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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas 4A | Monday, April 6, 2015 . L awrence LAWRENCE • STATE J ournal - W orld SERVING THE FUTURE CITIZENS OF LAWRENCE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS! SERVING THE ENTIRE CITY OF LAWRENCE FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS AS AN ELECTED CITY COMMISSIONER! • Promoting New business attraction at Venture Park and encouraging small business growth especially entrepreneurial enterprises. • Promoting use of City Owned Fiber Network to entice Private Business Gigabite expansion for all. • Promoting continued emphasis on Infrastructure improvement for Water and Complete Streets. • Promoting citizen input for a new cost effective Police Station without raising taxes- Public Safety. • Promoting Mental health emphasis by coordinating with the County on a Crisis Unit & bringing back the wrap program for at risk teenagers- Public Health. Vote For Dr. Terry Riordan April 7th Paid for by TerryRiordanforCityCommission All programs are free, open to the public & located at the Dole Institute Dole Institute, University of Kansas, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS www. DoleInstitute. org 785.864.4900 Facebook/ Twitter Director’s Series - Spring 2015 The Reagan Enigma: 1964- 1980 with author, Thomas Reed 3: 00 p. m. Tue., April 7 Reed ran the President’s first California gubernatorial campaign and his book provides great insight into the evolution of a leader. This event includes a book sale and signing. Income Inequality: Is America Still the Land of Opportunity? with Dr. Arthur Hall and Dr. Joe Sicilian 7: 30 p. m. Tue., April 7 Join the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board in a moderated discussion on the dynamics of income inequality in the U. S. Our experts will shed light on what this issue is, whether it’s a problem, and if so, what can be done to rectify it. Co- sponsored by KU Economics Club The National Debt and You: Student Voices on the Future a moderated panel discussion 7: 30 p. m. Tue., April 21 Do citizens and lawmakers take enough time listening to the youth of America before making choices that will affect them for decades to come? This panel discussion incorporates youth perspectives on their future, as they consider the economic outlook of our country. Political Communications from Dole to Obama with Robert Waite 3: 00 p. m. Wed., April 22 Former Dole press secretary, Robert Waite, is an expert in the field of communications from DC politics to companies like IBM and Ford. He will discuss the transformations and modernizations of political communication that have occurred since he covered the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and general election of 1976. 2015 Dole Lecture with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins 4: 00 p. m. Sun., April 26 U. S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, fifth ranking member of the House Majority, will be interviewed on her national leadership position in Congress, what’s happening in Washington, D. C., today, and women’s leadership. 2015 Innovations Series Cyber Security vs. Privacy for Nation, Corporation & Citizen with Chris Isaacson, Jonathan Peters & Bill Staples 7: 30 p. m. Wed., April 29 What’s the balance between civil liberties and national security? From personal banking to global trade, from “ big brother” to Wikileaks and terrorist threats, find out how this affects our everyday lives and what the next tech security challenges will be? In partnership with the KU School of Engineering Coming up @ The Dole Institute to bear the same responsibility as taxi companies. The company urged Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the bill in a statement Thursday, saying it would “ destroy thousands of Kansas jobs by making it impossible for Uber to continue operations in the state.” Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the governor has not yet reviewed the bill and declined to speculate on what action he would take. Five states have already passed legislation regulating companies like Uber, and 35 others have measures pending. Many issues drive constituents to email their legislators en masse, but Terri Clark, the Kansas Legislature’s director of technical services, said the barrage of emails that the system began receiving Monday on the Uber bill was unprecedented. Clark said Uber prompted its app users with an option to send a letter protesting the bill to the Legislature. Through a button on the app and the company’s blog, users were able to send an instant “ shotgun email” to all of the state’s 165 legislators, Clark said. By Tuesday, the mass of simultaneous emails had slowed the Legislature’s server to the point of inoperability. Several lawmakers expressed