MMIC Sets Annual IP Event: The MidMichigan Innovation Center will host its third annual IP Goola Affair where we provide an update on latest issues in intellectual property for entrepreneurs on Monday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MMIC, Core Conference Room, 4520 E. Ashman Road, Midland. This year, just in time for the event, the President signed into law the most sweeping changes in patent law in the United States in history. In simple terms, we’ve simplified our patent system and made it more consistent with Europe’s approach which grants the patent to the first to file rather than to the first to invent. This is easier to administer since there is less to fight over. If you got your paperwork in first, you win. Some media have lauded this as a great benefit for entrepreneurs but a less vocal but strong counter-point is now being raised suggesting that small business will be the big losers under the new system. As with any new system these changes are certain to create a vast array of transitional challenges. An ounce of prevention and preparation may have a significant long term impact on companies with patents under development. To get the answers vital to your success, don’t miss our extended “A Trick or A Treat” overview of the new patent law. The event is open to the public and is especially suited for participation from those involved and interested in entrepreneurial business development, as well as those interested in supporting job growth and development in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Cost to Attend: MMIC Members ($20); Non-Members ($89) lunch included. To register, please visit, or contact the MMIC office at 989-839-2333.

Walsh College Sets Fifth Annual Small Business Conference: The fifth annual BusinessLive conference is Oct. 20 at the Troy campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features 10 break-out sessions and Kick-Off Keynote Michigan Business Success Story: George W. Auch Co. Auch president Vince DeLeonardis will discuss the 100-year-old family business culture and employee ownership. Learn more at Tickets are $50. Exhibit space is also available to demonstrate your product or service to the 150+ small business audience. Contact for more information.

Fisher/Unitech to Participate in AMTS: Troy-based Fisher/Unitech, reseller of SolidWorks 3D design software and Stratasys 3D printers and rapid prototyping equipment, will exhibit at the upcoming Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Show in Dayton, Ohio. The show runs Oct. 19-20 and is being held at the Dayton Airport Expo Center. In Booth 524, Fisher/Unitech will demonstrate how the SolidWorks family of design products allows you to focus on innovation, while increasing productivity and improving collaboration, all at a low cost of ownership. SolidWorks offers solutions for 3D CAD, Design Validation, Product Data Management, and Documentation. Also on display will be the Dimension uPrint Personal 3D Printer from Stratasys. UPrint is compact enough to fit on a desktop, simple enough for no-hassle setup and operation and best of all, affordable for most users, regardless of profession or office size. UPrint models are printed using production-grade ABS plastic and are tough enough for functional testing.  Models can be drilled, machined, sanded, painted and even chrome-plated. They are ideal for proof of concept, functional testing, product mock-ups, and even making jigs, fixtures and vacuum forming molds. AMTS is the region’s premier manufacturing and technology show, encompassing 30,000 square feet of exhibit space. The 2010 show featured over 100 exhibitors and drew over 2,300 attendees. Admission is free and pre-registration is available at  Registration is also available onsite at the show. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days of the show. More at


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