JAIM Building: University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm

2641 Osprey Vista Way, Knoxville, TN 37920

Knoxville, TN, US, 37920

Learn to develop an optimized patent strategy that can drive tremendous value for your business or innovation in this partial-day workshop!

IP 101: Boost Your Intellectual Property IQ with Vance VanDrake

In this 101 interactive session, author and patent attorney Vance VanDrake will help you navigate and explore the integral role patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets play in value creation, securing venture capital, and acquisition. Your ability to spot opportunities and avoid landmines could be the difference between success and failure. The tactics to be discussed will be beneficial to anyone in business whose innovations depend on intellectual property.

Directly following the 101 Workshop, there will be a special session on evolving patent law in the fields of software, tech, and SaaS. Traditionally not patent eligible, new USPTO guidance and pending legislation is beginning to change the landscape. Learn how these changes could positively and negatively impact your business.

Vance VanDrake is a patent attorney and partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP and author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Patent Game. He brings a progressive, creative, and business-centric approach to the development of intellectual property and business strategies. He is the co-founder of multiple early stage and venture-backed companies, is an active angel investor, and has worked with hundreds of startups and technologists to add over a billion dollars in value to these ventures.


11:15 a.m. – Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Begins

11:40 a.m. – Welcome

11:45 a.m. Session One:101 Workshop

1:25 p.m. – Session One Wrap-up

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Break

2:00 p.m. Session Two: Master Class

4:00 p.m. – Session Two Wrap-up

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About Innov865 Alliance:

The Innov865 Alliance develops, supports, and promotes the Knoxville region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and increase access to capital. Its signature event is the annual Innov865 Week; the Alliance also coordinates other activities throughout the year, including pitch competitions, educational opportunities, and social events. Founding members of the Innov865 Alliance include the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PYA, UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Three Roots Capital, Tennessee Valley Authority, Launch Tennessee, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm, and Bunker Labs Knoxville. To learn more, visit

About Knoxville Technology Council:

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation. Visit to connect and learn more!