Cincinnati entrepreneurs: Learn valuable IP basics

If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or inventor, you won't want to miss this free opportunity to learn about the basics of intellectual property (IP). There is no fee to register, but space is limited. Learn more and register early.

Panel discussions with academics, IP practitioners, and USPTO representatives will cover patent application readiness, 101 guidelines, and a general overview of how IP relates to business and entrepreneurship.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • James O. Wilson, Assistant Regional Director, Midwest Regional USPTO
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Entrepreneurship and IP

  • Rodney Williams, Co-Founder and CCO, LISNR
  • David Rogers, President, Time Timer LLC
11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Patent and Trademark Clinic, UC School of Law

  • Steven J. Goldstein, Esq. Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Lori Krafte, Esq. Wood Herron Evans LLP
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

  • Linda Kocis, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

USPTO Patent Wednesday (Livestream from Midwest Regional USPTO)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.Break for Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Attorney Panel on Patents and Trademarks

  • Moderator: Linda Kocis, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
  • J. Dwight Poffenberger Jr., Partner, Wood Herron & Evans LLP
  • Vance VanDrake, III, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP and Author of The Patent Game
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

University of Cincinnati Office of Innovation

  • Geoffrey Pinski, J.D., Director of Technology Transfer
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Small business Administration

  • Nicole Pickard, Public Affairs Specialist
3:30 p.m.Closing Remarks

USPTO personnel will stay and answer questions until 4:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the Midwest Regional USPTO at 313-446-4800 or

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