Invention-Con 2022: Agenda and speaker biographies

 
Invention-Con 2022 -- August 10-12

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Agenda

Subject to change; all times ET. View speaker biographies.

Day one: Introduction to intellectual property (IP) 

Wednesday, August 10
TimeTopicSpeaker
12 – 12:02 p.m.

Welcome

NaThanya Ferguson, Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO
12:02 – 12:05 p.m.

Leadership greeting

Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

Your IP, a potential gold mine

Learn about the advantages of protecting your IP and using it to reach your full potential.

Louis Foreman, Chief Executive and Founder, Enventys Partners; Founder, Edison Nation; 2022 IP Hall of Fame Inductee; Publisher, Inventors Digest

Eric Ingram, CEO and Co-founder, SCOUT Inc.; 2021 Startup of the Year

Tiffany Norwood, CEO and Founder, Tribetan; 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year

Moderator:
Hope Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional USPTO
12:55 – 1:05 p.m.

Break

1:05 – 1:50 p.m.

 

Scaling up: Fireside chat with Alexandr Wang

Alexandr Wang, CEO and Founder, Scale AI

Moderator:
Debbie Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer, USPTO

1:50 – 2 p.m.

Break

2 – 2:50 p.m.

Breakout sessions

(Sessions run simultaneously)

Free legal services – The USPTO's Patent Pro Bono Program

Learn about free legal services and the Law School Clinic Certification Program. 

Taryn Goodman-Omran, Inventor and Owner, Now That’s An Idea LLC  

Dr. Shireen Marshall, Patent Attorney, scientist, and entrepreneur

Sue Munro, Administrator, ProBoPat Program, Mi Casa Resource Center, Denver

Moderator:

John Kirkpatrick, Patent Pro Bono team; Office of the General Counsel, USPTO

Conducting a prior art search

Learn what examiners look for, best practices for structuring your search, and free tools that are available.

Tom Turner, Librarian, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program, USPTO
Filing a provisional patent application 

Time is of the essence; don’t wait to start protecting your invention. Learn the value of a provisional patent application.

Zandra Smith, Patent Training Adviser, Office of Patent Stakeholder Engagement, USPTO
 
Exploring www.uspto.gov

Learn to navigate the USPTO website through helpful links and webpages.

Laura Larrimore, Digital and Creative Services Branch Chief, Office of the Chief Communications Officer, USPTO
2:50 – 3 p.m.

Break

3 – 3:50 p.m.

IP journeys – Go from eureka to enterprise

Hear from entrepreneurs about obtaining patents to drive successful businesses.

Robbie Cabral, Robbie Cabral, Inventor, CEO, and Founder, BenjiLock

Sherrill Mosee, Founder and CEO, MinkeeBlue Bags

Dahlia Rizk, CEO and Founder, Buckle Me Baby Coats

Jake Sendowski, CEO, Souper Cubes

Moderator:
Carlos Gutierrez, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

3:50 – 4 p.m.

Break

4 – 4:50 p.m.

IPitching: Innovation and investment

Learn to successfully pitch your business ideas to potential investors.

Elliott Eddie, CEO and Chairman, DM Media, Inc.; Inventor of the Entrepreneur Game

Heath Naquin, Vice President Government and Capital Engagement, University City Science Center

Vijay Sekhara, Director of Partnerships, MassChallenge

Moderator:
Warren Tuttle, Board Member, United States Intellectual Property Alliance

4:50 – 5 p.m.

Closing

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

Day two: Now what? How to put in motion a plan to protect your idea/business

Thursday, August 11
TimeTopicSpeaker

12 – 12:02 p.m.

Welcome 

Deepak Dashairya, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

12:02 – 12:05 p.m. 

Leadership greeting 

Andy Faile, Acting Commissioner for Patents, USPTO  

12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

Funds to fuel your future

Learn about funding options to start and grow your business.

 

Tricia Compas-Markman, Senior Program Officer, VentureWell

Kedma Ough, Vice President of Business Coaching, Automate Grow Sell; angel investor; author

Carolyn Rodz, Co-founder and CEO, Hello Alice

Moderator:
Jena Roscoe, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Public Policy, Operation HOPE, Inc.

12:55 – 1 p.m.

Break

1 – 1:50 p.m.

Grants and growth

Find out how to obtain capital for your business without losing equity. Learn about America’s Seed Fund and other federal grant and loan programs.

Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency]

Dr. Barry W. Johnson, Division Director, Division of Translational Impacts, Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation

Dr. Chris Sasiela, Innovator Support Team Lead and Senior Regulatory Specialist, Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development Office, National Institutes of Health

Jennifer Shieh, Ph.D., Director of Ecosystem Development Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration

Moderator:
Oleg Asanbayev, Special Program Examiner, USPTO

1:50 – 2 p.m.

Break

2 – 2:50 p.m.

Succeed with government funding and resources

Learn about government programs that can help you become financially self-sufficient and lower your expenses. Discover how to qualify for a variety of federal loans.

 

 

Eric Adolphe, Eric Adolphe, CEO, Forward Edge AI

Dr. Aadeel Akhtar, CEO and Founder, PSYONIC

Suzanne Borders, Co-founder and CEO, BadVR

Samantha L. Snabes, Co-founder and Catalyst, re:3D]

Moderator:  
Stephen Koziol, Acting Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office

2:50 – 3 p.m.

Break

3 – 3:50 p.m.

