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.
I had a great time at the last night’s kickoff meeting of the Entrepreneurs Society of Eastern Fairfield County. I met with a bunch of entrepreneurs. Many of them asked me about patents, trademarks and copyrights. More information about this group can be found here.
I attended the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting last night at Fairfield University. Warren Tuttle was the speaker, and it was a great presentation! Warren serves as the President of the United Inventors Association. He also is a member of the national non-profit Pro Bono Patent Commission. Professionally, Warren oversees the Open Innovation outside product programs for three industry leading companies: Lifetime Brands in Housewares and Table Top (Farberware, Kitchen Aid and 30 others), Techtronics Industries Power Tool Group in Power Tools and Hardware (Ryobi, Ridgid, Hart and others) and Merchant Media in Direct Response Television (Smart Spin, True Touch and many others). Warren personally interacts through email or phone with over 5,000 inventors a year and has initiated over100 new product licensing agreements which have collectively generated a billion $ in retail sales.
Warren’s topic was licensing, and told stories of his licensing deals on behalf of his clients, but he also talked about various products he helped clients develop and monetize. Very interesting. Warren’s website can be found here.
Do you have a startup? Are you thinking of starting a startup? Sign up for the Entrepreneurship Foundation Business Accelerator happening September 21-22, 2019.
Some details of the Business Accelerator include:
o Three weekends over 3 months jam-packed with workshops and coaching
o Daily feedback sessions to keep teams on track
o Guiding startups from idea to business model, through customer and investor pitches
o Help with business models, sales, e-marketing, and more
o Barbecues, downtime with the coaches, networking and FUN!
Whatever stage your startups is at, the Entrepreneurship Foundation will work to help you accelerate your startup’s chances of business and fundraising success.
The Program is underwritten by the state of Connecticut; full scholarship for all sessions will be awarded to accepted entrepreneurs and teams. You only need to register for the first session: Sat-Sun September 21-22, and the Entrepreneurship Foundation will automatically register you for the second session, the weekend of October 19-20. The Entrepreneurship Foundation will survey the participants to select the most convenient date for the final session in November. For more information and to register, go here.
The Entrepreneurs Society of Fairfield County is holding its inaugural meeting on August 6, 2019 at the Brewport Pub, 225 South Frontage Road, Bridgeport, CT. I will be a mentor at at the meeting!
The proposed schedule for the meeting is as follows:
5:00 pm Networking
5:30 pm Pizza and salad
6:00 pm Keynoter Bob Dorf, investor-entrepreneur and author of the best-selling Startup Owner’s Manual.
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, Lean manufacturing design. To 7:30 pm.
The cost to sign up is $10 which covers dinner, all the pizza and salad you can eat plus a drink ticket. More information and registration info can be found here.