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Invention-Con 2020

August 20 @ 12:00 pm - August 22 @ 5:30 pm

Invention-Con 2020 is the annual conference for inventors, makers and entrepreneurs.

Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional? If so, mark your calendars now for Invention-Con 2020, coming Thursday – Saturday, August 20 – 22. This year’s theme is “Your IP: A power tool for building success.”

Tune in live each day of Invention-Con 2020 using the following links:

Thursday, August 20, 12-5:30 p.m. ET: https://rev-vbrick.uspto.gov/#/events/bada519a-be39-4860-b2cb-7a0b4e9f31c7

Friday, August 21, 12-5:30 p.m. ET: https://rev-vbrick.uspto.gov/#/events/b6ac1e06-655f-418b-8486-39412a64d976

Saturday, August 22, 12 -5:30 p.m. ET: https://rev-vbrick.uspto.gov/#/events/4854e805-c7eb-4dcb-9b9b-d411773426bb

At Invention-Con 2020, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn how to use your IP to achieve success from accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners
  • Learn about resources available to assist you throughout the innovation ecosystem
  • Receive valuable information to assist with developing an IP strategy from IP and business experts
  • This program will be done all online via WebEx.

Invention-Con 2020 agenda

(Check for updates as the event date approaches)

View the speaker bios and download the full program.

Thursday, August 20 (all times ET)

12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Introduction

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO

12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Leadership welcome

  • Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

12:15 – 1:10 p.m. Understanding the patent examination process

  • Patrick Nolan, Training and Development Program Manager, Office of Patent Training, USPTO
  • Leonard Chang, Academy Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

1:15 – 2:10 p.m. Filing a provisional application

  • Sudhanshu Pathak, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

2:10 – 3:10 p.m. Break

3:15 – 4:10 p.m. Best practices for filing a successful patent application

  • Janice Tippett, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing, USPTO

4:15 – 5:10 p.m. Applying for a trademark

  • Matt Schwab, Staff Attorney for Electronic Filing and Public Web Services, USPTO

5:10 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap up and reminders

Friday, August 21

12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Introduction

  • Dennis Forbes, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO

12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Leadership welcome

  • Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

12:15 – 1:10 p.m. Government resources

  • Wayne Stacy, Director of the Silicon Valley Regional USPTO, moderator
  • Craig Buerstatte, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration
  • Joann Hill, Chief, Office of Business Development Minority Business Development Agency
  • George Koklanaris, Associate Administrator Small Business Development Centers, office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration

1:15 – 2:10 p.m. Building your business model

  • Corinne Hodges, CEO, Association of Women’s Business Council, moderator
  • Mike Watts, CEO of LoveHandle
  • Ira Carl Wolpart, Attorney, SCORE

2:10 – 3:10 p.m. Break

3:15 – 4:10 p.m. Building a virtual business

  • David Sardi, Founder, DineroHispano, moderator
  • Andrew Baluch Co-Founder of Markup LLC
  • Ramona Ortega, CEO & Founder of My Money My Future
  • David Toledo, Director of Product Development, Thrasio

4:15 – 5:10 p.m. Keynote

  • Sam Zaid, CEO and Founder of Getaround

5:10 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap up and reminders

Saturday, August 22

12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Introduction

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Manager, USPTO

12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Leadership welcome

  • David S. Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks, USPTO

12:15 – 1:10 p.m. Building your network for success

  • Bismarck Myrick, Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO, moderator
  • Miguel Alemañy, Founder at Innomatrix, LLC; Chair of the Board SHPE
  • Harry Alford, III, Co-Founder of Humble Ventures
  • Nina Archie, Diversity and Tech Policy Advisor, The Commercializer

1:15 – 2:10 p.m. Market research/Know your customer

  • Warren Tuttle, President, United Inventors Association, moderator
  • Brandon Andrews, Co-Founder, Gauge
  • LaKisha Greenwade, Brand Strategist, Wearable Tech Ventures Founder
  • Lyndsey Maddox, Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing

2:10 – 3:10 p.m. Break

3:15 – 4:10 p.m. Building your pitch

  • Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, moderator
  • Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Ventures
  • Scott Hynd, Co-Founder, Performance
  • Dr. Heather Metcalf Chief Research Officer, Association for Women in Science, Project Director, STEM to Market (S2M)

4:15 – 5:10 p.m. Understanding licensing

  • Dana Colarulli, Executive Director, Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), moderator
  • David Fedewa, Founder, Invent Tribe
  • Bob Held, Held Intellectual Property, LLC
  • Robin Rasor, Executive Director of Licensing, Duke

5:10 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap up and reminders

Invention-Con is presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Innovation Outreach

For more information, or questions about Invention-Con, email InventionCon@uspto.gov. You can learn more about past Invention-Cons at our Invention-Con program webpage.


August 20 @ 12:00 pm
August 22 @ 5:30 pm


The United States Patent and Trademark Office
Invention-Con 2020