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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Startup TechWire (www.startuptechwire.com) has launched to champion entrepreneurs and innovation.

 

The professional news outlet reports on business, innovation, and education for America's vibrant startup community, especially the life sciences.

 

“The number of entrepreneurs across the U.S. is constantly growing, but not everybody is hearing about all the new tech that’s out there. It’s exciting to help build a stronger innovation community by sharing news and information on these startups and the businesses that support them,” David Menzies, editor/publisher, said.

 

Nearly a fifth of working adults in the U.S. – approximately 27 million people – identify as entrepreneurs. Many of these are solopreneurs, running a business alone without employees in order to stay lean and nimble to adapt to change, although this is somewhat limiting to scalability.

 

Many of these solopreneurs, Menzies explained, do not have the resources to get their stories out.

 

“That’s one of the ways Startup TechWire can help, by showcasing their products and ideas as well as covering trends related to their technologies,” he said.

 

Larger entrepreneurial trends in 2016 include innovation in utility apps geared toward “real life” issues such as travel, health and fitness, music, and news; bots and artificial intelligence; and products that promote productivity.

 

Menzies originally began publishing the tech news website as a means to generate extra visibility and web traffic for clients of his PR consultancy, Innovative Public Relations. Peers in the PR field began asking him if they could send their clients’ news items, and the publication grew, with Menzies utilizing his years of experience as a print newspaper editor to cull submissions and put forth a professional publication.

 

Word of mouth generated interest beyond the publication’s initial focus on North and South Carolina, with Startup TechWire now covering the entire U.S.

 

Fresh, original articles and user-submitted news items are updated daily, complimented by feeds from respected media sources.

 

Startup TechWire is an extraordinarily powerful and effective means of reaching a great number of people locally, nationally and globally.

 

For more information on editorial and advertising opportunities, visit www.startuptechwire.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

About Startup TechWire

Startup TechWire (www.startuptechwire.com) reports on business, innovation, and education for America's vibrant startup community. It is a professionally edited online news outlet providing readers with timely information about the life sciences, entrepreneurism, high tech and education. Fresh, original articles and user-submitted news items are updated daily, complimented by feeds from respected media sources. Startup TechWire is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc., a publicity and branding consultancy helping clients achieve their business development and organizational goals. All content is edited by Editor/Publisher David Menzies 919-274-6862 (www.daviddeanmenzies.com) an award-winning 22-year professional communicator, published author and former print newspaper editor with a rich technology background.

 

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World-Class Provider of Fingerprint Capture Technology Participating in Biometrics 2014, IACP 2014 Conferences

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Integrated Biometrics, developers of the world’s smallest and lightest FBI compliant fingerprint scanners, is sharing its technological expertise and leadership at two major industry events this month.

Business Development Executive Thomas Buss is presenting at the Biometrics 2014 conference in London, England, and the company will also be participating in the 121st Annual IACP Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

“Government agencies, law enforcement, and military organizations rely on our fingerprint scanning technology to identify both friendly and unfriendly people while providing protection for their citizens,” said Steve Thies, CEO, adding, “We’re happy to contribute to their  efforts solving the problems of size, speed, accuracy and durability in our ever increasing mobile world.”

Buss, a 38-year industry veteran, is presenting, “Next generation Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Technology:  LES is More” at Biometrics 2014. His talk includes information on how the new light emitting sensor (LES) technology from Integrated Biometrics represents a paradigm shift for the industry, showing how the technology has been recently adapted for use in military and public safety applications.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference provides over 13,000 attendees with access to the latest law enforcement technology via live demonstrations, hands-on exhibits and participatory events.

“Our success in developing products which are more ideal for  mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors is due in large part to our technical team developing game changing  FBI Certified sensors with our unique and patented film; it’s very important to us to promote our solutions to government  markets worldwide,” Thies explained.

Integrated Biometrics’ world-class fingerprint solutions work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners. For more information visit www.integratedbiometrics.com.

About Integrated Biometrics
Integrated Biometrics provides enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors to hardware and software integrators serving government agencies and commercial markets worldwide. More ideal for mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors, Integrated Biometrics FBI-certified fingerprint sensors utilize our durable, patented light emitting sensor (LES) film and work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners. Integrated Biometrics offers the only Appendix F FBI-certified sensor that meets mobility requirements demanded by end users, solving the major problems of size, speed, accuracy and durability. Find out more online at www.integratedbiometrics.com.

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North Carolina Center of Innovation Network Accelerating Ideas, Driving Business, Establishing A Culture for Growth

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK & GREENSBORO, N.C. -- NC COIN (North Carolina Center of Innovation Network) has launched its new website, NCCOIN.org, to provide access to educational and networking resources and showcase its new look designed to highlight the organization’s mission to accelerate ideas, drive business, and establish a culture for growth.

Formerly the North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology, NC COIN has changed its name to reflect its true mission, promoting innovative technologies in the areas of biotech, nanobio, agbio, advanced materials and medical devices, all of which use Nanobiological techniques and tools.

“Momentum has been steadily building for more proactive support in bringing together the community of active leaders in biotech, agriculture, and nanotechnology throughout North Carolina,” Joe Magno, COIN executive director said.

The new website debuts COIN’s newly redesigned logo reflecting the organization’s “Start Here” theme in the form of a start button. An energetic color scheme permeates the site to convey an uplifting sense of innovation and possibility.

Fresh content on NCCOIN.org communicates the many efforts of the organization to connect and unite human, intellectual, and financial resources to help members grow their businesses globally through a targeted focus on networking events, K-12 programs, educational conferences and meaningful seminars. Much of this is done through COIN events including Show-and-Tells, 90 minute events designed to promote networking and cooperation among companies, universities and researchers; Seminars to keep members informed on timely legal issues and relevant topics in accounting, insurance and capital formation; Half and Full Day Conferences where influential speakers cover a wide range of topics such as advanced manufacturing, intellectual property and big data; Conversations with subject matter experts to discuss life sciences and technology topics of interest; and Community Projects such as Centers of Gravity and K-12 after school programs.