Breakout sessions

(Sessions run simultaneously)

Tips for acquiring federal funding
Amy Beaird, Program Director, Florida High Tech Corridor
Patent and Patent Trial and Appeal Board Pro Bono (PTAB) pro bono programs

Learn about the suite of free legal resources available from our Patents business unit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

William (Grant) Corboy III, Patent Attorney, Patent Pro Bono Patent Program

Brian Fried, Founder, National Inventor Club

Eugene Goryunov, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg, Associate Director for the Bay Area, California Lawyers for the Arts

Stacey White, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB

Resources for Encore Entrepreneurs 

Learn about tools for older innovators considering new careers.

Felicia Brown, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship, AARP

Angel Cornelius, Founder and CEO, Maison 276  

Trademark basics: What every inventor and entrepreneur should know now, not later
Scott Baldwin, Senior Staff Attorney, Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training USPTO
3:50 – 4 p.m.

Break

4 – 4:55 p.m.

Inspiration to impact

Get inspired by innovators who are using technology to drive positive change.

Ximena Hartsock, CEO and Founder, BuildWithin, Inc.

Dr. A. William (Bill) Kedia, CEO, MedAir Labs, LLC

Armin Tahmasbi Rad, CEO and Founder, Encapsulate

Matthew Tamayo-Rios, Founder and CEO, OpenLattice 

Moderator:
Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director, USPTO

4:55 – 5 p.m.

Closing 

Deepak Dashairya, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

Day three: IP in everyday life

Friday, August 12
TimeTopicSpeaker

12 – 12:05 p.m.

Welcome
 

Jennifer McIntosh, National Outreach Partnership Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

12:02 – 12:05 p.m. 

USPTO greeting 

Jason Lott, Attorney Advisor for Trademark Customer Outreach, USPTO 

12:05 – 12:55 p.m.

IP in the fitness industry

Learn about the importance of IP in the fitness industry. Hear from the creators of fitness-related inventions, their experiences with IP, and how IP benefits their businesses.

Daniel Delisle, Inventor and Founder, PushX3

Santia Deck, Football player; Owner and CEO, TRONUS 

Rashan “Shawn” Moye, Inventor, E-Sports trainer

Moderator:
Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

12:55 – 1 p.m.

Break

1 – 1:50 p.m.

 

Tech in arts

Learn how entrepreneurs and inventors can create successful businesses while contributing to the arts and culture.

Daniel Joseph, Imagineer and Inventor at Disney Enterprises

Dr. Merry Lynn Morris, Inventor of a wheelchair for dancing; Professor; Assistant Program Director for Dance at the University of South Florida

Chris Prendergast, CEO, Jamstack

Robert Trowers, Inventor and musician 

Moderator:
James O. Wilson, Assistant Regional Director, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, USPTO

1:50 – 2 p.m.

Break

2 – 2:50 p.m.

Breakout sessions

(Sessions run simultaneously)

IP in the digital era

Understand the impact of IP in virtual platforms. Learn about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the role IP plays in the NFT market. Get an understanding of the metaverse.

Ken Erwin, Serial Entrepreneur, Creator of the PixelMap and Founder of the DevOps Library
Independent Inventors at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

If you are an inventor or new to PTAB proceedings, join PTAB judges for a special episode of our monthly "Inventor Hour" webinar. The interview features two inventors, Mr. Steve Leslie and Dr. Yvonne Young, who appeared and won before the PTAB in an ex parte appeal.

Ryan H. Flax, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB

Lynne H. Browne, Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB

Eric Jeschke, Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB

Cynthia M. Hardman, Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB

Combatting piracy and counterfeiters 

Learn about foreign affairs and international considerations when trying to take your idea or invention abroad. Explore how U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces intellectual property rights. Find out how USPTO IP attachés working worldwide can help you.  

Thomas T. Moga, Patent Attorney, Dykema

Conrad Wong, Attorney-Advisor, Intellectual Property Officer for Guangzhou, China

Data resources for inventors

Learn how you can leverage USPTO’s publicly available data resources to help you on your innovation journey.

Scott Beliveau, Co-lead Product Owner of the USPTO’s Enterprise Data and Analytics product, Director of Enterprise Data Architecture and Chief of Enterprise Advanced Analytics in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, USPTO
2:50 – 3 p.m.

Break

3 – 3:50 p.m.

Small business success stories

Leone Atchison, President, Lalaith Astor Technical Consulting House, LLC (LATCH)

Angelica Brown, CEO and President, Data Storage Science

Steve James, President and CEO, Integrated Systems Solutions   

Kevin Wideman, CEO, Koniag Government Services

Moderator:
Portia Deans, Innovation Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

3:50 – 4 p.m.

Break

4 – 4:55 p.m.

Meet the new trailblazers: Innovation to impact

Hear from young inventors who are creating the next wave of innovation.

Rishab Jain, Regeneron Young Scientist awardee for developing an artificial intelligence-based model to enable rapid and cost-effective production of drugs

Dasia Taylor, Inventor color-changing sutures to detect infection

Adelle Jia Xin Yong, Regeneron ISEF 2022 Speaker Award winner for Smart Leukemia Labs

Moderator:
Joyce Ward, Director, Office of Education, USPTO

4:55 – 5 p.m.

Closing

Jennifer McIntosh, National Outreach Partnership Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

 

Speaker biographies

Day one speakers

Wednesday, August 10

Day two speakers

Thursday, August 11

Day three speakers

Friday, August 12