INPEX Inventor Resource Center Schedule

Below you will find a schedule of participants for the INPEX Inventor Resource Center. Each of these invention professionals and industry experts will be available for one-on-one meetings with INPEX exhibitors. Please be sure to check back often, as Inventor Resource Center participants are updated on a regular basis.

2016 Resource Center Schedule


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 

Michelle Lisa & Justin Lesko

Esquires, The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd.

The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is a unique patent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the fields of patent procurement, licensing, and enforcement.  We utilize the skills of a select group of experienced co-counsel and experts to give our clients the highest level of service possible.  The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is one of the few firms in the country that actively represents clients in patent enforcement programs on a contingent fee basis.  By doing so, we can represent individual inventors and start-up companies who otherwise would not be able to successfully license or enforce their inventions.  Please visit our website, www.PatentIt.com for more information about the services our firm provides. 

Justin Lesko is a registered patent attorney licensed in the state of Illinois and admitted before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Michelle Lisa is a licensing and litigation attorney licensed in the state of Illinois.  Both Mr. Lesko and Ms. Lisa have experience working with clients to devise creative solutions for all aspects of their invention: from patent prosecution, to licensing, and if necessary, litigation.    

 

Andrea H. Evans 

Esquire, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC Intellectual Property

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. launched the intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC. Attorney Evans career path is unique since she worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a Patent Examiner and a Trademark Examining Attorney after graduating from law school. While working as a Trademark Examining Attorney, she examined all types of trademarks including design marks, word marks, Madrid applications, and configuration trademark applications to determine eligibility for registration on the Principal or Supplemental Register. Prior to working as a Trademark Examining Attorney, Attorney Evans began her career at the USPTO as a Patent Examiner. She researched prior art using USPTO automated tools to determine whether the applications complied with patent laws and rules such as novelty (Section 102) and obviousness (Section 103). She is extremely familiar with patent and trademark policies, procedures and USPTO guidelines.

Currently, the Firm represents a range of clients from independent inventors, entrepreneurs, the Federal Government and Fortune 100 corporations in multiple states and multiple countries. The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC is one of the few law firms in the country to successfully prosecute accelerated patent applications. Through this process, her clients have received US Patents within one year. This is remarkable since it can take 18 months – 24 months before a patent application is typically assigned to a Patent Examiner.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a member of the Texas bar and the United States Supreme Court bar. She is also a registered Patent Attorney. She was recently awarded the 2011 Nation's Best Advocate award from the National Bar Association (NBA) and IMPACT and she was recognized for being one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.

For more information, visit www.evansiplaw.com

 

Rob Costanza

Owner & Business Director, The Growth Coach 3 Rivers

Building a successful business takes blood, sweat and tears, but it should not cost you your family or your personal life. Owning a business should give you the freedom to live a better life, right? I say “yes” and it’s that passion for success and balance that led me to open this business.

I understand what it takes to build a business without destroying your life. I’m looking forward to utilizing my depth of knowledge and experience in the business world as well as my overall passion for growing and developing others to help you find balance and grow your business. Throughout my career, coaching others is what always spoke to me. I was attracted to The Growth Coach because owning this franchise gives me the opportunity to utilize my skills and follow my passion while making a difference for other business leaders by delivering a highly proven and unique coaching experience.”

Prior to opening The Growth Coach – Three Rivers, I worked in sales and sales management for more than 20 years, during which time my main roles were in coaching and developing others to achieve their goals. I have diverse background of sales and development management in multiple industries. My experience includes positions with Johnson & Johnson, Bard Access Medical and Strad Energy Services. In addition to my professional career, my appreciation for coaching and strategy started with youth sports and continued through my time as a walk-on college football player for the University of Pittsburgh, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing.

When I’m not helping others to be more successful, I can be found spending time with my wife, Melissa, and our two children, Adrianna and Roman. I’m also an Upward Sports coach and have been active in local youth sports for many years. I’m looking forward to building this type of community involvement as my local business continues to grow.

