8 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Session I | Protecting Innovations In The US
This session provides panel speakers from industry and from the US Patent Office to explore the viability of US Patents in today’s global market and perspectives on how and why companies still protect ideas with US Patents. The discussion will focus on candid views from business leaders with commentary from the US Patent Office regarding their practices that inevitably drive the quality and scope of patents that are granted.
Mollybeth Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Region U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Joseph P. Markham, Chief Executive Officer, the KONG Company, LLC
Brynmor Rees, Director, Technology Transfer Office, University of Colorado, Boulder
Moderated by: Brent Johnson, Partner, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
9:20 – 9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Session II | Issues Impacting Valuation
Whether your company is positioning itself for its first round of financing or contemplating an exit event, valuation of the enterprise is likely to be the most important deal point you encounter. On the theory that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we’ve put together a panel of industry participants to discuss common issues that can adversely impact a company’s valuation during a transaction with the hope of helping your company steer clear of similar pitfalls.
Scott Friar, Managing Partner, Peak 5 Capital
Adams Price, President, EKS&H
Dave Harris, Director of Operations, Rockies Venture Club
Steven T. Joanis, CEO, PlanetIQ, Inc.
Moderated by: Patrick Perrin, Partner, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Session III |Round Table Discussion: Managing Innovations
In this session, we will focus on the broad challenges facing innovative companies in Colorado given the state of our current economy. Our expert panel will provide insights on innovation property procurement, enforcement, patent trolls, leveraging innovation property in the marketplace, how to translate research into innovation property and insights into Colorado as a hub for innovation.
Kevin O’Hara, Founder & Executive Chairman, Congruex
Jeff Newton, In-House Counsel, Broadcom
Andrew Cousin, CEO, Circle Graphics
Stephen S. Miller, Commercialization Network Liaison, CU Technology Transfer Office
With special remarks from Clif Harald, Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council