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Monday, May 15


Business First, Invent Second? Turning the Innovation Model on Its Head
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You can start a business around an innovative idea -- or should you establish your business first, then innovate? Let's explore the chicken-or-the-egg relationship between technological innovation and successful business in an interactive conversation that will stimulate the minds of new and established technologists alike. Discussion topics will include:
- Innovate first!...keeping the business end goals in mind
- Value of a patent for a startup?
- Process of growing a startup -- parallels to the process of obtaining a patent
- Stories from the field
- Process of invention: How does one go about inventing?

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Yoriko Morita

Director / Founder, Glider / Patents Integrated
Serial entrepreneur and founder of a thriving consulting business, a nonprofit, and soon my second LegalTech software company. Oh, and a mom, a wife, a professional cellist, a daughter, a sister, a friend, etc.

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Russ Krajec

CEO, BlueIron
Russ Krajec is the author of "Investing In Patents", which explains the patent process to angel and VC investors. The book has many best practices for startups, including strategies for getting and using patents in their business. Russ is the CEO of BlueIron IP, an investment company... Read More →
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Seth Miller

President, Heron Scientific, Inc.
Seth Miller is a technology leader, inventor, and entrepreneur.  His firm, Heron Scientific, Inc., assists both large and small clients in technology strategy, IP planning, and early stage innovation, and performs technical diligence for investors.  In his previous roles, Seth has... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


IP 101 for Entrepreneurs: Protecting Your Innovations and Your Business
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If you're starting a company and are new to intellectual property issues, this is the session for you. Learn about the different types of intellectual property and how they apply to different types of businesses and technologies. Get your questions answered by those in the know.

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Brent Johnson

Attorney, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
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Molly Kocialski

Deputy Director - Rocky Mountain Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Wednesday, May 17


The Patent Chart: Interactive learning game for fun and profit
Limited Capacity seats available

As you figure out your go to market strategy, protecting your ideas is important.
You think patent seminars are boring and mind-numbing?  This fun, interactive presentation will teach you about patents in two parts:

Part 1:  The Patent Chart is an easy-to-navigate map, which can help your company determine whether or not you should file for patent protection.  Attendees will be able to take home their own patent chart for future reference.

Part 2:  A multi-media presentation to teach you what makes a strong patent, using examples such as submarines and sea monsters. 

This isn't any ordinary patent seminar -- you'll be gaining valuable knowledge without any effort.  Come join us!


Eric Leininger

CEO, PatentDive
Eric Leininger holds a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology (Neuroscience) from Tulane University. He is also a USPTO-registered patent agent. He has over 10 years of hands-on programming experience in a variety of programming languages. Moreover, he has the unique perspective of being... Read More →

Thursday, May 18


I'm a Startup -- Do I Need IP?
Limited Capacity seats available

While your potential investors may be asking about your startup's Intellectual Property Strategy, let's talk about whether or not IP protection is appropriate for your type of company. We'll discuss how/whether IP may come into play as well as options for different types of companies such as:
1. Software
2. Hardware
3. Enterprise
4. Medical
5. Creative

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Inga Tamayo

Co-Founder/CEO, Verkko Biomedical
Co-Founder/CEO Verkko Biomedical

Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302


IP in a Collaborative Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-working spaces and accelerators are great for brainstorming!...and can also lead to some IP pitfalls. As you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams in the current collaborative environment, what steps do you need to ensure rights to your innovations? We'll discuss topics such as:
1. Accelerators and co-working and IP
2. Ethical issues in collaborating
3. IP considerations
4. Investor valuation views

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Kirstin Jahn

Attorney, Jahn & Associates, LLC
Kirstin works closely with her clients to ensure the strategy developed, whether for IP protection, management, licensing or litigation, is considerate of the client’s needs, finances and time. Working together with her client’s Kirstin provides a fresh perspective on effectively... Read More →
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Vanessa Otero

Patent Attorney, Neugeboren O'Dowd PC
I'm a patent and trademark attorney that works with startups in Boulder and Denver. People can talk to me about general IP issues and what they need to be considering for IP protection in their businesses.

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302