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Media Contact: Megan Ryan, Marketing & Events Director, 303.592.4069,

Colorado Technology Association CTA hosts Small Business Administration and U.S. Patent & Trade Office for Industry Briefing

Denver, CO(February 13, 2014) – The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) will host a panel discussion with members of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). A USPTO satellite office will open in Denver this summer.

What: The focus is threefold: (1) an update on the America Invents Act, (2) USPTO Outreach Efforts nationally and regionally to Colorado and (3) The White House Executive Actions on Patents.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Where: Herschner Room at Wells Fargo, 1700 Lincoln, Denver

Who: CTA members and media


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.

Mr. Tony Knight, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting)

Tony has served as Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development of the United States Patent and Trademark Office since June 2013. Prior to this position, he was Director and Supervisor of the Office of Petitions. He began with the USPTO in 1985. Tony attended George Mason University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1990 and then spent two years 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.

John J. Calvert, Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation Development
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.

RSVP: Via the online web registration here

Members of the media: RSVP to Megan Ryan at

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).

About Colorado Technology Association:The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state.The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit


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