Colorado Technology Association CTA hosts Small Business Administration and U.S. Patent & Trade Offi
Friday, February 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Megan Ryan, Marketing & Events Director, 303.592.4069, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
RSVP: Via the online web registration here
Members of the media: RSVP to Megan Ryan at email@example.com.
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 ColoradoTechnology.org.