“What emerges from our organized conversations isn’t just a set of best practices or updates on the latest advances in the field.  Our goals are more concrete -- we aim to provide resources and opportunities that will drive innovation and move ideas forward,” Magno explained.

“Our new website will also showcase our Founding Members, who are all major players in the ecosystems we are focused on growing” said Karen Shank, COIN’s Director of Business Development adding, “we are a membership supported orgainzation and all of our events and programs center around our member’s needs”.

For more information on membership contact Karen Shank, Director of Business Development at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About NC COIN
The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN) is where conversations take place and connections are made and leveraged to accelerate ideas, drive business, and establish a culture for growth. We engage a diverse community of active leaders in biotech, agriculture, and nanotechnology through sought-after events, corporate connections, and innovative community programming to facilitate the global movement and exchange of ideas, the most powerful catalyst to enabling innovative economic growth in the 21st century. At the center of building momentum @ www.nccoin.org.

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Nonprofit Life Sciences Organization Strengthens Team of Industry Leaders as it Completes Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- NC COIN (North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology) is continuing to strengthen its team of industry leaders looking to accelerate ideas, drive business, and establish a culture for growth by welcoming Dr. Sharlini Sankaran and Dr. Steve Greenbaum to the organization’s Advisory Council.

The additions come as COIN marks the completion of its popular, informative five-week Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series presented in concert with Shanahan Law Group and the NC Biotechnology Center.

“Expanding access to resources and opportunities like the Legal Series while gaining insight from respected professionals such as Drs. Sankaran and Greenbaum helps COIN open the gateway to faster development and commercialization of ideas, develop innovative K-12 community programming, and help drive new growth in North Carolina,” Joe Magno, COIN executive director, said.

Sankaran and Greenbaum join fellow industry, academic, research, and professional services leaders from across the state meeting on a quarterly basis to provide guidance and advisement to the COIN Board of Directors and staff regarding programs and events.

Dr. Sankaran is an experienced leader with public policy, economic development, and data management experience. She is Executive Director of REACH NC, a comprehensive statewide web portal to information on research expertise and capabilities at North Carolina’s universities and research institutions. Dr. Sankaran is an active and dedicated volunteer in K-12 and higher Science and Math education, having been involved in the Durham Women and Math mentoring program; serving as judge in the annual North Carolina FIRST Robotics tournament; and speaking on career development to graduate students and postdocs in the sciences and engineering. 

Dr. Greenbaum runs the Homeland Security Division of BAI, a government services company, leading diverse teams of experienced scientists and engineers planning, monitoring, and ensuring compliance for government-sponsored R&D programs. One of his roles at BAI is to build and maintain related workforce development initiatives including internships, consulting projects, and recruiting engagements with graduate programs in relevant scientific and technical areas.

Other COIN Advisory Council members include Dr. Amanda Elam, Galaxy Diagnostics; Dr. Sandra Merkel DeJames, Novozymes; Neal Fowler, Liquidia Technologies; Jinan Glasgow, Neopatents; Dr. Ginger Rothrock, RTI International; and Preston Linn, Nirvana Sciences.

Running from June through the end of July, the Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series was led by Henry Kopf III of Shanahan Law Group and consisted of informative, hands-on sessions designed for professionals involved in startups as well as established businesses and nonprofit organizations. Topics included Pre-Formation and Formation Issues, Hiring and Doing Business, Protecting Intellectual Property, Fundraising and Exits, and International Business Transactions.

In addition to gaining insights from Kopf -- the holder of four U.S. patents who concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, business advisement, constitutional takings, administrative law, and technology law -- attendees learned from guest speakers such as David Swintosky of Dunning Capital, an investment banking and financial consulting services group; John Hollenbach, former CEO & President of Doe & Ingalls Management (which was bought by Thermo Fisher); and General David L. Grange, a 30-year U.S. Army veteran and current president of Osprey Global Solutions.

This is the second time COIN has presented the Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series to provide attendees with a solid baseline of knowledge to enhance and improve their business ventures. Attendees were presented with the tools needed to build a proper foundation for their business to prevent future business problems and minimize damage and distractions such problems can cause in addition to learning how to better prepare to discuss issues with their legal team when required.

COIN connects influential business, technology, and educational professionals; provides forums for sharing information on new discoveries and important trends; and promotes innovative technologies to leverage our collective capacity to build a more vibrant economy. Founding members include Novozymes, Kymanox, Danis, CSC Leasing Company, Duke Energy, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Applied DNA Sciences, Triad Growth Partners, Total Facility Solutions, Shanahan Law Group, HP, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Jones Lang LaSalle, Liquidia Technologies, Xanofi, RTI International, BAI and Bayer.

For more information on membership contact Karen Shank, Director of Business Development at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About NC COIN
The North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (NC COIN) was organized to promote the economic development and application of nanobiotechnology and related technologies across the State of North Carolina by promoting innovation and commercialization in the fields of nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine. For information visit www.nccoin.org.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. -- Publicity and branding consultancy Innovative Public Relations, Inc. is looking to share changing communication tactics with professionals in the life sciences and technology market sectors at a multitude of important industry events throughout 2014.

Events include the 2014 Life Science Conference in Raleigh later this month; various RTP-based events this spring; and major summer tradeshows like TechConnect World in Washington, D.C., the 5th Annual NCTech4Good Conference in Chapel Hill, and the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego.

“Social media and news outlets are evolving, which means marketing, advertising, and public relations strategies that worked just 2-3 years ago now need important updating,” David Menzies, company president, said.

Users migrating out of and into different social media platforms, changing demographics of target audiences, and new approaches to gathering and reporting news reflect the importance of understanding how and where people get their information, Menzies explained, as companies look to expand their customer base, increase sales, and cement their brands in the marketplace.

In January 2014, Menzies  launched a new online resource to share best practices in publicity and branding at www.innovativepublicrelations.com. The website features helpful original content related to successfully implementing proven effective public relations strategies to compliment ongoing marketing and advertising efforts in support of business development and operational goals.

