Marketing SIG: What's in a Name?




    Topic: What’s in a Name?

    Powerful Product Names – Cool Company Names.
    Marketing’s role in building your trademark I/P portfolio.
    What makes a product name powerful? What makes a company name cool or great?

    Mostly through examples of local businesses, this talk will examine strongly branded product families and companies. Then we will explore what it takes to get a registered trademark today, and how to promote and protect it – a function that falls squarely on marketing’s shoulders. Your trademark portfolio might easily end up being more valuable than your patent portfolio.

    Finally, in a fun, interactive mode, we will discuss why creative brainstorming seldom works today, then explore what tools and resources are available and how you can come up with unique names and check them quickly.

    Presenter: Athol Foden is the president and founder of Brighter Naming, Silicon Valley’s leading independent naming agency. Until he had serious naming problems while a technical marketing manager at Sony, names were just a hobby and a fascination. He has since founded two naming agencies and a Fortune Magazine editor nicknamed him a “Namiac” in an article that appeared in Business 2.0! Athol is a former software sales and marketing executive who has worked on four continents. He has two degrees in computer science and is the author of Brighter Branding and Brighter Names.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP
    2000 University Ave.(University Circle)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel: 650.833.2000
    Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.



    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements and Introductions
    7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
    8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Networking



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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