Seminar To Offer Inventors Inside Look At Patenting Process: In celebration of the new patent office Detroit location, “Get Out of the Garage: Patent Your Idea!” will be presented on Tuesday, April 2, by the Macomb-OU INCubator, the City of Sterling Heights Economic Development and Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. The federal government grants patents to inventors, giving them exclusive rights to manufacture, use or sell their ideas and protect their creations from the exploitation of others. Attendees of this seminar will learn whether their ideas are worthy of patents; at what point they should take steps to protect them; and about services are available to help them through the patenting process.     Featured speakers include Ram Shukla, resource supervisory patent examiner at the Elijah J. McCoy Detroit Satellite Office of the USPTO; Thomas D. Helmholdt, patent attorney, counselor at law and supervisor at the Wayne State University Patent Procurement Law Clinic; Gunther J. Evanina, an attorney specializing in patent law with Butzel Long; and John Swiatek, president and CEO of Coliant Corporation and inventor of Powerlet. The seminar, set for 3-5 p.m. at the Velocity Collaboration Center, is free and open to the public. The Velocity building is located at 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the seminar are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to

Marketing Prof To Discuss Social Media Strategy For Business: Michael Bernacchi, marketing professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy, will present “Social Media – The Ultimate Feedback Loop: Opportunities & Challenges” at the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit professional development seminar on Friday, April 12. Bernacchi will discuss successful social media strategies and tactics for business, as well as its effects on corporate culture and strategy. The professional development seminar will be held at the Management Education Center at 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy. The event will begin with registration, networking and breakfast at 8 a.m., the presentation at 8:30 a.m. and a question-and-answer session and networking at 10 a.m. Cost for the event is $55 for MSED members and $70 for non-members. To register or receive more information, contact Meeting Coordinators at (248) 643-6950 or visit the MSED website at Founded in 1988, the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) is a non-profit association of accomplished sales and marketing professionals that recognize the powerful advantage of building and nurturing relationships with their peers and their community. MSED provides the network and resources to advance new thinking, exchange counsel, ideas and new business; and help its members advance their sales and marketing careers.

ESD To Tour Eaton Hybrid R&D: Eaton Corp. has opened its research center to Engineering Society of Detroit members for a tour scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 8. Included will be an up-close look at a dynamometer lab for testing both transmissions and engines, a fuel cell blower test lab, and nosie and vibration labs. Time allowing, attendees will also be able to visit the truck transmission garage and hybrid technologies testing and research. Attendees will be given safety glasses to wear during the laboratory portions of the tour. Shoes must be vinyl or leather, no tennis shoes, sandals, high heels or open-toe shoes are allowed. No camera phones are allowed on the tour – please leave all cell phones in your vehicle. The cost is $25 for ESD and IEEE members. Non-members can join ESD for $54 and attend the tour for free. (This offer available to first-time members only.) More at


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