Menzies blogs regularly on the Innovative Public Relations website, which also features guest posts by select marketing, advertising, and social media industry leaders. Recent topics include crisis communications; what to do when a reporter calls; leveraging presentations for PR; why to blog; and top ten reasons your PR plan is going to fail.

The award-winning, 22+ year professional communicator is available for in-house training and speaking engagements to discuss a wide-range of business development, business management, internal and external relations, and marketing tools and methodologies.  For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (919) 335-8268.

About Innovative Public Relations, Inc.
Innovative Public Relations, Inc. is a North Carolina-based consultancy providing PR and media relations services to established business and organizations in technology, life sciences, and general business market sectors. Our specialty is getting clients in front of target audiences via proven effective publicity and branding tools and methodologies. For more information visit www.innovativepublicrelations.com.

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Industry Veteran David Menzies Sharing Strategic Messaging Best Practices Developed Over 22-Year Career

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. -- Award-winning PR practitioner David D. Menzies has recently launched a new publicity and branding consultancy, Innovative Public Relations, Inc. with an informative online resource for technology, life sciences, and general business professionals looking to expand their customer base, increase sales, and cement their brand in the marketplace.

The website for the new consultancy, www.innovativepublicrelations.com, features helpful original content related to successfully implementing proven effective public relations strategies to compliment ongoing marketing and advertising efforts in support of business development and operational goals.

Menzies blogs daily on the Innovative Public Relations website, which also features guest posts by select marketing, advertising, and social media industry leaders. Recent topics include guarding against anger endangering your brand; tracking marketing, advertising, and public relations results;  how Google AdWords can add marketing value; the importance of blogging; crisis communications; and what to do when a reporter calls.

In addition to sharing best practices in publicity and branding, Innovative Public Relations provides retainer- and project-based services that enable clients to position their brands in new and emerging markets, maximizing publicity to increase awareness and drive sales. Menzies employs a unique, creative approach focusing on public relations, media relations, online publishing, and marketing while incorporating elements of website development, social media and advertising.

With 22+ years experience as a professional communicator, Menzies' diverse background includes a wide-range of business development, business management, internal and external relations, and marketing success in engineering, technology, pharmaceutical, corporate, nonprofit, higher education, healthcare and government sectors. A former print newspaper editor and reporter, Menzies has been a contributing author to several regional and national industry publications; is Editor/Publisher of the online technology news website NCTechNews; and manages the popular LinkedIn group TriangleInnovators.

For more information on Innovative Public Relations or to access free articles on publicity and branding best practices, visit www.innovativepublicrelations.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Innovative Public Relations, Inc.
Innovative Public Relations, Inc. is a North Carolina-based consultancy providing PR and media relations services to established business and organizations in technology, life sciences, and general business market sectors. Our specialty is getting clients in front of target audiences via proven effective publicity and branding tools and methodologies. For more information visit www.innovativepublicrelations.com.

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Enhanced Profiles to Include Company Q&A, Product and Services Spotlight, Discounted Advertising

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --  NCTechNews, North Carolina’s technology news source, is accepting submissions for the Winter 2013 edition of its Innovation Resources Guide. Groups and organizations submitting their information will qualify for enhanced profiles including a company Q&A, product and services spotlight, and options for discounted advertising on the website.

There is no fee for listing in the publication, which is available at NCTechNews.com. The NCTechNews Innovation Resources Guide provides links and detailed information for a wide range of technology vendors and organizations serving clients throughout North Carolina.

NCTechNews is a professionally edited news outlet published as a free service by Global Media Strategies, an innovative PR, media relations and online publishing consultancy. Supplementing quality technology reporting by respected media outlets throughout North Carolina, NCTechNews publishes daily news items from business leaders and PR professionals. The publication is crawled by Google News, helping build organic search results for business and organizations submitting editorial content.

Companies listed in the NCTechNews Innovation Resources Guide vary from large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, and medical device corporations to smaller startup legal firms, business consultants, economic development partners, and engineering firms as well as university and nonprofit concerns.

NCTechNews is designed to help contribute to economic growth by enabling members of the North Carolina technology community to share information with peers, customers, prospects, investors and the general public.

For more information visit NCTechNews.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About NCTechNews
NCTechNews is a professionally edited online news publication helping members of the North Carolina technology community share information with peers, customers, prospects, investors and the general public. Fresh content is updated daily. The goal of NCTechNews is to solicit engaging content from a wide variety of businesses and organizations in the medical technology, life sciences, biotech, green tech, computers, and general technology industries to build a stronger community in North Carolina and contribute to economic growth. NCTechNews supplements quality technology reporting provided by respected media outlets throughout North Carolina. The publication is designed as an extraordinarily powerful means of quickly and effectively reaching a great number of people locally, nationally and globally. For more information visit www.NCTechNews.com.

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Event is Latest in String of Life Sciences, Technology Industry Participatory Efforts

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming NU Tech Crop Science & Biotechnology Roundtable at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center on October 25, 2013.

Company President David Menzies will be present to discuss best practices in biotechnology public relations and branding, reflecting on past and present work for the consultancy's client portfolio.

This is the latest in a string of 2013 life sciences and technology industry-oriented events in which Global Media Strategies has participated. In August, the consultancy exhibited at the 2nd Annual Triangle Biotech Research Symposium, while in May it supported the world's largest multi-disciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators and technology business developers and funders, TechConnect World, in Washington, D.C.

The NU Tech Roundtable features presentations by Monsanto Company, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., and Bayer CropScience in addition to "Manipulation of stomatal opening increases photosynthesis and plant growth" by Dr. Toshihiro Kinoshita,  professor of Nagoya University, and "Two B3 domain-EAR motif transcriptional repressors are essential to repress embryonic program after seed germination in Arabidoposis thaliana" by Dr. Hironaka Tsukagoshi, designated lecturer of Nagoya University.

