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Collin Presents Speaker on Intellectual Property and Patent Creation

Collin Presents Speaker on Intellectual Property and Patent Creation

October 12, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will host a lecture on intellectual property and patent creation within the sciences.

Ray Wheatley, the director of technology development for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at the college's Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The lecture is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. Call 972.881.5880 by Tuesday, Oct. 17 to make a reservation.

Wheatley's presentation is titled "Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer: The University Role." He will discuss how universities play an important role in accelerating the commercialization of new technologies. He will also discuss the tools and methods used in commercializing new research advances.

Wheatley joined UTSW in 1984, and he was named director of technology development in 1995. He coordinates and supervises all aspects of technology transfer at UTSW. He recommends and approves protection strategies for intellectual property, and he negotiates licenses.

Wheatley is also the chairman of UTSW's Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, which advises the university president on new intellectual property disclosures.

The event is sponsored by Collin's Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS).

Collin's CASMNS program is a specialized program for highly motivated and talented students majoring in mathematics or the natural sciences. In addition to sponsoring a lecture series, the center offers opportunities for students enrolled in select courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and geology to participate in a variety of undergraduate research activities. The college's CASMNS professors are specialists in a wide variety of research areas ranging from predatory insects and astronomy to neuroendocrinology.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.

For more information about Collin's CASMNS program, visit the website at