Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium - Agenda

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium, March 28


9:00 - 9:30                  Registration/Networking Breakfast


9:30 – 9:45                  State of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

                                    Dana Robert Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


9:30 – 10:00                 Welcome one

                                     Congressman Jerrold Nadler, New York's 10th congressional district

                                     Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, New York's 8th congressional district


10:00 – 10:45              Patents – The Cornerstone of Creativity 

                                    Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach and Recognition, Office of Innovation Development, USPTO


10:45 – 11:30              Trademarks-Making Your Brand the Best It Can Be

                                    Montia Givens, Trademark Staff Attorney, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, USPTO


11:30 – 11:45              Invention Promotion Firms and Non-USPTO Solicitations

                                    Cathie Kirik, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Innovation Development, USPTO


11:45 – 12:15              Do US Product Safety Laws Apply to Your New Product?

                                    Neal Cohen, Small Business Ombudsman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety      Commission


12:15 – 1:15                Keynote Luncheon

                                    Keynote Speaker   Nancy Tedeschi,  entrepreneur and inventor of SnapIt Screw™


1:15 – 2:15                  Backyard Resources

                                    Kathryn E.  Wagner, Patent Pro-Bono Coordinator, Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts (VLANY)

                                    Kenneth Johnson, Patent and Trademark Resource Center, (PTRC), NY Public Library, Science, Industry and Business Library

                                    Lisa Duggan, Director, Director of Membership and Programming for In Good Company Co-working space for Women Entrepreneurs

                                    KL Fredericks, Director, Harlem US Export Assistance Center, US Dept. of Commerce/International Trade Administration


2:15 – 3:15                  Role of the IP Attorney

                                    Linda Shudy Lecomte, Partner, Kenyon and Kenyon

                                    Deborah Somerville, Partner, Kenyon and Kenyon

                                    Pina Campagna, Attorney at Law, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt


3:15 – 3:30                  Break


3:30 – 4:00                  IP Inspiration: Entrepreneurs who have put their IP to work

                                   Judy Kenny, Pandora’s Chest

                                   Brian Fried, Founder and Host of Got Invention Radio and Serial Inventor


4:00 – 5:00                 10 Mantras to Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Potential

                                   Claudia Chan, Founder S.H.E. Summit and S.H.E. Globl Medi