Invention-Con 2020

InventionCon 2020 - The USPTO's Inventors Conference - August 20-22 - Online

Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional? If so, mark your calendars now for Invention-Con 2020, coming Thursday – Saturday, August 20 – 22. This year’s theme is “Your IP: A power tool for building success.” Register now for this special event

At Invention-Con 2020, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn how to use your IP to achieve success from accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners
  • Learn about resources available to assist you throughout the innovation ecosystem
  • Receive valuable information to assist with developing an IP strategy from IP and business experts
  • Learn about IP networks

For more information, or to ask questions about Invention-Con, email InventionCon@uspto.gov. Learn more about past Invention-Cons on the Invention-Con program webpage.

Invention-Con 2020 agenda

(Check for updates as the event date approaches)

Thursday, August 20 (all times ET)
 

Time Topic Speaker
12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Introduction Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO
12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Leadership welcome Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
12:15 – 1:10 p.m. Understanding the patent examination process

Patrick Nolan, Training and Development Program Manager, Office of Patent Training, USPTO

Leonard Chang, Academy Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

1:15 – 2:10 p.m. Filing a provisional application Sudhanshu Pathak, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO
2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

Break

 
3:15 – 4:10 p.m. Best practices for filing a successful patent application Janice Tippett, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing, USPTO

4:15 – 5:10 p.m.

 

Applying for a trademark Matt Schwab, Staff Attorney for Electronic Filing and Public Web Services, USPTO

5:10 – 5:15 p.m.

Wrap up and reminders  

Friday, August 21 (all times ET)
 

Time Topic Speaker

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.

Introduction

Dennis Forbes, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO

12:05 – 12:10 p.m.

Leadership welcome Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

12:15 – 1:10 p.m.

Government resources

Wayne Stacy, Director of the Silicon Valley Regional USPTO, moderator

Lindsey Cox, Program Manager, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration

George Koklanaris, Associate Administrator Small Business Development Centers, office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration

Patricia Tomczyszyn, Inclusive Innovation Program Manager, Minority Business Development Agency

1:15 – 2:10 p.m.

Building your business model

Corinne Hodges, CEO, Association of Women’s Business Council, moderator

Mike Watts, CEO of LoveHandle

Ira Carl Wolpart, attorney, SCORE

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

Break  

3:15 – 4:10 p.m.

Building a virtual business

David Sardi, Founder, Dinero Hispanic, moderator

Andrew Baluch Co-Founder of Markup LLC

Ramona Ortega, CEO & Founder of My Money My Future

David Toledo, Director of Product Development, Thrasio

4:15 – 5:10 p.m.

Keynote Sam Zaid, CEO and Founder of Getaround

5:10 – 5:15 p.m.

Wrap up and reminders  

Saturday, August 22
 

Time Topic Speaker

12:00 – 12:05 p.m. 

Introduction

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO

12:05 – 12:10 p.m.

Leadership welcome David S. Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks, USPTO

12:15 – 1:10 p.m.

 

Building your network for success

Bismarck Myrick, Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO, moderator

Miguel Alemañy, Founder at Innomatrix, LLC; Chair of the Board SHPE

Harry Alford, III, Co-Founder of Humble Ventures

Nina Archie, Diversity and Tech Policy Advisor, The Commercializer

1:15 – 2:10 p.m.

 

Market research/Know your customer

Warren Tuttle, President, United Inventors Association, moderator

Brandon Andrews, Co-Founder, Gauge

LaKisha Greenwade, Brand Strategist, Wearable Tech Ventures Founder

Lyndsey Maddox, Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

Break  

3:15 – 4:10 p.m.

Building your pitch

Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, moderator

Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Ventures

Scott Hynd, Co-Founder, Performance

4:15 – 5:10 p.m.

Licensing

Dana Colarulli, Executive Director, Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), moderator

David Fedewa, Founder, Invent Tribe

Bob Held, Held Intellectual Property, LLC

Robin Rasor, Executive Director of Licensing, Duke

5:10 – 5:15 p.m.

Wrap up and reminders