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Lecture Series for Novice Inventors: From Innovation to Success

Daytona Beach, FL, January 31, 2013

Innovation Lecture Series

James Cairns

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announces a series of four evening lectures by local inventor Dr. James Cairns. Sponsored by the university’s College of Engineering, the lectures will take place Feb. 8, 20 and 28, and March 6 in the Willie Miller Instructional Center Auditorium on the campus at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. They are free and open to the public.

The lectures will cover the overall process of inventing, from initial idea to commercialized product, including intellectual property considerations, finding financing, and starting an invention-based business.

Cairns is a serial entrepreneur who founded Ocean Design Inc. (ODI), now Teledyne Oil and Gas, the world’s leader in subsea electrical and fiber optic interconnect systems.

Cairns serves on the advisory boards of Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering, the University of Central Florida Business Incubator, and his alma mater, the University of California-San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He also authored The Inventor’s Pathfinder, a book on developing and commercializing inventions. His Cairns Foundation ( is dedicated primarily to supporting bright, financially challenged students.

Each lecture will last an hour and will be followed by questions and discussion.

Lecture Agenda:

Lecture 1
7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8
The Roadmap to Success: an overview of the inventing process, from first idea to commercialization
- How to stimulate ideas for inventions
- Choosing a fundamentally good idea
- Introduction to “mind’s eye” visualization
- Protecting your invention
- Testing your invention: does it work?
- Reaping rewards

Lecture 2
7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20
Intellectual Property Overview
- Definition of intellectual property (IP)
- Protecting your IP: patents, trade secrets, cautions
- Choosing and working with IP agents and attorneys
- Searching U.S. patents; infringement analysis

Lecture 3
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28
Technically Maturing Your Invention
- Mind’s eye visualization
- When to make drawings and/or simple models
- Testing your concepts
- Product and market definition
- Qualifying tests

Lecture 4
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6
Cashing In on Your Invention
- Local assistance programs
- Early stage financing
- Partnering
- Licensing your IP
- Assigning (selling) your IP
- Starting your own company to produce your invention

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