Cincy is Creative: iMAGINExpo 2014 inspires creators to think about intellectual property rights

COVINGTON, Ky. - Cincinnati and the greater Tri-State region are home to people who excel in artistic and other creative disciplines. Each week, we focus on a creative individual who is bringing new perspectives to our lives and enriching our cultural diversity.

If you have an idea for a problem-solving invention, you might be able to make some money from that idea. Or, if you have created a book, comic book, script, or song, your work could someday be valuable. But without a fundamental understanding of intellectual property rights, you’re unlikely to reap the full monetary benefits of your creative ideas.

As a creator of intellectual property, you must know how to protect your ideas through copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Likewise, as a consumer of intellectual property in your research, you must avoid infringing on the rights of others.

These themes were discussed at iMAGiNExpo, a free, three-hour seminar presented May 17 at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Attendees also heard presentations about the free resources that can help them profit from their creative ideas.

iMAGiNExpo was the brainchild of two intellectual property librarians, John Schlipp of NKU’s Steely Library and Linda Kocis of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The program brought together educators, students, inventors, entrepreneurs, authors, illustrators, musicians and emphasized people of all ages and can create opportunities for themselves by getting their ideas out into the marketplace.

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