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Protecting Your IP: Sooner Rather Than Later is the Key
Michael's Quick Tips on IP Safety
July TECH Talk
Innovators Digest
StartUp Xchange
Health Camp Tampa
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events





July 12, 2011

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July 20, 2011

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 Tampa, Florida


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2011 Early Stage Venture Capital Conference

October 5, 2011

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July 14, 2011

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Clearwater, FL


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July 30, 2011

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Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC) 

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July 13 & 27, 2011

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Largo, FL 



Tech Tuesday 

July 26 , 2011  

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St. Petersburg, FL


Tech Jam 2011

August 18, 2011

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WELCOMETonya 2011

We're introducing the first of several new features in the newsletter, based on your feedback.  We know many of you are interested in sound advice on how to progress from an innovative concept to a real business, and we'll be presenting specific, practical information to help you do that.  In fact, a number of issues we'll be covering in the newsletter and upcoming Tech Talk programs have been suggested by the questions asked at our StartUp Xchange sessions.


This month, we'll be taking one of these topics - patent laws and protection of your IP - and will present it in an integrated way that begins with a newsletter article and continues with the monthly TECH Talk presentation by the same resource person, in this case Michael Colitz of Gray Robinson. We'll continue this approach in subsequent months so you can read the presenter's content and then attend the TECH Talk session to hear more and get your questions answered.


We appreciate your suggestions and hope you'll keep them coming.   


Tonya Elmore                              


 Protecting Your IP: Sooner Rather Than Later is the Key
Michael ColitzMost attorneys specializing in intellectual property ("IP") would agree that the innovators and entrepreneurs they work with are passionate, enthusiastic and usually anxious to get their ideas to the marketplace so they can quickly beat their competition.

As positive as these traits are, they don't always bode well for IP protection. In fact, IP protection may be an afterthought, or in some cases not thought of until it's too late, or almost too late.

Horror stories abound about entrepreneurs who showed up at a big trade show and proudly announced their new product without having filed for patent protection. But it's not just business people who rush to announce; academics are often guilty of publishing in scientific journals before protecting their IP.

Fortunately, all is not lost. Although most rights are preserved by filing a patent application prior to any disclosure, an attorney can still help following a disclosure. This is because U.S. law gives an inventor a one-year grace period from a publication, sale or offer for sale in which to file a patent application (More ...)

Michael's Quick Tips on IP Safety
1. Watch out for trade shows! Don't make the mistake of disclosing your invention or IP in public without first checking with your attorney to file whatever applications are necessary.

2. Watch your competition to keep track of patent applications they are filing. It's easy to do through or Staying on top of patent applications will give you a better idea of where the industry is heading.

3. Always address the issue of ownership of patentable concepts and other IP with employees and independent contractors to spell out contractually and in advance who owns what.

July TECH Talk
TECH TALK resizedTECH Talk is a free monthly breakfast, networking and education event tailored to the interests of the Tampa Bay area's technology entrepreneurship and

innovation community.


Our July program will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.  Michael Colitz, intellectual property attorney with Gray Robinson, will present the program, titled "Congress is making fundamental changes to our country's patent laws.  Find out how these changes will impact your business."


If you haven't yet attended TECH Talk, we hope you'll put this on your calendar. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is suggested at  Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the building.  

 Innovators Digest

In case you missed them, here are some recent articles and blog posts. 


Venture Capital: 5 Tips for Nailing the Full Partnership Pitch 

By Gauray Tewari, principal, Highland Capital Partners


So you made it to the "full partnership pitch." You have already had one (or likely multiple) meetings with a subset of a firm's investment team, including a principal and perhaps a general partner. You've impressed your point person (or people) sufficiently so that you have been invited to present to the broader partnership. What do you do now? Here are five things to keep in mind.  (More ...)

Six Things Entrepreneurs Know That Are Dead Wrong

By Martin Zwilling, as appeared in Innovation Daily


All true entrepreneurs operate off a set of tenets that are built into their psyche, or drilled into them from training and mentors. These are represented by sayings like "You never get anywhere unless you take a chance" and "Passion and persistence are the keys to success."  Unfortunately, there are still other old, reliable tenets that don't work anymore

(More ...)


From Inc. com: 6 apps to improve efficiency and save money for small businesses. (More ...)  


Global Entrepreneurship Week:  Promising young companies with a "startup moment"' can vie for recognition and prizes announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Startup Open, a competition that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, has launched its search for the 50 most promising new startups around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011. The "GEW 50" will be announced on Oct. 15, 2011, with those companies then competing for the top honors and prizes. (More ...)  


StartUp Xchange

Have questions about your next steps in entrepreneurship?  Entrepreneurs at all stages are invited to attend the next StartUp Xchange from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.


This is a great informal opportunity for entrepreneurs, talent in transition, scientists, funders, innovators, technology professionals and engineers to make connections in the Tampa Bay area innovation marketplace and learn from each other and from the Tampa Bay Innovation Center mentors whose experience can help further their idea or startup company. 


Our mentors include Mike Eitler of Blue Lion Consulting and Chris Paradies of Fowler White Boggs. 


Follow the StartUp Xchange Meetup Group here.


 Health Camp Tampa
The Tampa Bay area will join a select group of communities in presenting Health Camp, a daylong event to be held Saturday, July 30 at Kforce Professional Staffing, 1001 E. Palm Ave., Tampa 33605. This innovative user-organized "unconference" will examine innovation in healthcare, particularly in the areas of technology, process and policies.  Some of the areas to be covered are social media, open standards and Web 2.0 technologies.  Attendees will be clinical, marketing and technology healthcare executives and managers in central and west central Florida.  There is a $40 fee.  For more information and registration, go to or click on


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