Bridgeport company owner to speak about "Surviving & Thriving 55 Years Patentless"

Image: McAuliffeProtecting ideas, formulas and associated trademarks is a major challenge facing American entrepreneurs and inventors.

On Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fairfield University's School of Engineering and the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) will present a talk on the subject by Beverlee Fatse Dacey, president of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Amodex Products, Inc., a third generation-family owned manufacturer of cleaning products. Its lead item 'Amodex Ink & Stain Remover' is a cream soap formula rated a "Must Have in Every Home" by Consumer Reports.

Free and open to the public, "Surviving & Thriving 55 Years Patentless: Protecting Intellectual Property the Smart Way" will take place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room.

"In an era of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, protecting intellectual property is one of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs, companies and inventors," said Douglas Lyon, Ph.D., professor of computer engineering and IACT president. "Fewer and fewer safeguards exist to maintain any essence of secrecy in today's business climate."

The presentation will present strategies to protect product and company ideas and formulas by 'keeping them in your head.' Dacey will share how her company survived more than 55 years without a patent, despite periodic external threats to replicate the family formulas, Lyon said. Dacey, who earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and a master's degree from the University of Chicago, will also discuss why and how her company made the decision not to patent.

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Posted on September 20, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 54

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