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Charlotte, N.C., March 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hacking IP: Considerations for Startups and Entrepreneurs is making its way to one of our nation’s most innovative communities, Charlotte, NC. The fourth stop of the multi-city IP education program presented by the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) will be hosted at Central Piedmont Community College on March 27th. The evening will give budding entrepreneurs and interested community members an opportunity to engage with a distinguished panel of IP specialists as we discuss the importance of a well-developed IP strategy when launching or operating a startup. Registration is free and open to the public.

Charlotte has established itself as the premier destination for FinTech companies, both early-stage startups and venerable brands. The region is also home to illustrious research universities and leading community colleges where many undergraduate students get their start. These bright minds go on to become business founders and leaders, which makes it crucial that they understand the fundamentals of intellectual property so that they can achieve business success.

“Intellectual property is one of the most valuable assets a business can have, although it is extremely discounted despite its value,” says IP attorney Ticora Davis, panel moderator of the upcoming event. “I encourage my clients and business owners to leverage the existing trademark and copyright laws to ensure their competitive advantage.”

Charlotte Hacking IP offers insights into how inventors and entrepreneurs can protect their valuable IP including their business name, website, contacts, trade secrets, patents, and other intangible assets fundamental to the vitality of an enterprise. Join us for a fun and informative session that kicks off with a reception and networking hour, followed by a moderated panel of IP specialists that includes:

  • Lindsey Haaser Braciale: Lindsey is the founder & CEO of Advocations, an organization that amplifies the way companies source, hire, and retain talent with disabilities. She is also founder & CEO of Notable, a data-driven diversity application that crowdsources solutions to known barriers to employment.
  • Ticora Davis (moderator): Ticora is an intellectual property attorney, business strategist, and the founder of The Creator’s Law Firm
  • Louis Foreman: Louis is the founder and Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm. He is also CEO of Edison Nation, Edison Nation Medical, and an adjunct business professor
  • Chad Tillman: Chad is an inventor, entrepreneur, and patent attorney at Tillman Wright & Wolgin
  • Taffy Williams Ph.D.: Taffy is CEO & President of ColonialTDC, a medical technologies company

The Charlotte event is made possible with the support of North Carolina’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN). Comprised of 60 business education and support centers hosted mostly in local community colleges across the Tar Heel State, the SBCN aids in new business development and helps existing businesses grow with training, counseling, and information.

“Michelson IP has been an invaluable partner in providing our network with educational resources that support IP protection,” says SBCN Director Anne Shaw. “We’re excited to welcome the Hacking IP series to Charlotte and collaborate on this insightful evening that is sure to benefit many North Carolinians in their current or future ventures.”

Michelson IP also welcomes the support of host Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, Gaston College, Mitchell Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, South Piedmont Community College and Stanly Community College.

Register to attend the March 27th event, and join our mailing list for updates on when the Hacking IP: Considerations for Startups and Entrepreneurs program will visit a location near you.

About The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP)

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, addresses critical gaps in intellectual property education to empower the next generation of inventors by providing high-quality instructional content. Its library of free educational resources includes an interactive textbook, undergraduate IP curriculum, animated videos, and a self-paced online course.

Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit

About The North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network

The NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is the state’s largest state-supported small business assistance initiative. Started in 1984 with the funding of eight small business centers by the North Carolina General Assembly, by 1995 at least one Small Business Center was established at each of the 58 community colleges. Currently, the Network has 60 sites throughout the state with Centers conveniently located within a 30-minute drive of every North Carolinian. At the core of its vision, the Small Business Center Network is positioned to focus on entrepreneurship, small business and economic development with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and businesses seeking disaster assistance or seeking to stabilize. To learn more, visit

Partner Colleges

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) – CPCC has been a part of the Charlotte landscape for over 50 years. It has more than six campuses located throughout Mecklenburg County. Learn about the College’s campus news and events, its leadership teams, philosophy and vision, and more by clicking below.

Cleveland Community College – Cleveland Community College provides diverse and accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community. For more than 50 years the College has met students where they are whether they need to finish a high school degree, transfer to a four-year school, earn a degree, diploma or certificate, learn a trade, or build on career skills they already have, and helped them achieve their goals and go as far as they can in life.

Gaston College – Gaston College is an open-door public community college, located in Gaston and Lincoln counties, that promotes student success and access to lifelong learning through high-quality, flexible, affordable, and comprehensive educational programs and services responding to economic and workforce development needs.

Mitchell Community College – Mitchell Community College’s instructional philosophy is based on Contextual Teaching and Learning. Simply stated, we recognize that there should be a porous boundary between what is taught in the classroom and what is going on in the world around us. We strive to make the learning opportunities that we provide relevant to all students. All of the work that we do for our students and the community is based upon our Foundational Competencies. These include our Mission, Purpose, Beliefs and Statements of Integrity.  We demonstrate these through the programs that we offer, our partnerships with the community, industry and educational organizations, the relevant use of technology and innovative thinking.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is an open door, comprehensive learning-centered institution of public higher education serving the citizens of Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, offers affordable occupational and educational programs leading to Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Science degree, Associate in Fine Arts degree, Associate in General Education degree, and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Diplomas and certificates are awarded for other occupational, adult and continuing education programs. The primary focus of the College is workforce development, meeting the educational needs of the individual and changing requirements of the workplace. Reflecting its commitment to student learning outcomes, the College strives to inspire its students to increase their knowledge, develop occupational and technical proficiencies, respond to lifelong learning opportunities, and expand their awareness as responsible citizens in a democratic society.

South Piedmont Community College – As a learning college, South Piedmont promotes and celebrates learning as the process that changes and improves lives. This applies to our students, employees, and the college itself. We are an organization in which people continually expand their ability to grow and learn.

Stanly Community College – Stanly Community College values students, effective teaching, partnerships, and lifelong learning. As an active member of Stanly County, the College enhances the economic, social, and cultural life of the communities we serve by providing learner-centered environments that encourage access, success, and completion.