NU Tech promotes tech transfer and research collaboration between U.S. partners and Nagoya University, mainly focusing on the life sciences and biotechnology in Research Triangle Park. Nagoya University is one of seven prestigious "Imperial" universities in Japan with 13 Graduate Schools, three Research Institutions and 18 Research Centers. 16,000 full time students study and work with 2,000 full time faculty members and 2,000 support staff.

Since launching in 2007, Global Media Strategies has successfully generated positive publicity for clients in major print, electronic, television and radio media outlets in a wide variety of industries including technology, life sciences and manufacturing. The consultancy’s signature Proposal => Engagement => Success model is proven effective at achieving results with a scalable package of services that can be tailored to each client’s specific needs as they relate to differentiating themselves from competitors; communicating value propositions; and providing easy access to products and services through customized, cost-effective public relations solutions.

Global Media Strategies provides each client with premier service and individualized attention, regardless of size, industry, or type of services required. The types of clients served include Clinical Pharmacology; Healthcare Technology; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing; Analytical Instrumentation; Biomedical Product Manufacturing; Pharmacovigilance; Intellectual Property Law; Information Technology; Product Design and Engineering; Software; Retail; and Nonprofit.

For more information about Global Media Strategies, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

About Global Media Strategies
Global Media Strategies is an innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences. We use proven effective communication tools and methodologies to increase brand awareness and drive sales for clients in new and emerging markets. Global Media Strategies operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, USA, a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world. For more information, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

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RALEIGH, N.C.--Three attorneys with Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, have been recognized in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" in their respective practice areas.

Ken Sibley (Biotechnology Law), Michael Sajovec (Litigation-Patent Law), and David Beatty (Trademark Law) join five other Myers Bigel attorneys in the 2014 rankings by peers in the legal industry.

"Every member of our talented legal team is dedicated to providing top class intellectual property legal services for our clients, and the continuing recognition through the years in The Best Lawyers in America speaks to their success and leadership in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property," said Managing Partner David Purks.

Joining Sibley, Sajovec, and Beatty with listings in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are Myers Bigel attorneys Randy Ayers (Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent), Mitch Bigel (Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law), Jim Cannon (Patent Law), Julie Richardson (Litigation-Patent, Patent Law) and Grant Scott (Litigation-Intellectual Property, Patent Law).

In addition to working with domestic and international clients in the development of quality patents that stand up to scrutiny, Myers Bigel attorneys are heavily engaged in improving their work and furthering best practices in intellectual property law by regularly participating in educational outreach, symposia, seminars and industry organizations. For example, attorneys in the firm's Litigation Department recently launched an informative blog (www.myersbigel.com/news/blog/) sharing important legal developments at the USPTO surrounding Post Grant Trial Proceedings and Inter Partes Review, while Ken Sibley recently presented Dastardly Drafters: The Declining Reputation of Patent Solicitors and Why It Matters at the fall meeting of the Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association.

"While the Supreme Court's recent decisions in biotechnology -- and business method -- patenting have been the subject of criticism, on reflection they invite greater craftsmanship in the preparation of patents,” Sibley explained, adding, “More craftsmanship in patents is ultimately good for innovative companies and entrepreneurs everywhere, as well as the legal profession."

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Myers Bigel provides expertise in all intellectual property areas, including trademark and copyrights, as well as patents. Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical, and trademark practice groups, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over thirty years, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--Innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) is joining area biotech and pharma leaders in sharing best practices at the 2nd Annual Triangle Biotech Research Symposium August 20 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Global Media Strategies President David D. Menzies, a 22+ year professional communicator, will be on hand to answer questions about publicity and branding in the ever-changing world of life sciences print and electronic news media.

Global Media Strategies provides publicity and branding services to established companies as well as startup operations, giving each client premier service and individualized attention. The consultancy has served clients in numerous industries since its founding in 2007, including Clinical Pharmacology; Healthcare Technology; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing; Analytical Instrumentation; Biomedical Product Manufacturing; Pharmacovigilance; Intellectual Property Law; Information Technology; Product Design and Engineering; Software; Retail; and Nonprofit.

The 2nd Annual Triangle Biotech Research Symposium is hosted by the BioPharma Research Council (BRC) in partnership with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. An agenda and attendance information are available on the BRC website, www.biopharmaresearchcouncil.org. Researchers, scientists, attorneys, and various other biotech business professionals at the event will be giving oral presentations and hosting poster sessions in the areas of Therapeutics, Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Drug and Device Discovery, Enabling Technologies, Intellectual Property, and Translational Medicine.

For more information about Global Media Strategies, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

About Global Media Strategies
Global Media Strategies is an innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences. We use proven effective communication tools and methodologies to increase brand awareness and drive sales for clients in new and emerging markets. Global Media Strategies operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, USA, a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world. For more information, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--Innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) is continuing its celebration of six years in business by growing its best practices blog with new insights and information for pharmaceutical industry communication professionals and business leaders.

The blog, found online at http://gmsinnovate.com/services/blog/ features thought leadership by 22+ year professional communicator David D. Menzies, Global Media Strategies president.

Recent blog posts include articles dealing with publicity challenges brought on by the death of traditional media; how to deal with negative online feedback; and how to use tradeshows to attract media attention.

Since launching his consultancy in the summer of 2007, Menzies has been able to gain traction in major media outlets in print, electronic, television and radio for clients in a wide variety of industries including technology, life sciences and manufacturing. His signature Proposal => Engagement => Success model is proven effective at achieving results with a scalable package of services that can be tailored to each client’s specific needs as they relate to differentiating themselves from competitors; communicating value propositions; and providing easy access to products and services through customized, cost-effective public relations solutions.

Global Media Strategies provides PR and media relations services to small startup operations and large established companies, giving each client premier service and individualized attention, regardless of size, industry, or type of services required. The types of clients serviced include Clinical Pharmacology; Healthcare Technology; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing; Analytical Instrumentation; Biomedical Product Manufacturing; Pharmacovigilance; Intellectual Property Law; Information Technology; Product Design and Engineering; Software; Retail; and Nonprofit.

