Tuesday – Friday | August 25-28, 2020

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA | USA

Intellectual Property 101 for the Woodworking Executive/Artist/Inventor: Protecting Your Inventions and Other Creative Works

Date: Thursday, August 23rd from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Code:

Location: B305

Presented by: Brad Czerwonky

Brad Czerwonky, Patent Agent: Taylor English Duma LLP

• Stories relating good/bad experiences with (or without) IP
• Purpose of IP
• Different types of IP
• Determining whether IP is needed
• Process for getting IP protection
• Licensing considerations
• Maintaining confidentiality
• Impact on IP (and new opportunities) created by changes in the IP laws, the emergence of new technologies, and the growth of the Internet

We all create, distribute, reproduce, sell, consume, or otherwise use or handle creative content. Content that is subject to or eligible for “IP” protection can include not only a new product, a new woodworking tool or an improvement to a piece of production equipment in a factory but also new compounds, methods of assembly or use, software, furniture, proprietary business methods, audio-visual productions, works of art, brand names, product packaging and manuals, and company names, logos and internet domain names (and the list goes on…). IP considerations, sometimes lurking in the shadows seemingly just beyond our reach, remain as important as ever, especially as businesses, IP laws, and technology all continue to evolve. Whether IP is something you understand and use on a regular basis or find mysterious or even irrelevant, no matter your role in the creative process, come find out how asking yourself a few questions can help you and your business protect the investments you make on a daily basis.


About the Speaker:Brad Czerwonky,a patent agent with the law firm Taylor English in Atlanta, Brad Czerwonky previously worked in new product development as a mechanical engineer and project manager for nearly 16 years and has had a passion for woodworking ever since he got his first pocket knife (and his first stitches…). From building a violin, to fabricating wooden refrigerator molds, to designing and making toy planes and custom signs, he enjoys trying new projects. As a patent agent, he particularly enjoys discussing all things related to design and the creative process and helping others learn about IP. Having lived and traveled across the U.S. and overseas, Brad also speaks Japanese (and very rusty German) and welcomes any and all to join this interesting conversation.