POSTPONED - Birds of a feather invent together: Learn how two local men in chicken suits got their invention to the marketplace when Invention-Con comes to Akron

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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced when determined.

Invention-Con, the flagship program for independent inventors from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is on the road. Join us for our next stop, the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 60 South High Street.


Come to Invention-Con in Akron to:

  • Meet Brian Halasinski and Kirk Hyust, Akron-area inventors of the Turbo Trusser who donned chicken suits while making a successful pitch as contestants on Shark Tank
  • Learn about free legal services for patents and trademarks applicants, inventor and entrepreneurial support, and innovation-focused networking groups in Northeast Ohio
  • Explore the vital role intellectual property plays in your success as an innovator and entrepreneur



(Subject to change. All times ET)

9 - 9:30 a.m.Registration
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.Overview and welcomeSean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Specialist, USPTO

James Wilson, Assistant Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, USPTO
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.Finding inspiration in everyday life
Learn from inventors about their experience with intellectual property and going commercial.
Brian Halasinski, Co-founder of Turbo Trusser LLC

Kirk Hyust, Co-founder of Turbo Trusser LLC
10:15 - 11 a.m.

Understanding intellectual property (IP)
Examine the critical role IP plays in your success.

James Wilson, Assistant Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, USPTO
11 - 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Understanding free legal services in the Akron area
Learn about services to help you obtain a patent for your invention or a trademark for your product or service.

Dr. Paul Campbell, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Brown Venture Group

William Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO

Anand Desai, Patent Pro Bono Program, USPTO

Jim Patterson, Principal and Founder, Patterson Thuente IP

12 - 1:15 p.m.Lunch (on your own) 
1:15 – 2 p.m.

Why trademarks matter
Get an overview of a trademark’s vital importance to your successful business.

Jason Lott, Trademark Attorney, USPTO
2 - 3:25 p.m.Get connected
Learn where to find inventor support, meet with representatives of NE Ohio groups that can help get your product to market, and have a one-on-one meeting with an expert on patents and trademarks.

Bob Leach, Braintree Business Development Center

Eric Hamilton, Certified Business Adviser, Akron SBDC

James Hilton Sr., Director, Entrepreneurial Services, Bounce Innovation Hub

Traci Spencer, Associate Director – Manufacturing Assistance Programs, Strategic Investments Division

Carlos Gutierrez, Innovation Outreach Specialist – National Programs, USPTO (moderator)

3:25 - 3:30 p.m.USPTO resources and wrap-up
Explore free USPTO resources available to innovators.
Portia L. Deans, Innovation Outreach Specialist – National Programs, USPTO

Speaker biographies


View recordings of past programs on the Invention-Con event series page.

Invention-Con is the USPTO's annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work. This program is presented by the USPTO's Office of Innovation Outreach

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