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CTA Industry Briefing 2014 Kickoff
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CTA Industry Briefing 2014 Kickoff

A monthly series hosted in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Office of Information Technology that is focused on providing updates to activity, programs and trends for Colorado's technology industry.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:30am - 9:00am
Where: Wells Fargo Hershner Room
1700 Lincoln Denver
Denver, Colorado  80203
United States
Contact: Nissa Szabo

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Industry Collaboration Briefing: A Monthly Series

CTA hosts an Industry Collaboration Briefing (most months on the 1st Wednesday at 7:30am monthly) where we provide updates on activity, programs and trends in:

-Public policy related to building a technology and business friendly climate
-Talent pipeline, including STEM education & workforce development
-Business growth, including new market development, access to funding, etc.
- The technology, telecommunications, broadcasting, media, information and electronics sectors
For February, we will have a rich discussion with Dr. Winslow Sargent, the Chief Counsel of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration (SBA), to discuss federal regulatory policy affecting small business entrepreneurs; including workforce development, crowdfunding issues and infrastructure development.  Joining Dr. Sargeant will be several senior officials from the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). CTA is very excited about the USPTO satellite office opening this summer. Join us to learn about the resources they have for you and your business.
The focus is threefold:
1. Update on the America Invents Act
2. USPTO Outreach Efforts nationally and regionally to Colorado 
3. The White House Executive Actions on Patents

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is the sixth Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, appointed by President Obama August 19, 2010. The Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government with a mission of encouraging policies that support small business start-up, growth, and development.

As chief counsel, Dr. Sargeant directs Advocacy’s operations, which include conducting research on the U.S. small business sector, advocating for small businesses within the federal government’s agencies and rule making processes, reaching out to regional and state small business advocates and policymakers, and fostering public awareness of small business contributions and concerns.

Dr. Sargeant sees the entrepreneurial spirit as uniquely American and as a path to wealth and job creation—a thread that runs through his life story. Most recently, he served as managing director of Venture Investors, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin. The firm provided seed and early-stage money to high-potential health care and IT companies. There, he specialized in computer software, hardware, and materials, and worked with technology transfer offices.

The chief counsel brings to his advocacy role years of experience as a federal partner to small firms. From 2001 to 2005, he was program manager in electronics for the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, while also serving as adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The NSF is one of the federal agencies with the largest extramural research and development budgets that are required in the SBIR program to dedicate a portion of their awards to small firms.

 Mr. Tony Knight, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting)
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Tony is a graduate of Drexel University, where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. Upon graduation he joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an examiner in the technology of pipe fittings. While working at the USPTO, Tony attended George Mason University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1990. From 1990 until 1992, he was in private practice. Tony has prosecuted applications for various technologies throughout the USPTO. In 1992, Tony returned to the USPTO. After achieving the grade of primary examiner, he was promoted to Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1998 and has supervised examiners in such diverse fields as hinges and hardware to computer controls. In 2007 he was named to the position of Supervisor in the Office of Petitions and in March 2010 he became Director of the Office of Petitions. In June 2013, he was asked to serve as the Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development.

John J. Calvert, Senior Advisor
Office of Innovation Development, United States Patent and Trademark Office

John’s responsibilities as senior advisor in the Office of Innovation Development include overseeing inventor, small business, and university outreach initiatives. Following passage of the America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO made outreach and education a high priority due to the increased interest in intellectual property from the business and academic communities. John is also the administrator for the Inventors Assistance Program. As administrator, he has helped create inventor assistance through pro bono and pro se initiatives both inside the USPTO and through working with universities and bar organizations.

John previously served as the Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development. His responsibilities included developing ways to increase the USPTO presence in the independent inventor, small business and entrepreneurial communities; increasing opportunities for new patent holders to access assistance beyond the patent system; and direct responsibility for pro bono initiatives and the Ombudsman program prescribed in the AIA. He also served as acting director for the Office of Independent Inventor Programs and has worked on various details and work assignments during his career at the USPTO.

This briefing is organized by the Industry Collaboration Office, a public-private collaboration led by CTA in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

This is a FREE event for CTA subscribing members and $50 for non-members to attend.

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