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Virginia SBDC

Understanding Intellectual Property and the Patent Process

Thu 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business

You had a big idea and you spent years and significant dollars to bring your business to life. But all of that innovation, time, and money won’t matter if a customer is tempted by a copycat product and buys it instead. Protecting your product and maintaining a competitive advantage is the basis for patent law. Join this webinar to learn the basics of Intellectual Property law and the complicated patent process. Real life examples will be used to demonstrate the value of getting it right the first time!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different types of Intellectual Property (IP)
  2. Identify the IP assets of their business
  3. Determine the next steps to protect their IP

Presenter(s): Timothy J. Bechen, Of Counsel, Intellectual Property Practice, Woods Rogers

Note: this session will be recorded for internal use only

Who should attend: Current small business owners in all industries

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

About our presenter: Timothy Bechen, Of Counsel, Intellectual Property Practice

Tim Bechen is a registered patent attorney in Woods Rogers’ Richmond office who focuses on electrical, software, mechanical, biomedical, videogame, puppeteering, and business method patents in a wide variety of business arenas. In his practice, Tim supports clients across the country and internationally, in a variety of industries with a full range of IP needs. Tim’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to develop and launch the not-for-profit company, Cancer Resource Network, providing computers and web-based content to cancer patients and their families. He is currently involved with a start-up company developing medical-based adaptive clothing for patients undergoing IV-based therapeutic treatments.

About Woods Rogers:

At Woods Rogers, we help clients navigate what lies ahead. Our Intellectual Property practice advises established businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups on formation, business contracts, and growing and protecting their valuable IP. Through our offices in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, we help businesses, individuals, and our communities thrive. Read more at

Fee: No Cost

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All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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