 

Carl J. Dumele

President & CEO, Newovo Plastics

Newovo Plastics is a grassroots, ground breaking company. Our mission is to bring entrepreneurs, garage mechanics and desktop modelers to a site that gives them the basic understanding of the plastic injection process. Yet, be able to provide large contract manufacturers the knowledge, expertise and quality to manufacture precision components on a mass scale.

Our customer will have a unique advantage over their competitor. Our approach to manufacturing lends itself to new design, unique creations or ideas and allows for greater creative stimulation and work flow. By creating a “garage” perspective to plastic processing we’re able to communicate the steps needed to get from “napkin” drawing, to a 3D prototype and eventually a finished product.

By infusing ourselves with the customer on each step of the development process and communicating with other companies in that chain such as; design teams, material handlers, tooling and processing manufacturers puts the customer in the driver’s seat. This well informed customer will be in control of their “baby”. At the end of the day, the customers design specifications, quality control requirements and final product delivery will be our top priority. Newovo Plastics acknowledges the fact customers need information and product yesterday. It is our objective to attack each request as if it was our own.

For more information, visit www.newovo.us

 

Kendall Almerico

CEO, BankRoll Ventures LLC

Kendall Almerico was named “one of the top crowdfunding and JOBS Act attorneys in the country” by Forbes. Venture Beat named Kendall the 17th most influential thought leader on crowdfunding in the world. Inc. magazine named Kendall to its list of “Top 19 Crowdfunding Experts Startups Need to Know.” Kendall and his crowdfunding websites have appeared in the New York TimesUSA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters,Wired, the New York Daily News, Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, Fox Business Network and hundreds of newspaper, blog, radio and television interviews including CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and Bloomberg TV. Kendall is also CEO of BankRoll Ventures LLC, who owns and operates BankRoll, an equity crowdfunding web site focused on Regulation A+ Mini IPOs and 506(c) and 506(b) private placements. Mr. Almerico is a regular crowdfunding columnist for Entrepreneur.com and a highly sought after international keynote speaker. Mr. Almerico practices law with the prestigious law firm of DiMuro Ginsberg in the Washington DC area.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Edith Tolchin

President, EGT Global Trading

Edith G. Tolchin, “The Sourcing Lady" (SM), is the author/editor of Secrets of Successful Inventing: From Concept to Commerce (Square One Publishers – www.secretsofsuccessfulinventing.com), the world’s greatest book for novice inventors. She has been helping the inventor community for almost twenty years. With import/export as the only career she’s ever had, Edie “invented” EGT Global Trading in 1997, with a goal to link U.S. inventors with Asian manufacturers, to provide an exclusive import service for sourcing, quality control, production testing and safety issues, manufacturing, international financing, air/ocean shipping, customs clearance arrangements, and dock-to-door delivery.

Ms. Tolchin holds a prestigious U.S. Customs Broker License. She is an expert in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act’s requirements for product safety issues, including all regulations and documentation. Edie also specializes in SAFE China sourcing and helping her clients work efficiently with China factories.

Edith G. Tolchin is a contributing editor for Inventors Digest, a freelance writer for numerous publications (www.edietolchin.com), and is co-author of Sourcing Smarts: Keeping it SIMPLE and SAFE with China Sourcing and Manufacturing, along with Don Debelak and Eric Debelak.

For free brochure and literature packet, please contact: EGT Global Trading, Phone (845) 321-2362, e-mail: [email protected], website: www.egtglobaltrading.com.

 

Josh Wallace

Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, www.JoshWallace.com

Josh Wallace is a Minneapolis-based artist, illustrator, and graphic designer who's done everything from creating three-eyed plastic monsters and composing electronic music to designing and illustrating a children’s book series. Creativity is his passion, and he spends most of his time offering this to the world of small business.

