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USPTO - Alexandria, VA

600 Dulany Street

Madison Auditorium

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional?

If so, join us for Invention-Con 2019, a free two-day annual conference on Friday and Saturday, September 13 – 14, 2019 at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

This year’s theme is “Leveraging Your Intellectual Property in the Marketplace.”

You’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn directly from successful inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners
  • Attend a variety of lecture sessions and workshops
  • Network with other attendees and presenters
  • Hear from senior USPTO officials and other IP experts

Pre-Conference Workshops will be available on Thursday, September 12 and require a separate registration and more information will be provided by email once details are confirmed.

For more information, email us at or call 571-272-8033.


“Leveraging Your Intellectual Property in the Marketplace”

Friday, September 13, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction/welcome
NaThanya Ferguson
Sean Wilkerson

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. USPTO leadership greetings
Laura Peter, Deputy Director of USPTO
Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks

9 – 9:45 a.m. Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights:
An overview of intellectual property
Gwendolyn Blackwell

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Free legal services:
Learn about law clinics and pro bono services offered to inventors
Jim Brookshire
Kiri Lee Sharon
David G. Henry
Moderator: John Kirkpatrick

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break/ Resource booths

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. We’re the government and we can help:

Learn about available resources from government that support inventors
Department of Defense (DoD), TBD
Small Business Administration (SBA), Nirav Rajpara
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), NaThanya Ferguson Moderator: Dennis Forbes

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch break (Go to the registration table for a list of dining options.)

1 – 2 p.m. Moving from inventor to an entrepreneur:
Learn about what inventors face when becoming entrepreneurs; from building your business plan to the importance of marketing.
Dara Trujillo
Howie Busch
Jose Colucci-Rios
Moderator: Elizabeth Dougherty

2 – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation
Kavita Shukla

3 – 3:30 p.m. Break / Resource booths Open

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Swim with the Sharks:
Learn how national exposure changes your business.
Aaron Tweedie
Krista Woods
Zach Brown
Moderator: Howie Busch

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Global Marketplace:
Learn about the USPTO intellectual property attaché program and how it helps inventors globally.
Dominic Keating
Dorian Mazurkevich
Elaine Wu
Moderator: Karin Ferriter

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. One-on-one assistance
(Sign up at the registration desk to meet 1-on1 with a patent examiner to get answers to your questions about filing a patent application and the patent examination process, limited appointments will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.)

5:30 – 6 p.m. Networking at resource booths

Saturday, September 14, 2019

8:45 – 9 a.m. Opening remarks
Len Tran
Dennis Forbes

9 – 10 a.m. We did it, you can too:
Learning from successful inventors
Ruth Young-Loaeza
Cedric Cobb
Mike Steele
Moderator: Robert Hodge

10 – 10:45 a.m. Target Funding:
Learn how to design a target funding roadmap
Kedma Ough , MBA

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Funding solutions for everyday inventors:
Learn about ways to fund your idea.
Lindsey Brooks
Dara Trujillo

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Branding yourself in today’s market:
Learn why your brand matters and how to make it grow.

Craig Morris
Mahe Rangareddy
Steven W. Heller
Moderator: Scott Baldwin

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break (A list of dining options is available at the registration desk.)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Licensing:
Understand why and when to license your ideas.
Steven W. Heller
Raymond Van Dyke
Moderator: Chris Katopis

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Protecting my intellectual property in a virtual market:
Learn how artificial intelligence is helping small business.
Daniel Shapiro
Steven Thrasher
Frank Cullen
Moderator: TBD

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Open question and answer with speakers
(This panel will be made-up of any speakers who wish to answer general questions from attendees about topics from the conference)

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to changes.

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