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Sign up now for Enzi’s annual inventors conference

This year’s conference scheduled for April 25 in Casper

March 25, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Calling all inventors!  U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is inviting Wyoming residents to sign up for his annual inventors conference where attendees have the opportunity to learn how to turn entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
The conference, “From Your Garage to the Assembly Line,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Casper College in Wheeler Auditorium of the Wold Physical Science Building. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
“This is the seventh year that I’ve brought the inventors conference to Wyoming and it’s exciting to help give Wyoming residents an extra edge to get their ideas out there and running,” Enzi said. “Wyoming is full of folks who bring unique ideas and ingenuity to the table. This conference gives them the resources they need to turn those ideas into tangible, usable products and inventions.”
Enzi will be in attendance, as well as other speakers and inventors who will share their knowledge and expertise on securing patents, developing business plans and marketing inventions.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Ryan Patterson of Grand Junction, Colo. When Patterson was 18, he invented the American Sign Language Translator Glove to help members of the deaf community communicate. The device senses hand movements and transmits them wirelessly to a handheld monitor where they appear as words. Patterson gained recognition by TIME magazine for its best inventions of 2002 and also won a top prize at the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition. He currently works for Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colo.
“This conference is available to Wyoming residents of all backgrounds and experience levels. No matter who you are, you can have an idea. Everyone deserves equal opportunity to grow and manage that idea,” Enzi said. “This conference was made to reach a wide variety of people and I encourage any Wyoming resident to participate.”
For more information or to register, call Enzi’s state director Robin Bailey at (307) 682-6268 or e-mail


“From Your Garage to the Assembly Line”
Senator Enzi’s 2009 Inventors Conference
Casper College
April 25, 2009

All events are in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Wold Physical Science Building



7:30 AM – Registration

8:30 AM – Opening: U. S. Senator Mike Enzi; Master of Ceremonies: Dr. David Bloom of Alces Technology

8:45 AM – Inventing 101: Tools of the Trade – Joyce Ward, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Director of Program Support and Intellectual Property

9:30 AM – Intellectual Property and Licensing Services – Davona Douglass, Research Products Center, Director

10:15 AM – Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.

10:30 AM – Planet Eureka! Business Translation Workshops – Rick Rothwell, Manufacturing-Works, Professional Affiliate

11:15 AM – Everything You Need to Know about Protecting Your Invention – Toni Tease, Antoinette M. Tease, P.L.L.C.

12:00 PM – Lunch on Your Own

1:15 PM – Keynote Speaker – Ryan Patterson, Inventor of the American Sign Language Translator Glove

1:45 PM – Introduction to Intellectual Property – John Calvert, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Administrator Inventor Assistance Program

2:30 PM – Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.

2:45 PM – SBIR: Seed Capital for Innovative Small Businesses – Kelly Haigler Cornish, Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative, Outreach Coordinator

3:30 PM – Focus on Business Planning – Cindy Unger, Wyoming Small Business Development Center, Business Counselor

4:15 PM – Breakout Session

5:00 PM – Program Closing