Friday, March 11, 2011
USWCC Editor

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

Presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
March 11, 2011 - Alexandria, Virginia (DC Region)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Women's Chamber of Commerce will host a women’s entrepreneurship symposium Friday, March 11, focused on women entrepreneurs, the importance of intellectual property protection for their innovations, and how to drive economic growth for women-owned businesses.

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), chair of the Senate’s Small Business Committee, will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker. Additional confirmed speakers include newly-appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea and CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Margot Dorfman, as well as experts in intellectual property law, government leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

“Women-owned businesses make a significant impact on the U.S. economy and more attention needs to be given to identifying opportunities that support and encourage women to become entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration, 7.8 million firms were owned by women in 2007, accounting for almost 30 percent of all non-farm, privately held U.S. firms. Women-owned firms had total receipts of $1.2 trillion that year, and firms with paid employees employed 7.6 million workers.

The symposium will offer connections with experts in the intellectual property field as well as government and industry representatives, who will help attendees gain insight into all facets of the business cycle. Agenda topics include intellectual property in the global marketplace, strategies to leverage intellectual property assets, accessing financial resources, driving business growth by leveraging business relationships, and federal contracting. 

Friday, March 11, 2011
9:00 am Welcome and Main Session - 5:15 pm (check-in begins at 8:00 am)
5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Building Auditorium, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22313
Directions:  Map, Directions | Closest airport:  Reagan/DCA 

$31 for USWCC Members | $41 for Non-Members | Register Here


9:00 am  -  Welcome 
Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 

9:15 am  -  Welcome
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

9:20 am  -  Overview of the USPTO
Debbie Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks, USPTO
Peggy Focarino, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

10:00 am  -  Strategies to Leverage IP Assets to Increase Business Growth and Revenues
Mary Boney Denison, Manelli Denison & Selter, PLLC
Lori Greiner, For Your Ease Only, Inc.
Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph. D., Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

11:00 am  -  Break

11:15 am  -  Luncheon and Guest Speaker
Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, Louisiana 

12:45 pm  -  Financial Sources and Resources for Inventors/Entrepreneurs
Bridget Bean, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration 

1:30 pm  -  From Inventor to Entrepreneur:  Developing and Leveraging Business Relationships to Drive Growth
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

2:15 pm  -  Break

2:30 pm  -  Intellectual Property and Federal Contracting - Protecting Your IP Assets as a Federal Supplier
Scott Freling, Covington & Burling, LLP

3:15 pm  -  Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace
Courtney Gregoire, Director, National Export Initiative
Julia Anne Matheson, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner LLP 
Amy Salmela, Partner, Patterson Thuente IP 

4:15 pm  -  Symposium Town Hall Q & A
Select Symposium Speakers  

5:30 pm  -  Reception, all attendees and invited guests 

6:30 pm  -  Conclusion


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