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The Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC) will hold a half-day conference, "From Laboratory to Marketplace: Bridging the University-Industry Gap," Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $45 (includes all sessions, breakfast and lunch). Registration is available on-line at www.hrtc.org/events_registration.html.

The conference will focus on the different ways that Virginia's universities and high-tech companies view, discuss, and protect advanced technology, including the intellectual property (IP) rights in such technology, and how various IP policies and procedures affect the industry-university interface. This forum will provide an information exchange and networking opportunity for managers and technology experts from academia, industry, the military, and federal, state, and local government.

"Sometimes academia and industry underestimate the vast gaps in communication - this is a real issue affecting businesses in Hampton Roads," stated Dave Edwards, HRTC board member and Senior Vice President of WRSystems.

The conference will consist of networking sessions, breakfast and lunch speakers, and two panel discussions. Confirmed speakers to-date include:
· Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra
· Virginia Secretary of Commerce Patrick Gottschalk
· Virginia Delegate John Cosgrove
· Virginia Senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis
· Mary Lou Bourne, James Madison University
· Jack Ezzell, Zel Technologies
· Zohir Handy, Old Dominion University
· Tim Lockhart, Willcox & Savage P.C.
· Russ Richards, U.S. Joint Forces Command
· Jerry Robertson, Old Dominion University
· Bill Wasilenko, Ph.D, Eastern Virginia Medical School

For more information visit www.hrtc.org or contact Kelly Alvord at (757) 249-1585.

This article was posted on: September 19, 2006

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