By day, he lends his creative skills to Ambassador Communications, helping their many local clients grow and prosper. "Working with Ambassador has given me a ton of intimate opportunities to meet directly with enthusiastic business owners," he says. "It’s really exciting to be able to get behind the scenes of these people’s accomplishments and help push them further!"

For Wallace, the inventing industry is another area of small business with amazing clients. "I’ve gotten to try out some really cool products that seem like they should have already been invented!" For years, his tools and experience have helped countless inventors with logos, brochures, product illustration, photography, packaging, web graphics, and more.

Today, in addition to working with Ambassador Communications, Wallace works with a Minnesota-based startup brewery as their branding and marketing adviser and illustrates "The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers" series. Despite his many projects, he still makes time for any new design requests. "I love art and design, so I am very happy to stay busy!"

For more information and to view a variety of work samples, visit www.JoshWallace.com or contact him directly at [email protected] or 651-278-3740.

 

Fariza Javed

Commercial Director, Birmingham Innovations

Fariza set up her first business at the age of 18. While studying Science, she successfully moved into the Real Estate sector, setting up real estate agencies, as well as training agents for many years. 

Subsequently, she has set up a number of businesses in the last decade in variety of sectors from hair and beauty, to costume jewelry, to name a few.  She used her skills and expertise, as well as innovative techniques, to make the businesses stand out from the crowd. After achieving success in these areas, she then went on to challenge herself turning around failed businesses.

Fariza has personally experienced and gained an in-depth knowledge of the entire retail framework. This includes: invention, licensing, tooling, manufacturing, packaging, quality control, importing/exporting, merchandising, buyer's frustrations, retailing, and customer habits. She now concentrates on network marketing, coaching and mentoring people, as well as travelling around the world with her husband, Hanif Khan, sourcing innovation and bringing it to market. 

 

Hanif Khan

Director, Birmingham Innovations

Began his career in I.T. designing air traffic control systems and then moved onto becoming very well known in the Real Estate industry. Hanif owned a number of successful real estate agencies and mentored and trained thousands of agents.

After his MBA, Hanif began investing into new and innovative businesses which then led him to exploring the wonderful world of distribution, manufacturing and retail. He has since built a phenomenal business that revolutionizes how new products are launched into retailers. The business is growing rapidly.

Hanif has personally experienced and gained an in-depth knowledge of the entire retail framework. This includes: invention, licensing, tooling, manufacturing, packaging, quality control, importing/exporting, merchandising, buyer's frustrations, retailing, and customer habits.  He speaks on stage around the world in front of thousands and does training in many areas from property, mindset, licensing, and understanding retailers.

 

Don Debelak

Marketing Expert & Patent Agent, One Stop Invention Shop

Don Debelak is a proven marketing expert and patent agent who has worked with new products and inventions for over 35 years. He has worked with a wide array of inventors products from the Junk Drawer Organizer, fishing lures and kitchen products to diesel particulate filters and water filtration products for the oil fields. He was the new invention author for Entrepreneur magazine for seven years and he is the author of the best know invention books including:  Bringing Your Product to Market, Entrepreneur Press and Bringing Your Product to Market – In Less than a Year John Wiley & Sons.

Debelak currently has a new web training site One Stop Invention Shop, www.onestopinventionshop.net, which offers on-line training videos. 77 inventor stories and in-depth blog posts on a wide variety of subject as well as a full complement of patent services.  If you have an invention question go the opening page of the web site and put it into the search term.  You will get both pertinent articles and inventor stories to read which will help you find you answers.  The five on-line video training series includes videos covering the range of inventor interests from what you need to do before spending big money to a series on Pumping up Sales for inventors with finished products.  

 

Michelle Lisa & Justin Lesko

Esquires, The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd.

