USPTO, regional forces unite for Long Island inventors

Lighting the way: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and friends are coming to Farmingdale State College to enlighten Long Island inventors on commercialization issues.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Innovators, assemble – the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island.

In another bringing-the-mountain-to-Mohammed moment, the USPTO is partnering with Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on an Inventors Day specifically for Long Island innovators – a day-long whirlwind of panels and presentations covering new ideas, product development, licensing, manufacturing and more.

Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 1 in the FSC Campus Center Ballroom, the event – presented in conjunction with the Farmingdale State Small Business Development Center – is slated to feature contributions from a host of USPTO representatives, along with a number of regional innovation experts.

Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club founder Brian Fried, a frequent USPTO collaborator, said the Inventors Day event is designed to provide “bigger opportunities and access to resources for the inventor and entrepreneur community.”

Brian Fried: Innovation crusader.

“The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island … to educate inventors on protecting intellectual property, including patents and trademarks,” Fried said. “The USPTO asked me to host them through our club, so I helped the USPTO plan the event.

“I have also coordinated with local resources to present to inventors that register for this free event.”

Those resources include venture-capital specialists – representatives of the Long Island Angels Network and the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform are scheduled to participate – as well as a host of regional innovation insiders, including Stony Brook University Director of Economic Development Ann-Marie Scheidt, LaunchPad Long Island founder and serial entrepreneur Andrew Hazen and Innovate Long Island President Marlene McDonnell.

Fried – the acting director of the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club and executive director of the United Inventors Association – will also be speaking at the June 1 event.

The author, home-shopping veteran, relentless tinkerer (a dozen patents and counting) and self-made innovation expert – who formed the Suffolk and Nassau county inventors/entrepreneurs clubs before they merged under Farmingdale State’s banner – remains one of the busiest men in innovation. Primarily, Fried coaches other inventors on the commercialization process as both acting president of the regional club and executive director of the UIA, a registered 501(c)3 with a national focus.

He also had a hand in the formation of the new Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club of Queens, a function of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City.

“I’ve been licensing, earning royalties and manufacturing my own inventions,” Fried told Innovate LI. “And working with inventors worldwide as the inventor coach, helping to develop their invention ideas at various stages.”

Assisting inventors at various stages is also the thrust of Inventors Day, one of a number of USPTO road-show events designed to reach innovators in their own back yards. Admission to the June 1 Farmingdale State conference is free, but pre-registration is required; more information here.