AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Start-up businesses will receive a crash course in effective nanotechnology commercialization during the Small Times Media NanoCommerce 2004 conference (the conference) in Chicago on October 4-7, 2004. Nanotechnology industry and legal authority Kelly Kordzik will serve as moderator and speaker at a Pre-Conference workshop discussing the industry potential and possible pitfalls when bringing a nanotechnology idea from discovery stage to market. Kordzik, Chair of the Nanotechnology Practice for the law firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC and President of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, will open the conference with a discussion entitled Emerging Issues in Patenting Nanotechnology Inventions, offering a look into the business and legal challenges facing nanotechnology ventures at this crucial stage. A highly-regarded national and international legal authority on the commercialization of the nanotechnology industry, Kordzik will then moderate a panel discussion entitled Nanotech Start-Up: Business issues and solutions. This panel discussion promises to provide practical steps for new business ventures as well as strategies and trends that could impact the entire business chain -- from research and development and venture capital funding to commercialization and the appropriate exit strategy. "As the applications for nanotechnology continue to evolve and diversify, businesses must ensure that they understand the various steps required to take their innovative nanotechnology products from concept to commercialization," stated Kordzik. "These discussions promise to offer frank solutions that are immediately applicable to start-ups during this critical stage." Produced by Small Times Media, a leading source of nanotechnology business information, the NanoCommerce conference promises to bring together top businesses from all aspects of nanotechnology for a three-day meeting to network and discuss topics like: Industry trends and projections, product development, IPO and mergers and acquisition opportunities, and guerilla marketing. Representatives from top U.S. research and development organizations, science, academia and industry will unite to discuss and promote future nanotechnology development and commercialization trends. Last year's attendees included such global industries as 3M, C Sixty, Nanotechnologies, Inc., DuPont, and Eastman Kodak. Winstead's Nanotechnology Practice Group is a key component of the firm's Intellectual Property and Corporate Practice groups, and offers clients, of any size, legal counseling on filing and prosecuting a myriad of diverse patent applications in the field of nanotechnology. As well, the practice provides strategic guidance on a variety of corporate matters, from the start- up phase of a business through the commercialization of its nanotechnology discoveries. Winstead Sechrest & Minick is among the largest business law firms in Texas with more than 300 attorneys and 29 practice areas. Winstead has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, Texas, Washington D.C., and Mexico City. For detailed information about the firm, visit http://www.winstead.com .
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