PA Patent: From Idea to Reality

Securing the Innovation Ecosystem Statewide

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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In order to capitalize on a marketable idea, inventors and entrepreneurs need the right resources to support them in moving "from idea to reality." Join the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC), a Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, in convening the business, legal, and inventor communities for a conversation on supporting and securing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem statewide.

In addition to showcasing the wealth of legal, business and entrepreneurial resources in Pennsylvania, the event also amplifies the expansion of PA Patent, a statewide partnership between ABC’s Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts—which already supports the strong base of creative entrepreneurship in the region—and firms around the Commonwealth, with assistance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as part of a national effort to provide under-resourced inventors, makers, startups and nonprofits with the assistance of pro bono patent attorneys. New this year, PA Patent will be providing services and access to a major market in the Philadelphia region: universities and their entrepreneurship programs. Recognizing student entrepreneurship programs are hotbeds for innovation and new businesses, this expansion represents an enormous and previously untapped market for the program in terms of reach and impact.

This event—expected to attract 150+ leaders from across the business, legal, tech, maker and startup ecosystem—is a major opportunity to support the entrepreneurial community in Pennsylvania.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Karl T. Ulrich – Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship + Innovation at the Wharton School Karl T. Ulrich is Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-author of Product Design and Development (6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide, and of Innovation Tournaments (Harvard Business Press, 2009). He is the winner of many teaching awards, including the Anvil Award, the Miller-Sherrerd Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at The Wharton School. At Penn, he co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community. In addition to his academic work, Professor Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. As a result of this work, he holds 24 patents. Professor Ulrich is a founder of Terrapass Inc. which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of the year, and he is a designer of the Xootr scooter, which Business Week recognized as one of the 50 coolest products of the 21st Century. Professor Ulrich holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

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