For more information about Global Media Strategies, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

About Global Media Strategies
Global Media Strategies is an innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences. We use proven effective communication tools and methodologies to increase brand awareness and drive sales for clients in new and emerging markets. Global Media Strategies operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, USA, a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world. For more information, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--Innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) is partnering with the BioPharma Research Council (BRC) to help promote the 2nd Annual Triangle Biotech Research Symposium August 20.

Registration and sponsorship information for the event, which will focus on Innovation, Inventiveness, and Ingenuity, is available online at http://gmsinnovate.com/services/blog/.

The event is designed as a full day of information sharing in the form of a cross-silo symposium and trade show to discuss hypotheses, cross-pollinate ideas and network with peers to create potential partnerships and collaborations in the future.

The BRC is inviting researchers to provide abstracts for oral presentations or posters in the areas of Therapeutics, Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Drug and Device Discovery, Enabling Technologies, Intellectual Property, and Translational Medicine. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a Program Committee of experts. Selected presenters for oral and poster presentations will be notified by July 24 via email.

Since 2009 The BioPharma Research Council has produced symposia and forums for researchers from academic and pharma labs, government, suppliers and nonprofit groups. By building diverse programming and inviting the entire biotech/pharma community to participate, we are helping make connections that affect the development of healthcare breakthroughs across the eastern US and beyond.

For more information visit www.biopharmaresearchcouncil.org.

About Global Media Strategies
Global Media Strategies is an innovative PR, media relations, and online publishing consultancy specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences. We use proven effective communication tools and methodologies to increase brand awareness and drive sales for clients in new and emerging markets. Global Media Strategies operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, USA, a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world. For more information, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

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RALEIGH, N.C.--For the second year in a row, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, has been ranked in the top two in the country for quality patents in the consumer electronics/discretionary category by IAM/Ocean Tomo PatentRatings®.

In addition, attorneys Mitch Bigel (electronics/computer) and Alice Bonnen (biotechnology) have been named to the IAM Patent 1000 2013 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals, a respected industry guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world's key jurisdictions.

"The continuity in the quality of patents we have produced for clients over the years throughout all our practice areas is a definite source of pride for our talented legal team," David Purks, Myers Bigel managing partner, said.

At the same time that the firm is ranked second in the consumer electronics/discretionary category by IAM/Ocean Tomo PatentRatings, it is also ranked 13th overall across all industries. Ocean Tomo PatentRatings uses a patented method to calculate the relative quality of all utility patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 1976 on the basis of more than 50 independent and objective factors. The IPQ score represents a numerical measure of patent quality and potential value with a median score of 100 for US issued patents.

Ocean Tomo PatentRatings is the official ratings partner to Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine, publisher of IAM Patent 1000 2013 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, which determines its list of attorneys based on positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.

In being named to the 2013 list, Mitch Bigel and Alice Bonnen were recognized for, "their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters" according to the publication. Specifically, Bigel, called a, "mentor and one of the top IP names in North Carolina" was praised for his "excellent business mind, and that translates very well when it comes to advising clients."

Bonnen drew praise for her focus on prosecution work in the biotechnology sphere in which she has superior technical credentials, with a peer attorney stating, "She really focuses on quality, so we don't hesitate to recommend her in the event of a conflict of interest."

Bonnen's technical background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota (Plant Physiology). She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology from Michigan State University, with doctoral research focused on mechanisms of disease resistance in Curcurbitaceae. Bonnen received her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University; is a member of the North Carolina Bar; and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

With a practice centering on electronics, software and communications technologies, Mitch Bigel has been practicing patent law since 1982, including experience as a patent agent, corporate patent attorney and intellectual property law counsel for IBM Corporation. He received his Juris Doctor Degree, with high honors, from the National Law Center, George Washington University; is a member of the North Carolina, New York and District of Columbia Bars; and is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The recent IAM/Ocean Tomo PatentRatings ranking and naming of Bigel and Bonnen to the IAM Patent 1000 2013 come on the heels of Myers Bigel having eight attorneys featured in the Spring 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), a year-round reference and one of the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guides to the legal profession worldwide.

Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel continues to be recognized by legal media and industry organizations as producing quality results and leading in the protection of intellectual property. The firm’s numerous awards and accolades, successful patent applications, and continuing referrals speak volumes to the talent and dedication of its vibrant team of longtime attorneys.

Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical, and trademark practice groups, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.

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Leading Publication Recognizes Myers Bigel Legal Team Expertise

RALEIGH, N.C.--Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina with an active biotechnology practice group, is pleased to announce that eight members of its talented team of attorneys are featured in the recent Spring edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

The publication is a year-round reference and one of the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guides to the legal profession worldwide, distributed to over 30,000 influential Corporate Counsel over 50,000 Law Firm Leaders, Practice Area Heads, and Managing Partners.

"Recognition by independent third-party organizations is a reflection of the expertise and proven success of our attorneys," Managing Partner David Purks said, adding, “The fact that this particular listing is generated by peer reviews is a significant honor.”

The nineteenth edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2013) includes attorneys in 128 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Myers Bigel attorneys in the firm's biotech practice group recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 are Julie H. Richardson (Litigation - Patent; Patent Law), Kenneth D. Sibley (Biotechnology Law; Patent Law), and James R. Cannon (Patent Law). Other attorneys included in the publication include:

D. Randal Ayers (Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent)
David B. Beatty (Trademark Law)
Mitchell S. Bigel (Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law; Trademark Law)
F. Michael Sajovec (Litigation - Patent; Patent Law)
Grant J. Scott (Litigation - Intellectual Property; Patent Law)

The Myers Bigel biotechnology practice group features a legal team with years of technical expertise in areas including molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, immunology, combinatorial chemistry, plant biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics, diagnostics, therapeutics, food science and biomechanical inventions.

Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel has been consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as producing quality results and leading in the protection of intellectual property, with numerous awards and accolades, successful patent applications, and continuing referrals. In addition to its attorneys featured in The Best Lawyers In America (2013), Myers Bigel achieved a prestigious Tier 1 designation in the 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings from U.S. News and Best Lawyers, and has been ranked by IAM/Ocean Tomo as obtaining the highest quality consumer electronics patents for clients relative to all other US law firms.

Each Myers Bigel practice group, including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, litigation, mechanical, trademark, and university, is fully staffed by a steady team of dedicated legal professionals experienced in domestic and international patents, having successfully obtained patents in practically every country in the world. The firm’s full-service IP practice provides expertise in all intellectual property areas, trademark and copyrights, as well as patents.

Myers Bigel attorneys are well-versed in prosecution and litigation to enforce or defend patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the face of increasing challenges brought on by continuing developments in the Internet and social media, healthcare, life sciences and technology.

Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical, and trademark practice groups, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.

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Innovative PR and media relations firm Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) has two openings in its portfolio of international life sciences clients for a clinical pharmacology firm and pharmacovigilance organization looking to increase their market share through targeted, high-profile publicity in mainstream news and industry media. We have achieved success with previous clients in both areas and are sitting on warm leads with reporters and editors eager to feature your company in front of their tens of thousands of readers. Global Media Strategies provides PR and media relations services to small startup operations and large established firms. Each client is given premier service and individualized attention, regardless of size, industry, or type of services required. The types of clients served represent a wide variety of life sciences and technology market sectors such as clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, analytical instrumentation, biomedical product manufacturing, clinical pharmacology, healthcare technology, pharmacovigilance, technology transfer, intellectual property law, product design and development, software and information technology. For more information about portfolio openings contact David Menzies at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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RALEIGH, N.C.--Innovative creative services agency The Marketing Machine (theMmachine.com) is celebrating its 15th year of helping customers grow their businesses through comprehensive branding strategy and targeted buzz-building campaigns.

This impressive milestone marks a long journey from a one-man operation providing small businesses with consistency in their marketing efforts, to a fully staffed hybrid agency model serving clients large and small in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, law, software, retail and other B2B business, as well as non-profits.

"Whereas 'traditional' agencies rise and fall based purely on their ability to sign a great number of clients, deliver products and then walk away, The Marketing Machine succeeds by getting to know our clients and their businesses, and becoming a valued, long-term member of their internal team," Paul Spinak, company president, said.

When Spinak launched the company in 1998, he did so to create an environment for doing what he liked to do, while retaining control over his time. He has always considered himself a critical thinker with a creative edge, finding balance in applying it to a business where he can share his unique skills with others.

"Although my day-to-day has changed substantially, I still serve as creative director, touching all the work that flows through the agency for continuity, and, to be quite honest, for pure pleasure,” he said, adding, “Through The Marketing Machine, I have a professional creative outlet to help businesses grow and develop into what they want to be. Honestly, I feel lucky and grateful."

Over the years, The Marketing Machine’s strength and knowledge have been based on the diversity of its clients, and as a result, the agency has surrounded itself with a talented group of people with varying skill sets. These marketing and branding professionals have developed effective tools and methodologies to take a project from concept to marketplace with corporate branding, direct mail, email marketing, graphic design, website design, advertising campaigns and marketing collateral.

The services The Marketing Machine provides to its clients are diverse, exemplified by businesses like CenterEdge Software, a nationally renowned entertainment facility solutions provider. This long-term account started with email marketing and transitioned into a complete name rebrand, eventually evolving even further to where The Marketing Machine is handling all of the CenterEdge outreach and marketing budget.

Another client, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, needed help to move forward in the promotion of its new Canine Athlete Fund initiative. The Marketing Machine helped the organization launch the initiative to raise money for researchers focusing on developing proper conditioning, nutrition, training and rehabilitation specific to the growing number of canine athletes, and the agency continues to assist the AKC with quarterly newsletters and tapping into new markets for fundraising.

The Marketing Machine's services are sought after by clients for numerous reasons, according to Spinak, not least of which is for the firm’s expertise in managing resources. The AKC Canine Health Foundation, for example, has a fully qualified in-house marketing staff, but more initiative and drive than they can handle. Instead of pouring resources into hiring more staff, they outsource to The Marketing Machine to accomplish their goals effectively, on-time and within budget. 

Creative services is another hallmark The Marketing Machine is known for, according to Spinak, who pointed to clients like CenterEdge Software being run by smart, technology-oriented individuals who may not have the creative chops of someone who lives and breathes graphic design and branding for a living.

"As much as we're known for our creative abilities and experience managing resources, it’s our flexibility that sets us apart,” he said, adding, “Our setup as a hybrid agency is a direct reflection of the flexibility that businesses need to have. Just as someone like the AKC Canine Health Foundation needs us sometimes, but doesn’t need us others, we are able to meet their needs as they ebb and flow."

Moving into its next 15 years, The Marketing Machine is committed to continuing to address every project with open communication and a high level of professionalism. Taking great pains to invest in talented staff and supportive technological resources to ensure each client's project is managed in a thoughtful, timely manner, the agency's staff and leadership is focused on ensuring that each customer gets individualized attention in the areas of creative, production, traffic control, account coordination, strategy and project management. With a talented account executive leading the way, The Marketing Machine’s award-winning, in-house creative team carefully blends knowledge, experience and technical know-how with unparalleled imagination and originality to craft ideal marketing and branding solutions, on-time and on-budget.

For more information about The Marketing Machine, visit theMmachine.com.

About The Marketing Machine
The Marketing Machine is your go-to partner for comprehensive branding, marketing expertise and strategy, campaign planning, project management and graphic-design solutions. We are an innovative creative services agency specializing in helping our customers grow their businesses, whether it’s a company getting serious about their marketing or a high-profile nonprofit or corporation whose marcom staff is wearing too many hats and needs a reliable partner. The Marketing Machine boasts years of experience and expertise working with business owners, C-level executives and marketing directors as an outsourced member of their internal team, enabling TMM to address every project with open communication and a focus on professionalism. Our creativity-friendly business structure and location in the heart of the action in downtown Raleigh help create an environment of excitement and innovation in our team that is passed along to our clients in the work we do. Learn more about how you can start building and maintaining a strong brand at theMmachine.com.