The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is a unique patent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the fields of patent procurement, licensing, and enforcement.  We utilize the skills of a select group of experienced co-counsel and experts to give our clients the highest level of service possible.  The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is one of the few firms in the country that actively represents clients in patent enforcement programs on a contingent fee basis.  By doing so, we can represent individual inventors and start-up companies who otherwise would not be able to successfully license or enforce their inventions.  Please visit our website,www.PatentIt.com for more information about the services our firm provides. 

Justin Lesko is a registered patent attorney licensed in the state of Illinois and admitted before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Michelle Lisa is a licensing and litigation attorney licensed in the state of Illinois.  Both Mr. Lesko and Ms. Lisa have experience working with clients to devise creative solutions for all aspects of their invention: from patent prosecution, to licensing, and if necessary, litigation.  

 

Howard Lim

President, HOW Creative

(1pm - 5pm)

For over 25 years, Mr. Lim has proven that, through strategically business planning and branding, any size company can accelerate in growth, profit and value, while attracting quality employees and increasing shareholders’ value. His inventive formulas integrate traditional media with new media, and have helped client companies actually leverage themselves ahead of their competitors—far ahead—based on the use of what he calls an Authentic Brand®.

After designing and branding hundreds of companies, products and services, and influencing billions of dollars in revenue, brand-value and equity, Howard decided to give equal access to companies of every size, and has taught over 50,000 entrepreneurs and corporate leaders on the most powerful business language today: Branding. Mr. Lim contributes his time as a judge and domestic co-chair for INPEX.

Mr. Lim has represented and contributed to the business development branding of such industry leaders as Apple, Disney, Namco, Intel, HP, FOX, Adobe, Oracle, Xerox, Toshiba, Mattel, Philips Media, Honda and many others. He has been feature in Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Macworld, BRANDWEEK, HOW Magazine, ABC, FOX, CBS, just to name a few.

Howard A. Lim
Tel: 310.455.0389
Email: [email protected]
For more information, visit www.howcreative.com

 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Howard Lim

President, HOW Creative

For over 25 years, Mr. Lim has proven that, through strategically business planning and branding, any size company can accelerate in growth, profit and value, while attracting quality employees and increasing shareholders’ value. His inventive formulas integrate traditional media with new media, and have helped client companies actually leverage themselves ahead of their competitors—far ahead—based on the use of what he calls an Authentic Brand®.

After designing and branding hundreds of companies, products and services, and influencing billions of dollars in revenue, brand-value and equity, Howard decided to give equal access to companies of every size, and has taught over 50,000 entrepreneurs and corporate leaders on the most powerful business language today: Branding. Mr. Lim contributes his time as a judge and domestic co-chair for INPEX.

Mr. Lim has represented and contributed to the business development branding of such industry leaders as Apple, Disney, Namco, Intel, HP, FOX, Adobe, Oracle, Xerox, Toshiba, Mattel, Philips Media, Honda and many others. He has been feature in Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Macworld, BRANDWEEK, HOW Magazine, ABC, FOX, CBS, just to name a few.

Howard A. Lim
Tel: 310.455.0389
Email: [email protected]
For more information, visit www.howcreative.net.

 

Richard M. Blank

Esquire, The Law Offices Of Richard Mark Blank

Practice Areas

  • Patent Registration, Prosecution, Litigation
  • Trademark and Trade Dress Registration, Prosecution, Litigation
  • Copyright Registration, Prosecution, Litigation
  • Product, Technology and Brand Licensing Law
  • Entertainment Law

As a United States Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. Blank has a busy and active practice consisting of a complete range of intellectual property matters including U.S. and international patent drafting, filing and prosecution, trademark and trade dress drafting, filing, managing and prosecution, and copyrights. Additionally, Mr. Blank’s practice emphasizes the negotiation and drafting of various agreements including licensing agreements, sales-representation agreements, manufacturing and vendor agreements, non-circumvention agreements, and non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. Mr. Blank has negotiated licensing opportunities for clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, medical products and technology, financial services, sports and entertainment, celebrity-endorsed products, toys and other children’s products.

