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Feb 19, 2016

FVCC and Small Business Development Center Host Intellectual Property Workshop

Molly Kocialski
Molly Kocialski, director of the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Center for Manufacturing Advancement (CMA) at Flathead Valley Community College and the Northwest Montana Small Business Development Center invite the public to an intellectual property workshop on February 26 at the college. Molly Kocialski, the director of the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will teach the workshop.

Free and open to the public, the workshop runs from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in room 144 of the Arts and Technology Building on campus. Registration is required. Due to limited seating, event organizers encourage early registration.

Kocialski will cover the different kinds of patents, how to conduct an initial patent search, non-disclosure agreements, recent changes to the America Invents Act and other topics related to protecting intellectual property and securing a patent or trademark. She will provide an overview of the resources available through the U.S. Patent and Trade Office and be available to answer questions.

“This is a unique and rare opportunity for Montana inventors to learn first-hand about intellectual property from an expert within the U.S. Patent and Trade Office,” said CMA Project Director Chris Parson.

Prior to joining the staff at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office earlier this year, Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc. where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Before Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies.

To register for the workshop or for more information, contact Parson at 756-4377 or cparson@fvcc.edu.

Kocialski will also deliver a one-hour presentation at the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire on February 27. Free and open to the public, the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Arts and Technology Building on campus. Kocialski will speak from 10:30 to 11:30 in room 144. For more information about the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire, visit www.kalispellminimakerfaire.com.