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MORRISVILLE, N.C.--Innovation and commercialization firm Montie Design is hosting a two-day seminar for businesses looking for professional guidance in taking a product from concept to marketplace.

The informative class, "Getting Your Product to Market 101 - How to Design, Prototype, and Manufacture Your Product" is being taught by Montie Design President Montie Roland, a product design veteran who regularly presents on product design and commercialization throughout North Carolina.

"The process of moving a product from concept to finished goods on the loading dock requires a broad skill set. Each step also means a new vendor with different concerns, requirements and terminology. Even seasoned corporate product developers seldom get exposed to the entire process. We want to provide attendees with an overview of the challenges and semantics that they will encounter at each step of the way," Roland explained.

He went on to say that his firm’s experiences with the Montie Gear line and Montie Design work for corporate clients and entrepreneurs provides a real world context and examples for the class.

"We're keeping the class size very small to allow for extensive interaction and sharing," Roland added.

Spread over two days to allow for meaningful interaction with Roland, the seminar provides an overview of product development, patent, prototyping, product manufacturing, and sales, as well as low-cost marketing and public relations tools to develop a “buzz” about the final product.  The event will take place at the Montie Design offices in Morrisville on Tuesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 13. Cost of the seminar is $250 plus a $7.50 registration fee; reservations can be made online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6546126641.

Roland is President Emeritus of the Carolinas PDMA (Product Development and Management Association,) and a member of the Carolinas IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) with over 20 years experience in product design and manufacturing.

Montie Design operates its main Research Triangle design shop as well as a secondary manufacturing facility in Spring Creek, N.C., north of Asheville. In addition to helping clients bring over 750 creations to life, the firm enjoys great success with its own Montie Gear line of outdoor equipment it sells directly to consumers. Montie Gear developed out of an internal review of best practices to take a product idea from concept all the way to marketing and sales. The X-Rest, a unique portable shooting accessory, was the "test product" the Montie Design staff came up with to help hunters and shooting enthusiasts gain access to a lightweight, stable platform that weighed only a couple pounds.

The Montie Design team began researching the consumer marketplace, and determined an opening for the product. Soon after they synthesized a buffet of design concepts, utilizing their mechanical design best practices, and designed the X-Rest from the inventor’s point of view, conceptualizing a design and selecting materials that could keep costs down in order to reach a price point attractive to consumers. The team came up with a winning design, found a vendor that could deliver a prototype, pursued testing and design improvements, and eventually released the X-Rest for testing and evaluation by outdoor industry experts.

Positive feedback pushed the design team to begin marketing the X-Rest with a limited budget and added a page for the X-Rest on the company website. Once articles and reviews started appearing, the team saw a rise in traffic and, more importantly, sales.

Success bore additions to the Montie Gear line including a slingshot; ultralight knife; multi-purpose tree hook archery rest for sturdy support of a bow, crossbow, or rifle with a sling; camp rack designed to hold pots, lids, serving bowls and utensils off the ground to dry after cleaning; and new variations of the popular X-Rest and AR-Rest shooting supports for hunters and recreational shooters.

More information about Montie Design is available online at www.montie.com. The X-Rest and other products from the Montie Gear line are available online at www.montiegear.com.

About Montie Design
Montie Design is an innovation and commercialization firm with core competencies in mechanical engineering and industrial design. Active in the product design, defense, and technology sectors, we leverage years of industry leadership and extensive technical capabilities to help clients take products from concept to marketplace that are economical to manufacture, elegant and robust. Montie Design is a North Carolina company headquartered in the Research Triangle region with clients across the country and overseas. We are dedicated to economic development throughout our home state and furthering excellence in design and engineering. For more information, visit www.montie.com.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & WASHINGTON, D.C.--Innovative PR and media relations firm Global Media Strategies (www.gmsinnovate.com) recently supported the world's largest multi-disciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators and technology business developers and funders, TechConnect World, in Washington, D.C. May 12-16. In addition to providing insights and best practices in publicity and marketing directly with attendees via David Menzies, Global Media Strategies president, the firm promoted the event as a strategic partner through its online news resources NCTechNews and Global TechWire.

Both websites are published by Global Media Strategies to help technology professionals around the world get timely news and information about the life sciences, medical technology, biotech, cleantech, computers, innovation and entrepreneurs, high tech and education.  Fresh, original articles and user-submitted news items are updated daily, while banner ads help generate web traffic for businesses looking to get in front of technology decision makers.

Global Media Strategies has been specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences via proven effective communication tools and methodologies since 2007. With clients across the United States and overseas, the firm operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. The greater RTP area is a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and is home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world.

Held at the Gaylord National Convention Center, TechConnect World houses four world-class technical events focused on advancements in Nanotech, Microtech, Biotech, Cleantech and the technology overlap between these converging domains. This year’s TechConnect World is co-located with the National SBIR Conference, designed to accelerate the commercialization of American innovation by providing the world’s largest on-site matchmaking program with investors and corporate development partners. The joint events will showcase more than 20 federal agencies and their top funded innovations including: Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, NSF, and many more.

As technologies commercially mature from the purely research stage, they are advanced into the TechConnect Summit and partnering programs in which IP and Early-stage companies are reviewed and selected by the organization’s board of corporate and investment partners. Through events and strategic partners, TechConnect increases the innovation pipeline, helps partners find new licensing and business opportunities, and matches corporate and investment partners to top vetted technologies from around the world. More information is available online at www.techconnectworld.com.

