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 ReesDirector, Technology Transfer Office, University of Colorado, Boulder

Moderated by: Brent JohnsonPartner, 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 FriarManaging Partner, Peak 5 Capital

Adams PricePresident, EKS&H

Dave HarrisDirector of Operations, Rockies Venture Club

Steven T. Joanis, CEO, PlanetIQ, Inc.

Moderated by: Patrick PerrinPartner, 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’HaraFounder & Executive Chairman, Congruex

Jeff NewtonIn-House Counsel, Broadcom

Andrew CousinCEO, Circle Graphics

Stephen S. Miller, Commercialization Network Liaison, CU Technology Transfer Office

Moderated by: David KerrPartner, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti & Giovanni Ruscitti, Managing Partner, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti

With special remarks from Clif HaraldExecutive Director, Boulder Economic Council