September 12, 2012

Patent attorney to discuss ‘intellectual property’

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- “Patents, Innovation and the America Invents Act” is a free presentation coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 21.

Ari M. Bai, a patent attorney for the Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm and a former patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker.

The event will take place at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale.  The session begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Bai’s presentation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

There is no cost for the session and lunch is included.  However, seating is limited so organizers suggest pre-registration by Thursday, Sept. 20.   To register, call 618/453-6754 or email

Bai’s practice involves preparing and filing domestic patent applications that involve mechanical, electrical and computer areas.  More information about Bai is available at

The Southern Illinois Research Park, Small Business Incubator Program and Illinois Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center are event sponsors.

For more information about this event or the many innovation, business and entrepreneurship services and opportunities available through SIU Carbondale, log on to or call 618/536-4451.