January 14, 2010

FBI agent to discuss ways to protect trade secrets

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An FBI agent will teach business owners to protect their trade secrets from espionage during a seminar set for this month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The seminar, “Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Hard Work,” is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road.

The SIUC Technology Development Team is sponsoring the event, which is aimed at researchers, inventors and graduate students who work with or use proprietary information, as well as researchers who work in classified or other Defense Department contracts.

FBI Special Agent Joseph P. Shevlin , of the FBI’s Springfield office, will conduct the seminar, focusing on the laws relevant to espionage, economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. Shevlin will discuss ways to protect against such crimes, using case study examples or investigations and successful prosecutions.

Seminar attendees also will receive a box lunch.

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RVSP at http://siuctechdev.blogspot.com/ or by calling 618/453-4556.

The SIUC Technology Development Team includes the University’s Technology Transfer Program, the College of Business Center for Innovation, Southern Illinois Research Park, SIUC Small Business Incubator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean and the Jackson Growth Alliance. Co-sponsors include the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIUC.