The inventors association of Connecticut (IACT) held its meeting last night via ZOOM, and it was very interesting. Eric B. Schultz talked about the history of innovation, with an emphasis on New England. It was good to see lots of inventors from Connecticut attend this meeting. To see more information about IACT, future meetings, and past meetings, go here.
I have been involved in a discussion with my fellow National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) members about Continuing Legal Education (CLE). This made me realize that I should inform you, my readers, that I attend yearly CLE’s on patents, trademarks and copyrights to stay on top of the latest legal issues in intellectual property. Further, I teach CLE’s related to intellectual property to attorneys through the Milford Bar Association. Please be assured that I am well versed in intellectual property, and I stay abreast on the latest legal developments in intellectual property!
UPDATE FROM MILFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION:
Effective immediately: All Adult Education classes have been suspended.
When the immediate threat of COVID-19 is over, we will be extending all of the classesto ensure everyone receives the amount of classes he/she has paid for. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, but our main concern is to ensure the health and well-being of all of our students.
I attended the Entrepreneurs Society – Eastern Fairfield County Chapter Meeting on January 28, 2020 at Haus Bridgeport. Vinnie Brand, the owner of the comedy club Stress Factory was one of the speakers. It turns out Vinnie Brand has purchased Haus Bridgeport, and plans on turning it into a new restaurant with his wife Vicki Brand. Vinnie talked about how he started the Stress Factory, and gave advice to the young entrepreneurs. Will Hamer, one of the owners of the new Bridgeport coffee and waffle shop, aptly named, Bean ‘n Batter was also one of the speakers. He also talked about how he started Bean ‘n Batter. I met some young entrepreneurs and talked to them about protecting their intellectual property with patents and trademarks. You can find more information about the Entrepreneurs Society here.
On March 19, and 26 at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm each night, I will be offering a course through Milford Adult Education on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for individual and small businesses. The class will be held and Jonathan Law High School, Room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT 06460. If you are a new inventor, or a small business owner who needs to understand about patents, trademarks and copryrights, this class if for you! You can find out more, and sign up 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 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 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.
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.