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Experts Break Down Complex Patent and Trademark Laws for Local Entrepreneurs at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center

January 24, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Thanks to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, local entrepreneurs received free legal advice regarding patenting ideas and inventions. On Jan. 21 the Innovation Center co-hosted a free Patents & Trademark Workshop with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section.

“This is a first of its kind offering to the entrepreneurs in the Coastal Bend. The attorneys gave impactful guidance on the patent and trademark processes,” said Russell Franques, Director of Client Relations at the Innovation Center.

All day Saturday, more than a dozen attorneys from San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Corpus Christi lent their time and knowledge to Coastal Bend entrepreneurs. They gave sessions on how to apply for a patent or trademark, advice on discovering if an invention is original and how entrepreneurs represent themselves without an attorney. At the end of the workshop, the attorneys also provided one-on-one consultations, delving into the specifics of the participant’s business goals.

“Over 30 potential innovators and entrepreneurs attended Saturday, discovering how to navigate the patent and trademark process. The detailed information empowered entrepreneurs throughout the Coastal Bend region,” said Franques.

The Innovation Center is a part of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s College of Business. Through events like these, the Innovation Center aims to foster the development of local entrepreneurs and companies. To learn more about the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center and future events, visit