Because we were able to secure such an excellent speaker we decided to combine our meetups this month and have Jon speak at the Juice Tank in Somerset which is a much larger venue.
Have an idea for a new product, business, or technology? Some say that now is the “golden age for inventors.” Currently there are opportunities that did not exist years ago for funding, prototyping and marketing inventions. Crowd-sourcing web sites such as Kickstarter.com and Quirky.com can make funding and development much easier than in the past. New and exciting technologies such as three dimensional printing are revolutionizing the prototyping and manufacturing processes. Many inventors currently forgo the traditional route of trying to get their products on the shelves of large retailers (which can be difficult) in favor of opening their own online store.
Before doing anything, inventors should familiarize themselves with the current intellectual property laws (which include patents, trademarks, and copyrights). Many pitfalls await the inexperienced inventor. For example, publicly disclosing an invention in some circumstances can prevent you from getting a patent.
This lecture will cover topics including: How to know if an idea is original, what to do with an idea, what does it cost to get a patent, what are the requirements for getting a patent, what steps can be taken before and after a patent application is filed, will a patent make you rich, is it a good idea to submit an idea to a crowd-sourcing web site, what about trademarks and copyrights, and many others. You will also have plenty of time to ask questions.
Jon Muskin is a patent attorney who has been practicing for over fifteen years and works with many inventors and start-ups throughout the country. Mr. Muskin is also an entrepreneur himself who is a named inventor on over 25 issued patents. Mr. Muskin is a founding partner of Muskin & Cusick LLC, an intellectual property law firm located in the greater Philadelphia area.
The second Speaker will be:
Patrick Lefler is the founder of The Spruance Group; a pricing advisory firm that helps growing companies grow faster and dramatically increase profits through smarter pricing strategies and execution. He is a former Marine Corps officer, a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Academy and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has held leadership positions at a number of different firms including Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Wall Street Systems. He is a member of InnovationNJ, a coalition of New Jersey’s leading businesses, trade associations and universities who share a commitment to fostering and encouraging innovation throughout the state. Patrick also serves as an advocate and mentor to returning veterans in conjunction with American Corporate Partners.
Patrick's talk: Keeping the 'free' out of freemium - how to turn free users into paying customers
Are you a Start up, an Entrepreneur or do you offer a unique service or product?
We are accepting suggestions for presenters as well as scheduling for the months ahead.
Future events (fourth Wednesday of every month) will follow a similar format but will include a Featured Presenter.