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Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property
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Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property


When: 9/19/2013
Where: Kent Record Management
1950 Waldorf St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49544
United States
William Riter


Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property This Workshop looks at the various ways IT professionals can help protect the intellectual property in their organizations. Participants will first learn how to identify "what is" and "what's not" proprietary in their organization and what steps can be taken to broaden the proprietary scope.  Looking at what "IT" can do to safeguard the "trade secrets", "goodwill", "employee and contractor information", and other income generating assets within the organization. 

Secondly, participants will learn about the specific "contractual protections" available to Michigan businesses and when they are appropriate to use. Focusing on the "pro's and con's" of Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation provisions, Indemnification clauses and other contractual protections used by manufacturing and service organizations, participants will learn that these clauses need to be "customized" given the type of property being protected and who will have access to it. 

This workshop is well suited for all high level IT employees and business owners that sell highly competitive products or services.


John T. Carter, Esq.

John T. Carter is a Principal Member at Witzke Berry Carter & Wander, PLLC and leads the firm’s
Business Law Group. After receiving his law degree from the University of Miami, John spent more than
a decade running a family business, where he learned the nuances of entrepreneurship first-hand. He
eventually left the entrepreneurial world to return to the practice of law, with a goal of helping businesses
with formation, transition and succession.

John’s clients are Michigan companies in the advanced technology, life sciences and professional services industries. He helps
entrepreneurs create new business entities, facilitate growth through joint ventures and strategic alliances, implement mergers and acquisitions, and plan for their future. Where business meets law John T. Carter speaks widely to business owners and entrepreneurs. He is available to speak on the following subjects: "I’ve spent much of my career in the trenches of entrepreneurship, and it’s exciting to guide business owners and entrepreneurs through the legal pitfalls and minefields,” says John Carter. "It is a winning combination to bring real-world entrepreneurial expertise into the legal landscape. Our clients benefit from both sides of the
playing field for their ultimate success and growth.”

Business Formation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Licensing Arrangements
Business Agreements
Business Succession Planning
Book John Carter to speak before your organization!

office: 248:281:6079
cell: 248:376:0406
Witzke Berry Carter & Wander’s Business Law Group partners with an array of industry and professional associations to promote
the growth of Michigan companies. John Carter is an active member of the Business Law and Unincorporated Enterprises
section of the Michigan Bar Association.
John T. Carter: 248:481:4000 or
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