I will be attending the Entrepreneurship Foundation next event tomorrow which will be the 23rd Connecticut Business Conference and Competition. The event will be held on December 6, 2019 at Gateway College, Room N100, New Haven CT. There will be $20,000 in startup grants and $5,000 in startup services. The event will have A. BUSINESS CONCEPT ELEVATOR PITCH; B. GLOBAL STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD; C. INNOVATION CHALLENGE; and D. DESIGNER and DEVELOPER COMPETITIONS and EXHIBITIONS. More information can be found here.
I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting tomorrow night, November 26, 2019 at Fairfield University. Game and Toy inventor Mary Ellroy will be presenting on “Licencing Your Game and Toy Inventions”. Mary will talk about investigating the successful ideation and go-to-market strategy that she used. of a serial inventor and former IACT President, Mary Ellroy. Mary Ellroy has been in the toy business since 1990, and is an inventor of toys and games and an agent for toy and game inventors. She comes to toy invention with a corporate marketing background. She received an MBA from the Boston College School of Management (now the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.) Past positions included a Director position at a Fortune 50 company, a vice presidency/ownership position in a newspaper advertising firm, and various advertising and media positions. Her creative accomplishments in consumer marketing inspired her to turn that creativity to toys and games. More information on the meeting can be found here.
I will be attending the Entrepreneurs Society – Eastern Fairfield County Chapter in Bridgeport on Nov 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT. The meeting will include: Discussions with investors, attorneys, and industry experts in small groups around topics of common interest; plus one-on-one mentoring. Pizza and Salad will be provided. To sign up or learn more, go here.
I attended the October 25, 2019 meeting of IACT at Fairfield University where Professor Robert Langer of MIT spoke. Professor Langer gave a wonderful talk about his successes in combining engineering with medical treatment and cures. In general, he was one of the first to combine the use of medicines in biodegradable plastics as a way to transmit medicines to humans. Professory Langer has an incredible 1360 issued patents and pending applications in his name! More information can be found here.
I would like to congratulate my University of Connecticut IP Clinic clients on receiving their patent on a “System and method for issuing, authenticating, storing, retrieving, and verifying documents”. Eli and Liwen Yaacoby were the inventors and their company Wymsical, Inc. of Greenwich, CT, is the owner of the patent. The patent can be seen here. These type of patents can be very difficult to get, since they deal with business methods after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208 (2014).
Today I presented at a SCORE Pre-Business workshop. SCORE provides expert mentoring and education to thousands of startup and existing businesses. My topic was Legal Considerations for Small Businesses. The next local SCORE Pre-Business workshop is November 13, 2019 at Gateway Community College in New Haven. More information can be found here.
I will be presenting “What Attorneys should Know about Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights” to the Milford Bar Association for CLE credit. The presentation will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 3 PM to 5 pm at the Irish Heritage Society Building, located at 131 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT 06460.
If you are a Milford Bar Association member, and want to attend, please RSVP with Erica Wikstrom at Erica@mwbatlaw.com.
If you want to join the Milford Bar Association, go here for more information.
I will be presenting at the Entrepreneurs Society of Fairfield County monthly networking and mentoring event on Thursday, September 17, 2019 at Housatonic College, Beacon Hall – 2nd Floor, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
I will be talking about HOW TO PROTECT YOUR IDEAS! The schedule for the meeting is:
5:30 pm Networking — Pizza and salad
6:00 pm Keynoter Atty Michael Blake on how to protect your idea
6:30 pm Elevator pitches by attendees (optional)
7:00 pm Discussions with investors, attorneys, and industry experts in small groups around topics of common interest; plus one-on-one mentoring. Sample topics: Marketing, Raising capital, Business Modeling, Patents and trademarks, Lanunching lean. To 7:30 pm.
For more information, and to sign up go here.
I would like to congratulate my client Eirik Skeid. Mr. Skeid recently obtained a design patent for his Storage and transport container invention. Mr. Skeid is the CEO of SHARKCAGE with offices in San Antonio, TX, and Oslo, Norway. SHARKCAGE makes and sells containers for shipping equipment, such as military equipment. For more information on SHARKCAGE, go here. You can see the patent here.
I am teaching a course on “Commercializing your Invention” through Milford Adult Education. You have an invention, now what? Topics to be covered include: can I make money with this invention, when to monetize, investors, do I need a prototype, how to license my invention and more. The course will be offered on September 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Jonathan Law High School, room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT. For more information go here.
Please register up ahead of time here.