Invention-Con San Jose

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Kick off the Successful Inventing series at Invention-Con on the Road, presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley Chapter (LES-SVC) and coming virtually and in person to USPTO's Silicon Valley Regional Office in the vibrant tech hub of San Jose, California. Tailored for the independent inventor community, our free marquee event brings inspiration and resources directly to you. Connect with fellow inventors and our experts in this epicenter of innovation. 

In-person attendees, join a pre-event networking session with IP and small-business professionals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. to get answers to your patent and trademark questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Come to Invention-Con San Jose to:

  • Dive into the essentials of intellectual property (IP): Get a solid foundation in patents and trademarks to protect and supercharge your products and brands
  • Gain insight from the pros: Hear firsthand accounts from successful entrepreneurs about their experiences licensing and commercializing their innovations
  • Discover real-world IP journeys: Engage with a panel of inventors, business experts, and startup pioneers who will share how they navigated securing IP protection to turn concepts into marketplace realities
  • Uncover IP's impact: Explore how IP is a cornerstone for innovation and a springboard for entrepreneurial success
  • Learn about free legal services and support for patent and trademark applicants in the Bay Area

Join the event


(Subject to change. All times are Pacific Time)

11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

Resources networking session (in-person only)

Come talk to an expert! We'll have IP and small-business professionals on hand to answer your patent and trademark questions. 

USPTO staff

Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley Chapter (LES-SVC) representatives

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff

Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) staff

12:45-12:50 p.m.Welcome and USPTO leadership greeting

Deepak Dashairya, Office of Public Engagement, USPTO

Mary Fuller, Regional Director of the Silicon Valley Regional Office, USPTO

12:50-1:50 p.m.

Patent basics

New to the patent process? You're in the right place. Learn what you need to know to apply for a patent, from search to submit.

Jolyn Eley, Administrator, Office of Patents Stakeholder Experience, USPTO

Robert Hodge, Administrator, Stakeholder Education and Training Division, USPTO

1:50-2:50 p.m.

Trademark basics

If you're a small business owner or entrepreneur looking to protect your brand and product identities, this is the session for you. Get an overview of the federal trademark registration process.

Jason Lott, Managing Attorney for Trademarks Customer Outreach, USPTO
2:50-3 p.m.


3-3:45 p.m.

Successful inventing

Get valuable tips on building a business from successful entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. 

Mariane Bekker, Founder, Founders Bay

William Seidel, Owner, America Invents LLC

Ken Tarlow, President, Tarlow Design LLC

Deepak Dashairya, Office of Public Engagement, USPTO (moderator)

3:45-3:55 p.m.

What's next?

Get a preview of the 2024 Successful Inventing series.

Larry Udell, Founder, Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley Chapter (LES-SVC)
3:55-4 p.m.Wrap-up and conclusionDeepak Dashairya, Office of Public Engagement, USPTO (moderator)

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 Public Engagement

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