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.
I will be presenting an overview of Intellectual Property to the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) on July 25, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the WBDC, located at 412 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT 06418. I will explain the basics of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. There is still time to signup and the cost is free! More information and signup information can be found here.
Today I made an impromptu trip to MakeHaven in New Haven. A member, John, was working there and gave me a quick tour of their 5000 sqft facility. They have all sorts of tools and machinery that members can use, such as a working kitchen, homebrew area, quilting frame and CNC quilter, GNC router, injection molder, and of course 3D printers, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a very impressive makerspace. The operations manager Kath showed up, and we had a very nice chat. More information can be found here.
Last night I taught the 2nd night of my two-night class: “Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for the Inventor and Small Businesses”. The 2nd night we discussed international patent applications, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The students had great questions about all the subjects.
Be on the look out for an announcement regarding my class in the Fall of 2019 on “Commercializing your Invention”. Soon, you can find information on my blog, or at the Milford Adult Education website.
The USA is still innovating like crazy. 2018 had the 2nd highest number of issued patents. 2017 is still the no. 1 spot! Graphs can be seen here.