Workshop to aid entrepreneurs with exports, intellectual property

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office will host a workshop about how to protect intellectual property, especially when exporting products.

The workshop, “Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the El Paso County Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. It’s free and open to everyone.

This workshop is designed to provide entrepreneurs with information about the state and federal resources available to businesses that want to export products overseas, and the basics of protecting ideas and a company’s intellectual property when selling and distributing your products outside of the United States.

In the first 10 months of 2012, Colorado’s exports increased by 10 percent, amounting to nearly $7 billion in revenue for Colorado businesses. The workshop is meant to help entrepreneurs take advantage of this trend.

The workshop includes panelists who have a broad range of experience in exporting products, financing overseas distribution and protecting intellectual property. Information will be provided from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, World Trade Center Denver and the Colorado Bar Association Intellectual Property Section.

Participants are asked to RSVP.