tri-county region. Learn more about LEAP’s entrepreneurial programming and support at

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