Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

The United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Office of Innovation Development presents the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

The symposium will focus on women inventors, entrepreneurs and the importance of intellectual property.

The symposium will offer networking opportunities with experts in the intellectual property field, as well as government and industry representatives who will help attendees gain insight into all facets of the patent process.

Registration is free and includes all conference sessions and materials. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-entrepreneurship-symposium-tickets-43102353299

For more information, contact us at oidevents@uspto.gov.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome / Day Overview
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Finding ideas in Everyday LifeLearn how an inventor thinks

  • Zandra Smith, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Understanding IP
What is it and why is it important

  • Zandra Smith, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Does my Idea Exist?
Know how and where to look for ideas that may or may not exist

  • Linda Kocis, Reference Librarian, Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Getting connected in the community
Finding opportunities in the community
for leadership and engagement with STEM programs

  • Ashley Earle, IP Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl Volunteer STEM Coordinator for Cincinnati
  • Chelsea Nuss, MOTAR Graduate with Docere 4 Parents
  • Jacqueline Diaz, Co-Founder, Inventors Council of Cincinnati
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Finding the resources to help protect your IP
Free government resources for inventors

  • Zandra Smith, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Commercialization and Manufacturing
Working to bring your product to Market

  • Matt Anthony, Director of First Batch
  • Thomas Dalziel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC), Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wrap Up