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Fuentek President to Speak at PDMA Carolinas Event Feb. 20

Laura Schoppe Discusses Innovation and New First-to-File Rules for Patenting Intellectual Property

(Feb 18, 2013)

Nannette Stangle-Castor

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, has announced that she will be speaking at an event sponsored by the Carolinas Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. During the session titled “Innovation and Intellectual Property: Best Practices and New Rules,” Schoppe will address the IP concerns that arise as firms rely on their innovation as a strategic asset. She will share her expertise on the latest trends in IP management and new patenting rules, including the impact of changing from first-to-invent to first-to-file under the America Invents Act.

PDMA is a premier organization that focuses on improving the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.

Schoppe is joined by the Olive Law Group’s patent attorney Justin Nifong. For more information or to register for the event, which will be held at Railinc’s Offices in Cary, visit

“Protecting intellectual property is a key factor in managing innovation, and it is essential that professionals understand the latest changes in IP management and patenting rules,” said Schoppe. “I am honored that PDMA invited me to speak on this topic.”


- Read this related Fuentek Blog Post: “Patent Filings Gone Wild (or The Biggest Mistake You Can Make Under the America Invents Act)

- Read this Triangle Business Journal Interview: “Q&A: Laura Schoppe on new patent law


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