Global Media Strategies provides PR and media relations services to small startup operations and large established firms. Each client is given premier service and individualized attention, regardless of size, industry, or type of services required. The types of clients served represent a wide variety of life sciences and technology market sectors such as clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, analytical instrumentation, biomedical product manufacturing, clinical pharmacology, healthcare technology, pharmacovigilance, technology transfer, intellectual property law, product design and development, software and information technology.

For more information about Global Media Strategies visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

About Global Media Strategies
Global Media Strategies is an innovative PR and media relations firm specializing in getting businesses and organizations in front of target audiences via proven effective communication tools and methodologies. The strategic communication plans Global Media Strategies builds for clients helps support positioning in new and emerging markets, maximizing publicity to increase brand awareness and drive sales. Global Media Strategies operates out of the technology-rich Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, a hotbed of innovation and economic growth, and home to some of the leading life sciences and technology firms in the world. For more information, visit www.gmsinnovate.com.

About NCTechNews
NCTechNews is a professionally edited online news publication helping members of the North Carolina technology community share information with peers, customers, prospects, investors and the general public. Fresh, original articles and user-submitted news items are updated daily. The goal of NCTechNews is to solicit engaging content from a wide variety of businesses and organizations in the medical technology, life sciences, biotech, green tech, computers, and general technology industries to build a stronger community in North Carolina and contribute to economic growth. NCTechNews supplements quality technology reporting provided by respected media outlets throughout North Carolina. The publication is designed as an extraordinarily powerful means of quickly and effectively reaching a great number of people locally, nationally and globally. For more information visit www.NCTechNews.com.

About Global TechWire
Global TechWire is a professionally edited online news publication helping technology professionals around the world get timely news and information about the life sciences, medical technology, biotech, cleantech, computers, innovation and entrepreneurs, high tech and education. Fresh, original articles and user-submitted news items are updated daily, complimented by news feeds from respected media sources. Developed to supplement quality technology reporting provided by respected media outlets throughout the world, Global TechWire is designed as an extraordinarily powerful and effective means of reaching a great number of people locally, nationally and globally with news items that may be otherwise overlooked by larger mainstream news operations. Regardless of the size of tech concern or how long a tech business has been in operation, anyone can contribute content for consideration of publication in Global TechWire absolutely free. Simply add This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to press distribution lists. For more information visit www.global-tech-wire.com.

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RALEIGH, N.C.--Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, has added a new partner in attorney Sherry L. Murphy.

Murphy is the 25th partner named at Myers Bigel, which is dedicated to attracting talented attorneys well-versed in client technologies to run the firm's practice groups including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, litigation, mechanical and trademark.

"Sherry exemplifies our dedication to best practices in patent law, which has a heightened importance now thanks to the substantive changes we’ve seen in the U.S. patent system," said Managing Partner David Purks.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) switched from a “first-to-invent” system of processing patent applications to a "first-to-file" mechanism on March 16, resulting in a flood of applications running up to the deadline and new approaches for crafting and filing strong patents for clients. A recent Wall Street Journal article pointed to 12,670 patent applications coming into the USPTO the first week of March, making it the highest weekly total of the year.

Murphy, who works in the Myers Bigel Biotechnology practice group, said recent case law has tightened the standards in many areas for biotech and chemical patents, "including the patentability requirements of non-obviousness, written description, and of course, patentable subject matter. Knowledgeable guidance in all of these areas is key to a successful patent strategy and overall portfolio."

A magna cum laude graduate of Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience focusing on molecular biology, chemistry and mathematics, Murphy received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco, cum laude, with CALI awards in patent law and international intellectual property. Prior to her legal career, Sherry worked as a research technologist for several years in laboratories at Northwestern University and the Stanford University Medical Center, and has co-authored publications in scientific journals. Her research at Northwestern involved the biophysics of protein import into mitochondria. While at Stanford, Sherry studied the sodium bicarbonate transporters and their role in regulating pH in brain tissues.

After moving to North Carolina from California several years ago, Murphy said she quickly recognized Myers Bigel as a leading firm in the area of patent law, with a strong biotechnology practice.  After meeting with some of the partners, she was able to join the firm as an associate.

"I have always been fascinated by biotechnology and the interface of biology, chemistry and physics, and thrive on the challenging subject matter.  I am also naturally drawn to the law, and rule-based theory such as patent law.  My career in patent law allows me to meld those two interests while working with companies that are actively pursuing therapies having promise to make a difference in people's lives," she said.

Murphy provides guidance on a daily basis to small and large biotechnology companies alike on issues including new chemical entities, biologics, tissue engineering and cell delivery technologies. She also assists personalized medicine clients in navigating the changing patentability requirements of diagnostic inventions and interacts with client regulatory teams in their development of products with companion diagnostics.

According to founding partner Kenneth D. Sibley, when Myers Bigel hires associates like Murphy they are provided with a clear path to partnership. Each year they are evaluated on legal skills, firm management skills, practice development and conduct, with the evaluations in those categories determining whether or not that year will count towards partnership.

"We are much more associate-friendly than most law firms; where others anticipate a certain amount of attrition, our bottom line is we hire associates with the expectation they will be made partner," he explained, adding, "we're fairly selective about who we hire and make a commitment to them, with the expectation they will make a corresponding commitment to the firm as a whole."

Sibley explained that the reason for his firm's development of attorneys long-term came from feedback he and his original partners received early on from clients about the importance of understanding technology in developing strong patents that would stand up to scrutiny. As an attorney gets up to speed on a certain technology, clients want that same attorney throughout the entire patent process. By committing to technologically savvy and well-rounded  attorneys, Myers Bigel is able to keep its talented team together with limited turnover that is well below the industry average, resulting in a strong collective group.

"We don't hire associates du jour. As the technology changes for our client, we want someone who knows where they’ve been in order to see where they’re going," Sibley said, adding, "If the technology changes and the lawyer also changes, that's a disruption the client does not need."

With a full-service IP practice, Myers Bigel provides expertise in all intellectual property areas, including trademarks, copyrights, and patents, with attorneys well-versed in prosecution and litigation to enforce or defend patent, trademark and copyright claims.

Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical and  trademark practice, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.

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