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SWFL Small Business Resource Network Hosts "Best Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property" at Monthly Event

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) hosts a networking and roundtable panel discussion on the best ways to protect your intellectual property, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Lee County Economic Development Office in downtown Fort Myers - 2201 Second Street. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center.

Presenters are Edward M. Livingston and Bryan L. Loeffler - U.S. registered patent attorneys and SBRN members. They practice patent law and other areas of intellectual property law, including trademarks/service marks, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, franchising, and litigation. Livingston is also board certified by the Florida Bar in intellectual property law.

Livingston and Loeffler will provide a general overview of intellectual property law, and discuss issues to protect small business owners and their clients.

The evening begins with the Resource Network's monthly "Network After Five" social event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business.

Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $20 per person.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. In addition to offering consulting services, the organization conducts monthly meetings that provide topics of interest to its members. For more information on the resource network, visit

For more information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center at (239) 745-3700.

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