ESPACE Labs has teamed up with a couple Central Oregon institutions in order to bring more electronic hardware learning and general inventor goodness to the masses. Opened just about a year, ESPACE is a local technology incubator focused on advancing the high-tech electronic hardware device industry.

A Solder School class at ESPACE Labs.
A solder school class at ESPACE Labs.

So first up: ESPACE and Central Oregon Community College have partnered to offer five technology-related courses for the fall term. The courses offered are:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Introduction to Arduino
  • Basic Electronics 101
  • Product Development
  • Raspberry Pi

Interested? You can find more information on COCC’s website and ESPACE’s website. There’s also a host of other hardware and entrepreneurship classes you can take as well.

But wait, there’s more. ESPACE has also partnered with EDCO to offer an all-day patent and product licensing workshop on Monday, Oct. 10th. The workshop is aimed at inventors, product developers and investors. It’s also the same week as the Bend Venture Conference, Venture Out and a host of other entrepreneur-related events. So if you’re in town, might as well make a week of it.

The patent workshop will:

  • Offer a detailed explanation of the patent process and product licensing.
  • Cover the benefits of working with a patent agent and a patent attorney.
  • Provide the inventor with the knowledge needed to navigate the patent process and understand the value of intellectual property.

Presented by registered patent agent, Guy Letourneau, and patent attorney, Mark S. Hubert, the morning session will cover what an inventor needs to know to get a patent as well as the steps to getting a patent, according to the EDCO news release.

Then in the afternoon, Craig Ladkin, investment banker for Focus Investments, will discuss the value of intellectual property to the inventor and the investor. Annette Kolodzie JD, PhD, will also talk about the pros and cons and legal issues of deciding to go the product licensing route.

“We will walk through provisions typically found in technology licensing agreements and discuss what the sections mean and why they are important from the perspective of both the party giving the license and the party getting the license,” Kolodzie says.

Event details

Monday, October 10th, 2016

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Bend Parks and Rec Building

799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702

Coffee, muffins, box lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Pricing: Early bird – $149 (before 9/23); regular pricing – $199 (after 9/23)

Register here

That’s a lot of learning. In fact, in general, I’m heartened by the expanding opportunities for some tech training, education and professional development happening in here. For example, we wrote about Adventure Code School last month. ESPACE is tackling the need for hardware education. And OSU Cascades continues to grow its CS program. More to come!

Kelly Kearsley

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