Peter G. Balbus to Lead MIT Enterprise Forum Panel - Event will Focus on Key Intellectual Property Issues of Interest to Entrepreneurs and Business Executives

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MIT Enterprise Forum sponsored panel discussion on Intellectual Property, featuring Peter Balbus, managing director of Pragmaxis, LLC

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 10, 2004 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum Chicago Chapter announced today that Peter G. Balbus, founder and managing director of Pragmaxis, LLC, will serve as moderator for its panel discussion entitled Creating, Protecting and Defending Intellectual Property. The event will be held on November 17th at 6:00pm CDT at the Chicago offices of Gardner Carton & Douglas, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

Mr. Balbus’ management consulting group specializes in assisting corporations in creating, channeling and commercializing intellectual property assets. Prior to founding his own consulting practice, Mr. Balbus held senior practitioner and management positions with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, CSC Index and KPMG Strategic Services. Mr. Balbus was also the on-air host of The Information Age, a cable-TV program focusing on emerging technologies broadcast on FNN (now CNN-fn).

Other members of the panel include:

•Darren S. Cahr, Intellectual Property Attorney with the Chicago office of Gardner Carton & Douglas. The Intellectual Property practice at Gardner Carton & Douglas helps clients identify, protect and exploit their full range of intellectual capital.

•Anamaria Cashman, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Playboy Enterprises, Inc. She is responsible for the management and protection of the company's extensive trademark, domain name and copyright portfolio; including management of Playboy's worldwide anti-counterfeiting program and overseeing the prosecution and maintenance of Playboy's trademark portfolio.

•Wayne H. Rothschild, President of Innovation Management, LLC. He is an inventor with more than 50 issued and pending patents. Innovation Management, LLC offers product development and intellectual property services to corporations and individual inventors.

•Amy Zecher, Director of Consulting Services for the Midwest region and Vice Chair of the Asset Location and Recovery Practice at IPSA International, Inc., a premier global provider of investigative consulting services in the areas of fraud, anti-money laundering, due diligence, asset location and recovery, and intellectual property protection.

About Pragmaxis

Pragmaxis, LLC provides management consulting and advisory services to executives responsible for developing, managing and monetizing intellectual property assets. The firm specializes in assisting clients in defining and managing innovation and intellectual property creation processes – and accelerate capturing the value of intellectual property through focused commercialization activities.    

About The MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the entrepreneur community of the greater Chicagoland area. Events are open to the public and reach out to local start-ups, high technology companies, venture capitalists, angels and the professionals who support them.

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