The Minnesota Inventor’s Congress offers inventors and entrepreneurs an additional venue to gain information and assistance: their annual Invention Exposition. The event gives inventors both the opportunity to showcase their ideas and learn from a number of respected members of the inventing community, as well as related fields. For example, the MIC focuses on drawing in potential financiers, manufacturers, marketers, and purchasers for those inventors who elect to rent a booth (similar to that of a trade show) and present their product. This is one of the best ways to showcase your product on a grand scale.
There are a number of benefits in attending the conference, regardless of whether you rent a booth. The event is jam-packed with speakers, workshops, and presenters. I will be speaking on the first day of the conference, Friday June 13th. Lewis Foreman, publisher of Inventor’s Digest, will be speaking on Saturday, as well as various other speakers covering the topics of patents and patent attorneys (including a session on how to write a provisional patent application!), the merits of licensing and manufacturing (which one is most appropriate for you?), what potential licensees really desire, designing for manufacturing (so your prototype can actually be made), and power networking (how the relationships you establish will aid you).
For more information on the exposition, check out www.inventhelper.org. I highly recommend it.
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