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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seminar to offer inventors an inside look on the patenting process

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – 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 – jointly described as Velocity.

     The U.S. 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 Eighteen 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

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

     The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive. Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents. The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. For more information, call (586) 469-5285 or visit

     Sterling Heights Economic Development seeks to improve the economic wellbeing of the community by supporting the creation and retention of jobs, facilitating investment and growth, and promoting innovation that drives business forward. It strives to retain Sterling Height's ranking as one of the nation's premier communities to live, work, play and prosper. Information can be found at

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