Innovation Day 2023

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Innovation Day 2023

Launching an enterprise is an exciting venture for an entrepreneur; however, the experience comes with challenges and many questions that are not answered simply. For instance, when does one seek legal advice and from which kind of lawyer? How does one protect their intellectual property? What does protection mean? How much money does one need to navigate the patent process?

Finding information and guidance can be daunting for entrepreneurs. Mentorship and a professional network are key to finding the right answers and making sound business decisions. Stillman College has created a campus environment and community network to provide support for innovators at different stages of the journey.

Stillman, in partnership with the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, will hold “Innovation Day” at Stillman College on February 28; a day-long learning event for student, faculty, and community entrepreneurs. Participants will learn the ins and outs of IP, trademarks and branding, company formation and corporate documents, and have the opportunity to meet with an attorney on an on-on-one basis through a pro bono legal clinic.

Innovation Day 2023 Agenda

Protecting Innovation and Launching a Start-Up
Feb. 28 Stillman College

  • 8:30 a.m. – Opening remarks by Isaac McCoy, dean of the Stillman College School of Business, Entrepreneurship and CIS; and Jim Page, president of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Session 1 – “It’s all about the ‘I’— Innovation, Invention, and IP (by Karthika Perumal)
  • 10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11: 15 a.m. – Session 2 – Trademarks, Copyrights, and Brands” (Led by Laura Kees)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch (free)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Incubator availability in the area (The Edge)
  • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Sessions 3 Corporate Transactions” (led by Scott Anderson)

Learning objectives: Forming a new company; Business formation options; Working with partners; NDAs and other basic documents.

  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Pro bono session including discussions relating to the topics above and “Careers in Law” (led by Victoria Taylor)

Attorneys can be available for individual consultation (one-on-one; 30 minute sessions). There are 16 slots

Innovation Day 2023


D. Scott
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Scott Anderson is a business-focused attorney who delivers practical solutions for his clients. He works regularly with private equity principals, business owners and management teams to help them chart efficient paths through transactions, commercial negotiations, and board-level decisions.

He has particular depth in technology-enabled business services, education, financial technology, engineering and other professional services. As a former management consultant in the payment systems industry, Scott also regularly works with Queen City FinTech and the Charlotte FinTech Hub.

Laura A.
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Laura is ranked in the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals and is also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Copyright Law.

She serves as the firm’s Trademarks, Copyrights and Transactions Practice Group Leader. Laura concentrates her practice on managing trademark and copyright portfolios; counseling clients on risks associated with proposed names and marks; evaluating when applications for domestic and/or international registration should be filed and advising how and when to maintain those registrations.

Laura works with a variety of large portfolio clients and utilizes an international network of IP attorneys to ensure that those clients’ trademark and copyright assets are adequately protected through registration in jurisdictions in which the client does, or anticipates doing, business.

Dr. Karthika
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Karthika’s practice involves all aspects of technology law with an emphasis on the protection, acquisition, and monetization of intellectual property. She advises clients on patent and transactional matters in the healthcare and energy sectors across a wide range of technologies, such as biotechnology, biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, oil and gas processing, and software. She leverages her background in scientific research and technology transfer to help clients meet their business objectives at every stage of product development.

Karthika handles a variety of transactions, including multiparty collaborations, joint ventures, manufacturing, supply, distribution, and software development, service, and support agreements.

M. Victoria Taylor, Esq.
DEI in the Workplace Strategist,
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

An outcomes-oriented Talent Management professional with a proven track record of establishing authentic, trust-based relationships, inspiring and directing high-performing teams, and consulting with and influencing Chiefs, attorneys, and senior executives. Taylor partners with leaders to strategize, design, champion, and implement meaningful change around culture, diversity and belonging, talent development, and cultivating a learning mindset.

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