- James O. Wilson, United States Patent and Trademark Office
James O. Wilson, Assistant Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office will present a program on how intellectual property plays a role in advancing your business through patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The program will also look at advanced topics in patents including the patent process, international considerations, and micro- and small-entity status for inventors and business. Mr. Wilson has over 25 years experience working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, working as a patent examiner in several areas, as an instructor in the Office of Patent Training and working with the Office of the Commissioner for Patents.
- Branch of the Tree - Patent Attorney with a Marketing Expert
Speakers Brian Harrod and J.D. Sanders will talk "Branch of the Tree". It's about how Patents, Trademarks and Marketing successfully work together. Brian Harrod is a patent attorney at Moxon & Associates and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Toledo. Brian also earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Toledo, specializing in Intellectual Property Law. J.D. Sanders has over 50 years helping clients bring their products to market. J.D. enjoys private flying and is an watercolor artist. Doors open at 5:30 pm for networking. "Branch of the Tree" talk will start at 6 pm. Informative Q & A session at the end. Please RSVP.
- January Meeting, Peter Ryerson, Chairman, SCORE
This months meeting will feature Peter Ryerson from SCORE. Peter will talk about SCORE, their mentoring and counseling services and the many classes and workshops they offer to inventors and small business owners. Doors open at 5:30 for networking and refreshments. Meeting begins at 6:00pm.
- Holiday Party at Akron Public Library
This month's meeting of the Akron Inventors Club will feature a holiday party. Bring your ideas for future speakers and help us celebrate as we close in on three years of the Akron Inventors Club. Remember this is your club! Partying starts 5:30 pm and will be held in the Microbusiness Center, located on the first floor of main library. We'll have lots of your favorite holiday refreshments such as festive punch, tasty local pizza, Jimmy Johns gourmet sandwiches, cupcakes and much more. Please RSVP so we'll know how much food to order in advance.
- Mike Starkey, Principal Engineer, Enventys Partners
Mike Starkey from Eventys Partners will talk about product Marketing and Commercializing. Getting your idea/product out there can be a major hurdle for an inventor or small business. Mike is a biomechanical engineer who has extensive experience working with medical related devices, especially in the areas of prosthetics and surgical aids. He will share his expertise and warn us of some of the common pitfalls inventors may face. Eventys Partners is a product marketing and developing company that helps turn ideas into products and get them into the marketplace. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity! Doors open at 5:30 for networking. Mike Starkey will start his presentation at 6 pm. Please RSVP.
- Paul Etzler - Accounting for Inventors
As a startup business, keeping track of your financials is critical for attracting inventors and potential partners. This leads to the most important thing for a startup company - maximizing your business value. Paul Etzler will talk about General Accounting, Taxes and Business Valuation showing what to focus on and how to avoid common pitfalls. Paul Etzler, CPA, CGMA, GACP is a business advisor and entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable business practices and innovation. As a CPA, he chairs the Skoda Minotti (http://skodaminotti.com) Life Sciences and Innovation Group; as an entrepreneur, he is an owner and principal of Deconstruction Management, a sustainable demolition and reclamation company. Paul is on the Board of Directors of USGBC - Ohio; on the Board of The ReUse People of America – Ohio; member of Cleveland State Univ. Corporate Roundtable for Sustainability, and is a Muldoon Partner in the Business School at John Carroll University. Doors open at 5:30 for networking. William Landess will start his presentation at 6 pm. Please RSVP.
- EbaNee Bond, Bounce Innovation Hub
EbaNee Bond will talk about Bounce Innovation Hub, the region’s first open innovation hub serving Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. She will also talk about the many resources such as their Incubation Program and the Bit Factory that local inventors will find helpful on their inventive journey.
- William Landess - Business Insurance for Inventors
William Landess will be the featured speaker at the August meeting of the Akron Inventors’ Club. He will focus on coverage for inventors and small business owners. William has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry. Since 2001, he has developed a focus on innovation and developed niche programs for under-served industries. He is a partner at Carriage Insurance located in Hudson, Ohio. Doors open at 5:30 for networking. William Landess will start his presentation at 6 pm. Please RSVP.
- Intellectual Property Attorney Elyse Ball - Startup Protection for Inventors
Elyse Ball will give us an overview of the University of Akron Research Foundation, what it is, as well as her experience working with startup companies. As a practicing patent attorney, she will also talk to us about the importance of Intellectual Property protection for inventors. She will discuss how to be prepared as an inventor to get to that next level in the invention process as well as an informative Q & A session at the end. Doors open at 5:30 for networking. Elyse Ball will start her presentation at 6 pm. Please RSVP.
- Bearacade, an inventors story by Bill Cushwa
Bill Cushwa Founder / CEO / Inventor National School Control Systems, LLC Bill Cushwa is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years experience driving organizational improvement and implementation of best practices, particularly in the area of sales, fundraising and client/customer/donor relations. Unique blend of hands-on corporate expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset. Virginia Tech University became the scene of a gruesome bloodbath. Five years later, the Newtown, Connecticut shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School resulted in mass casualties of administrators, teachers, schoolchildren, and others. Since the Columbine High School shootings, there have been more than 100 attacks on schools in the United States alone. Every week and almost daily, a school, office, or government operation somewhere around the globe comes under attack from a new form of domestic terrorism: the active shooter. The inability to quickly and effectively barricade classrooms and offices in these situations and other active shooter incidents led Bill Cushwa and Dave Soulsby to take action. The friends developed a new door-barricading device, formed National School Control Systems, and patented Bearacade as a way to give our most vulnerable a better chance. NSCS leads with its own unique, patent-pending device, the Bearacade Door Control System, but also provides Emergency Operation Planning way finder sign systems, distributes ballistic-grade glass panels, and works with current and former first responders in developing possible new solutions. For additional information visit www.doorbearacade.com Doors open at 5:30 for networking. Bill Cushwa will start his presentation on Bearacade at 6 pm. Please RSVP.