annoyance with the emails and the slowdown, particularly because it disrupted their ability to obtain documents during the Legislature’s busy week before its annual spring break. Schwab apologized to the House ahead of its vote on the bill saying lawmakers were unfairly treated by those campaigning against it. In the end, the House passed the bill 107- 16 and the Senate’s vote was 35- 2. Uber CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A Kansas inventor hopes gadget saves farmers valuable time W ichita — Ethan Eck remembers dumping agricultural chemicals into a farm sprayer as being kind of a pain in the rear. If you’re doing it a few dozen times a day, and you’re supposed to rinse out and dispose of the jugs, too — and an expensive machine sits idling for the minutes it takes to complete those chores — then it’s more than an inconvenience. It’s an entrepreneurial opportunity. That’s certainly what Eck and partner Ralph Lagergren hope. Eck, age 23, is the inventor of the Chem- blade, a stainless steel gadget with blades that fits inside the plastic induction tank used to mix expensive farm chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides for farm sprayers. A farmer jams a plastic 2.5 gallon jug of herbicide onto the blades, which slice open the bottom, emptying the jug. A water jet then rinses the open jug. Working out of a spacious metal building on the Eck family farm north of Kingman, he and Lagergren have already developed a next generation Chemblade, a powered version called the Chem- blade ES that received national attention earlier this year at a farm show called the Commodity Classic in Phoenix. In the course of a day, the device might give farmers back 30 minutes, they said. They have filed two patents so far and expect to file seven more. The partners are among an ever- growing number of inventors seeking patents in Kansas over the last five years. Since 2010, Kansas- based inventors for Kansas- based companies have registered 6,300 patents. That’s about 100 a month, and it’s nearly double the number of patents filed in the previous five years. The United States as a whole has seen similar growth — with 615,243 total patents, including a record 300,000 utility patents, in 2014. The biggest filers tend to be technology companies, with IBM, the traditional top filer, with more than 7,000 patents last year. So far Eck has sold about 500 of the original Chem- blade units, at about $ 550 each. They are hunting for licensees to manufacture the Chem- blade ES, so a unit is probably a year away from the market. Lagergren has been guiding Eck on how to move his invention beyond a homemade gadget that’s sold out of the back of a pickup. Eck’s big idea was to rent space at the 2013 Kansas State Fair, where he sold just two or three units after enduring day after day of 100- plusdegree heat. Lagergren convinced him they should push to get the device into the hands of big distributors, such as Fairbank Equipment in Wichita, that have established customers and advertising muscle. The market is there, they said. Spraying has replaced a lot of the mechanical tilling done to control weeds in fields because it’s faster, helps prevent erosion and can be better for the soil. Their argument is that farmers’ time has become so valuable that a farmer will spend a few thousand dollars for a gadget that empties a jug in half a second and then rinse it out. It ensures all of the chemical is used, that the farmer doesn’t get any on his hands or face, and that he’s not violating environmental rules. A second unit will shred it. “ Spraying didn’t used to be that big a deal,” Lagergren said. “ Now they can have 120- foot booms and travel 10 to 15 miles an hour. They can put down a lot of chemical.” Whether to pursue a patent or other protection is a cost- benefit decision for the inventor, explains Crissa Cook, a intellectual property attorney with Hovey Williams in Overland Park. Hiring an attorney to do patent research can cost several hundred dollars. Hiring an attorney to prepare the patent application can cost $ 8,000 to $ 10,000, plus a few thousand more to negotiate the final patent with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. She recommends inventors do their own initial search, for free, at atustpo. gov or google. com/ patents. Early questions that must be answered: Is it new? Is it not obvious? Would a trademark or copyright be more appropriate? Is more development needed to perfect the technology? Is there a market for it? Every step must be documented, in a notebook in which the pages can’t be removed. “ When you get to the conception stage and, maybe, have a prototype, that is a good time to set up a consultation with a patent attorney,” Cook said. By Dan Voorhis The Wichita Eagle

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