Invention-Con 2017

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Invention-Con 2017 is a free, two-day independent inventors’ conference to inform and equip inventors and small businesses with intellectual property know-how! Registration is currently closed.  For additional information, send an email to  Office of Innovation Development (OID) Events.

Invention-Con 2017, at USPTO headquarters, developed a comprehensive agenda where attendees may participate in plenary talks, join in topic specific, small-group breakout sessions, and hear from USPTO officials and experts who will present information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters and topics of interest to inventors and small businesses.  Review USPTO executives and other speaker and presenter biographies and related resources.

Patent-related Topics for Discussion

  • What are the different types of patent applications that can be filed?  And what are each useful for?
  • What are requirements for filing a patent application and how do I file electronically?
  • In a patent application, what are the requirements for the claims?  The drawings?
  • Do I need to search an invention before filing a patent application?  How do I do that?
  • How exactly does the patent examination process work?  And are there any resources to help me navigate it?

Trademark-related Topics for Discussion

  • What are the different types of trademark applications that can be filed?  And what are each useful for?
  • What are requirements for filing a trademark application and how do I file electronically?
  • How exactly does the trademark examination process work?  How about the trademark appeal process? And are there any resources to help me navigate these?

Agenda

Time (ET) Topic Speakers

Friday, August 11, 2017 

8:00-8:45

Registration and Resource Booths Open

 

Opening Plenary Session (Madison Auditorium)

8:45-8:55

Introductions

  • Robert Hodge 
8:55-9:00

Welcome

  • Mindy Bickel
9:00-10:00

High Level Overview of Intellectual Property 

  • Zandra Smith
Inventor Testimony, Regarding Patent & Trademark Application Processes 
  • Katharine Contag
10:00-10:45 Keynote: You’ve Got a Great Idea… What’s Next? 
  • Louis Foreman
10:45-11:15

Break and Resource Booths Open

 

Breakout Sessions (See Booklet for Location)
 
11:15-12:15

Topic 1 - Patent Basics

  • Jean Witz 
Topic 2 - Trademark Basics
  • Craig Morris
Topic 3 - Patents - How to Search Your Invention
  • Nick Jensen 
  • Robin Jackson 
Topic 4 - Trademark Website Resources and Tools
  • Colleen Kearney
Topic 5 -Filing for a Patent
  • Zandra Smith
  • Lisa Tran
Customer Focus Session 1 - How Can the USPTO Enhance Trademark Search and e-Filing Systems
 
  • Tanya Amos
  • Jill Wolf

Customer Focus Session 2 - Pro Se Assistance Program 
Highlights include:  What Services Are Helpful and What Services Are Needed

  • Robert Hodge
  • Darnell Jayne
Lunch
12:15-1:15

Lunch Break

  • See registration table for a list of dining options.
  • Consider taking your meal back to the Auditorium to network with other attendees. 
 
Plenary Session (Madison Auditorium)
1:15-2:15 Panel Discussion I – Resources and Tips
  • Ryan Donlon, Moderator
Inventor Groups and Licensing 
  • Warren Tuttle
Overcoming Hurdles with the Patent Application Process 
  • Pam Isom
Optimizing Meetings with an Attorney
  • Natalie Kadievitch
Patents & Trademark Assistance Resources
  • Lynne Wooden
2:15-3:00 Keynote - USPTO Commissioner for Patents
 
  • Drew Hirshfeld 
3:00-4:00 Panel Discussion II – Backyard Resources
  • Gwendolyn Blackwell, Moderator
Small Business Administration (SBA) 
  • Natalie Duncan
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Julius Maina
Small Business Administration (SBA) 
  • Nagesh Rao
Economic Development Administration (EDA) 
  • Eric Smith
USPTO Regional Offices
  • Molly Kocialski
4:00-4:30 Break and Resource Booths Open  
Breakout Sessions (See Booklet for Location)
4:30-5:30

Topic 1 - Patent Basics

  • Jean Witz 
Topic 2 - Trademark Basics
 
  • Craig Morris

Topic 3 - Patents - How to Search Your Invention

  • Nick Jensen 
  • Robin Jackson 
Topic 4 - Trademark Website Resources and Tools 
  • Colleen Kearney

Topic 5 - Common Mistakes when Filing a Patent Application, includng Filing Petitions 

  • Andrew Chriss
  • Janice Tippett
  • Namrata (Pinky) Boveja
Customer Focus Session 3 – When Should You Use the Patents Ombudsman Program?
 
  • Dale Shaw
  • Cassandra Downs
Customer Focus Session 4 – How to Increase Awareness of the Pro Bono Program?
  • John Kirkpatrick
  • Grant Corboy
5:30-6:30 One-on-One Assistance  
5:30-7:00 Network with PTO Experts, Resource Booths Open  

Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00-8:45 Registration  
8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks
  • NaThanya Ferguson
9:00-9:45 Panel - Young Inventor and Entrepreneurs 
  • Joyce Ward, Moderator

Inventor of “Tip Tough"

  • RJ Batts 
Inventors of “The Floodie” 
  • Caroline Maloney
  • Prasan Chari
  Young Maker/ Entrepreneur
  • Jacob Leggette
9:45-10:30 Keynote: Marketing your Invention
  • Lisa Ascolese, The Inventress
10:30-11:00 Break  

Breakout Sessions (See Booklet for Location)

11:00-12:00

Topic 1 - International Protection
Highlights include:  Paris Convention, PCT, Global Dossier, Madrid Protocol
, including Trademark International Protection

  • Robin Hylton
  • Debbie Lee
Topic 2 - Utility Patents- Claim Drafting Workshop
  • Jean Witz
  • Kara Geisel 
Topic 3 - Design Patent Application Drawing Requirements 
  • Susan Bennett Hattan
Topic 4 - Trademarks - Filing Requirements and How to File Online with TEAS 
  • Tanya Amos
Lunch
12:00-1:00

See registration table for a list of dining options.

 
1:00-2:00

Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Proceedings:  Appeals of Examiners’ Decisions and Trials

  • Jackie Bonilla
2:00-2:30 Break  

Breakout Sessions (See Booklet for Location)

2:30-3:30

Topic 1 - International Protection 
Highlights include:  Paris Convention, PCT, Global Dossier Madrid Protocol
, including Trademark International Protection

  • Robin Hylton
  • Debbie Lee
Topic 2 - The Patent Examination Process 
  • Jenny Wagner

Topic 3 - The Trademark Examination Process 

  • Michael Levy
Topic 4 - Litigation: Enforcing or Defending Your Rights - Patents and Trademarks 
  • Rob Rando
3:30-3:45 Break  
3:45-4:45 Panel - FREE Legal Services
  • John Kirkpatrick, Moderator
 Pro Bono Program 
  • James Patterson
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts 
  • Katie Wagner
Law School Clinics 
  • David Henry
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks
  • Mindy Bickel

Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs