Program 88


Tips for inventors from the Inventors Workshop sponsored by the Capital Region Innovation Centre

Kathleen Barsoum of the Canadian Innovation Centre looks at getting started

Micralyne's Bruce Alton offers advice on financing and marketing

Lawyer Doug Thompson discusses the patent process

Inventor Gordon Lamont talks about the ten years of trials and tribulations getting his back support chair off the ground

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TITLE: Kathleen Barsoum, Operations Manager, Canadian Innovation Centre, Waterloo
SUBJECT: #88 Inventors Workshop
SYNOPSIS: So you've got a good idea for a new product or service. Now what? Kathleen Barsoum of the Canadian Innovation Centre says "Do you homework." And that means first checking the patent databases to find out if your idea is unique. Would you believe there are over 1500 patent applications on the lowly toothbrush? There's a lot involved in getting an invention into the marketplace. And timing has lot do with success.



TITLE: Bruce Alton, VP Marketing and Business Development for Electronics and Telecommunications, Micralyne
SUBJECT: #88 Inventors Workshop
SYNOPSIS: There are four key factors in turning a new venture into a successful business. And when it comes to getting financing for your invention, you've got to understand who to approach and what they expect in return, says Bruce Alton, VP Marketing and Business Development for Micralyne, a successful University of Alberta spinoff company. And yes, don't forget the elevator test when it comes to promotion!



TITLE: Douglas Thompson, Patent Lawyer, Thompson Lambert
SUBJECT: #88 Inventors Workshop
SYNOPSIS: Doug Thompson of Thompson Lambert helps inventors work their way through the patent process. Inventors can save themselves a lot of grief and money by checking for previous patents. Probably three quarters of good ideas have already been thought of before. Or maybe it's better to not patent an idea if it's a trade secret. Or maybe you should patent first in the US instead of Canada. These are considerations inventors must weigh when entering the patent process.



TITLE: Gordon Lamont, Inventor and President, Delta Balance Inc.
SUBJECT: #88 Inventors Workshop
SYNOPSIS: It was a back injury that led Gordon Lamont of Lloydminster to develop the idea for his invention, "eQuilibrium, the Comfort Stand". But it took ten years of hard work and dedication to get it through the development process. And it will still be a few months before it hits the marketplace. Perserverence is the key to Gordon's success.