Over the years, Mr. Blank has negotiated licensing agreements on behalf of the following notable personalities and entities: Michael Jackson, Chuck Norris, the Estate of Roy Rogers, Peter Max, Historical Royal Palaces (Tower of London, Kensington Palace, etc.), and the St. Petersburg Russian Museum Collection (i.e., Amber Room of Catherine Palace, Academy of Fine Art, Peterhof Palace).

Through his years of experience in the entertainment industry, Mr. Blank has cultivated relationships with leading entertainment corporations to develop licensing, trademark, and brand opportunities, including: Jim Henson Productions, Kellogg’s, Nabisco, Mattel, Hasbro, DreamWorks, Walt Disney, Fisher Price, Sony, Sega, Viacom, AOL Time Warner, Children’s Television Network, and Nintendo.

Mr. Blank has used his skill and experience to significantly increase sales for a personal care and hygiene company by coordinating proven licenses with the company’s current product line (i.e., placing the image of a Marvel superhero character on a children’s shampoo bottle). As counsel to a book publisher, he generated significant sales volume by negotiating and consummating deals with Nabisco, Nintendo, Penguin Books, Warner Brothers, Random House, and Simon & Schuster.

In the litigation arena, Mr. Blank has represented such high profile clients as the Slesinger Family (Winnie the Pooh) and the Estates of members of such bands as the Marvelettes, the Drifters and the Platters.

 

Michael Miller

Director of Product Partnerships, NCH Corporation

As Director of Product Partnerships for NCH Corporation, Michael Miller leads  a cross-functional team and cross-company teams that identify and work with external partners (e.g. inventors, product-oriented companies, supply chain partners, etc.) to systemically supplement our internal product development efforts to deliver innovative, consumer solutions for our customers. Michael is currently a Board member for the United Inventors Association (UIA) and a Board member for Plumbing Manufactures International (PMI).   

Michael leads the Product Partnership Program for three companies within NCH corporation; Retail Products Group with a focus on pet products (Brands: OUT, Simple Solutions, Vets Best, Bags on Board, Totally Toddler) and Plumbing Products Group which includes LSP company ( Brands: Danco, Go Bidet, Disposal Genie, MJSI, Rapid Fit, Pull stop Box, Aqua- Flo). Major Customers include: Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, Petco, KB Homes, ACE, Bed Bath and Beyond, QVC and HSN to name a few.  

Before joining NCH in 2008, Michael was the head of Research and Development at Andover Healthcare where he led the development of the world's first cohesive elastic bandage with silver antimicrobial foam and was the Field Service and Training Manager for FEI Company, the leader in Focused Ion beam technology. He also served in the U.S. Submarine Service as a Chief Petty Officer, where he served on 4 nuclear powered submarines. He completed his service as the Research and Development Chief at Submarine Development Squadron 12 where he led R/D projects on 15 different US Submarines and one submarine from the Royal Netherlands Navy. Michael holds a BA in Business Administration from Hesser College.

 

Michelle Lisa & Justin Lesko

Esquires, The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd.

The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is a unique patent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the fields of patent procurement, licensing, and enforcement.  We utilize the skills of a select group of experienced co-counsel and experts to give our clients the highest level of service possible.  The Law Offices of Steven G. Lisa, Ltd. is one of the few firms in the country that actively represents clients in patent enforcement programs on a contingent fee basis.  By doing so, we can represent individual inventors and start-up companies who otherwise would not be able to successfully license or enforce their inventions.  Please visit our website,www.PatentIt.com for more information about the services our firm provides. 

Justin Lesko is a registered patent attorney licensed in the state of Illinois and admitted before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Michelle Lisa is a licensing and litigation attorney licensed in the state of Illinois.  Both Mr. Lesko and Ms. Lisa have experience working with clients to devise creative solutions for all aspects of their invention: from patent prosecution, to licensing, and if necessary, litigation.