Monday, September 25th from 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Spaces Co-Working (2301 Blake Street)
Intellectual Property is right for many businesses. But is it right for yours?
Join us for a panel of some of Denver’s notable up-and-coming entrepreneurs and Denver local USPTO Director Molly Kocialski.
Come prepared to listen to years of experience and perspective in this interactive session with our panelists. Learn about successful business intellectual property decisions, missteps, and what they might do differently.
Learn more about our panelists:
Director, Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Ms. Kocialski brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc., where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.
About the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.
CEO, Levo Oil Infusion
Chrissy has managed a variety of people and projects at Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she held a leading go-to-market strategy and commercialization role. With a passion for avoiding chemicals and processed foods, Chrissy realized the opportunity for LEVO early on. She has driven and self-funded the development since inception in 2011, and has a deep understanding of LEVO’s customer base.
Co-founder and Vice President of Product, Accurence
Zachary Labrie is Accurence’s Vice President of Product and co-founded the company in 2010. He is a pioneer of homeowner claim guideline management software, which enables automated adjusting and quality assurance for insurance carriers. Zack is responsible for team development, product strategy, intellectual property as a product, and product marketing. The USPTO has granted 3 patents based on his inventions within the insurance claims automation space and he has additional applications pending.
Zack co-founded his first startup in 2006, Lautriv, which standardized homeowner insurance claim documentation at the loss site paving the way for guideline standardization and automated scoping. At Lautriv, he was responsible for overseeing operations, which included developing technology-enabled services, deployment strategies, and building quality control into the company’s systems. Prior to founding these companies, Zack held various positions at telecommunications startup companies in the DC Metro area.
The combination of these experiences has led to Zack helping Fortune 500 companies innovate their operations processes gaining valuable insights in change management, leadership, and successfully applying technology in complex organizations. Zack earned a business management information systems degree and an MBA in IT management from Shenandoah University in 2003 and resides in the Boulder-Denver metro area.
Partner, Lewis Brisbois
Ian Walsworth is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice. Ian counsels clients on a wide range of issues concerning their intellectual property, including patent procurement, trade secrets, licensing, trademarks, and copyright. He regularly represents startups and early stage companies in acquiring IP and prepares domestic and foreign patent applications in diverse technology groups, including medical devices, software, and business processes.
Ian is a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, who has experience practicing in numerous Federal Courts, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in USPTO proceedings.
About Lewis Brisbois:
Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 1,100 attorneys and 42 offices in 26 states. Our national practice is sophisticated, multi-faceted, and well-versed in current legal trends, while our individual state practices provide vast resources and knowledge of procedural and legal nuances.
Owner, Weston Snowboards
Leo Tsuo is a entrepreneur that believes in creating businesses that are in line with his values and interests. Leo has an MBA from the University of Denver and a BS in Business from the University of Boulder. He is an avid snowboarder, split-boarder, ski-mountaineer, snowmobiler, and break dancer.
In 2006, he start up a company to manufacture raw materials for the solar energy industry. He helped to commercialize an innovative, patented technology that reduced the cost of crystalline silicon solar, the prevailing technology used in solar energy production. He also worked with customers to create and enable innovative processes for ingot manufacturing which further helped to reduce the cost of solar energy.
Currently, Leo is the owner and operator Weston Snowboards, a local Colorado company that makes high performance snowboards and splitboards. He is responsible for board development where he is currently working to innovate board technology to optimize performance.
Patent Analyst, BOA Systems
Bobby Dickensheets is a Patent Analyst at Boa Technology. Bobby has been working in the Product Management team at Boa for over two years managing Boa’s IP portfolio, assisting in formulating Boa’s patent strategy, and monitoring competitive product. He graduated from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Bobby started his career working as a paralegal for several law firms in the Denver area before being hired by Boa in the summer of 2015.
The BOA System started with one big idea – to replace traditional shoelaces in snowboard boots with a faster, more convenient method of lacing up. BOA’s patented system consists of three integral parts: a micro adjustable dial, super strong lightweight laces, and low friction lace guides. Each unique configuration is engineered to optimize fit and provide precision, adaptability, and control.
- Total active patent applications (worldwide): 159
- Issued: 79
- Pending: 80
- 7 marks filed in 40 countries
Moderator: Justin R. Cruz, Esq.
Intellectual Property Attorney, Rocky Mountain Patent
Rocky Mountain Patent is a Denver patent law firm that helps inventors, startups, and entrepreneurs transform their concepts into companies.
Justin focuses on helping client’s intellectual property needs from the early stages of developing a strategy to obtain protection for clients, determining the appropriate avenues needed to protect clients’ IP assets, and advising clients with strategies in asserting their rights.
Justin’s experience includes resolving disputes arising from intellectual property rights, including utility patents, design patents, trade dress, and copyrights. Justin’s experience ranges from enforcement of clients’ patent rights through litigation, defending against allegations of design patent and trade dress infringement, and challenging the validity of patents through Post-Grant Proceedings before the United States Patent Office. As a registered patent attorney, Justin also assists clients with the process of obtaining patents, working with clients in the agricultural industry, oil and gas industry, and in the software field.
Justin uses his experience and understanding of the process of obtaining intellectual property rights and how those rights are enforced to assist clients develop strategies to achieve their business goals.
Justin is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!