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2nd Annual New Technology, Small Business & Inventors Conference

Speaker Bios - Page 2

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is the owner of West Rock Information Group, LLC. , located in Doylestown, PA. West Rock is a boutique investigative and research firm focusing on intellectual property issues and competitive intelligence projects.

Patrick is involved in numerous professional organizations, including: The Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, The International Trademark Association, The Association of Independent Information Professionals, The Special Libraries Association, and The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Patrick has also been a member of SCIP- The Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals Association since 1998.

Prior to forming West Rock in 2008, Patrick spent 16 years as an in-house investigator in the Legal Division of The Coca-Cola Company. In this role Patrick was called upon to support Coca-Cola’s Trademark, Patent, Licensing, Food Law, and Marketing attorneys. One particular area that Patrick gained extensive experience is in conducting trademark clearance/“in-use” investigations. Patrick’s work resulted in the successful registering of many of The Coca-Cola Company’s most recognized trademarks, including: Dasani, Powerade, Full Throttle, Fruitopia, the “Zero” line, Minute Maid “Simply” line, and many Hi-C flavor names. Patrick also contributed to the “Always Coca-Cola” tagline, the “Coca-Cola” polar bear advertising theme, and numerous other local and national advertising programs.

Patrick and his department were also responsible for protecting The Coca-Cola Company’s portfolio of trademarks. This included everything from policing use of Coca-Cola’s trademarks and protecting licensees, to auditing retail business in regards to substitution issues. He was one of the “Coke police” who would go to restaurants and bars throughout the country and place order for Coca-Cola.

Other work included the M&A due diligence work involved in the acquisitions of Glaceau/Vitamin Water, Honest Tea, Odwella, and Barq’s Root Beer.

At West Rock, Patrick and his team offer the exact types of services he performed while at The Coca-Cola Company. Clients include law firms and corporate legal divisions throughout the country. West Rock maintains an exclusive client base which they offer customized investigative and research services. All work is performed by the principals as they take great pride in the high ethical standards which they have set for themselves.

 

Nikola Lonchar

Mr. Lonchar is the Founder and President of the Nikola Tesla Inventors Club. He is a prolific independent inventor with over 30 patents, some of which have been successfully brought to market. Presently a Pennsylvania licensed Private Detective, specializing in investigation after burglary and auto theft (forensic examination and fraud examination), his hobbies include a large collection of Locks, Sensors and alarms and designing new products. He speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian and English.

 

Jeff Maday - Event Host

Jeffrey J. Maday is a Patent Attorney and proprietor of Maday Patent Law, PLLC - a Philadelphia-based Intellectual Property firm. After completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Maday was employed for several years as a process engineer, primarily in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has worked for several major oil refining companies, both directly and in a consulting role. Mr. Maday pursued a career in Patent Law largely due to an interest in cutting-edge technology and innovation. IP was his focus in law school, where he served as President of the Tulane Intellectual Property Society and wrote on the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Mr. Maday received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in 1994. He recieved his J.D. degree from Tulane University in 2006. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Maday is also a board member of the Nikola Tesla Inventors Club and the American Society of Inventors. He is a licensed pilot and owner of an antique two-seat airplane - a 1948-vintage Luscombe 8F.

 

Eric Manganaro / Nevin Nurse / Winston Sardoni / Pete Walski

Free energy researchers and Nikola Tesla enthusiasts.

 

Michael Manning

Inventor. Expert on electric vehicles and battery technology

 

Garrett Melby

CEO & Co-founder of Good Company Ventures.

 

Tatjana Miletic

Tatjana Miletic received her Ph.D. degree in physics at Drexel University in 2009 and her B.S. degree in physics from the University of Belgrade in 2000. Her current research interest is experimental neutrino physics. She was a collaborator on KamLAND experiment from 2002 to 2009. Currently, she is a member of Double Chooz collaboration. The Double Chooz neutrino experiment is set up to investigate size of the last non-measured neutrino oscillation angle theta-13. The Double Chooz will detect electron anti-neutrinos emitted by a nearby nuclear reactor. Once theta-13 angle is accurately measured, it will become the predecessor for experiments looking into CP violation in leptons and seeking the reason for matter dominated universe with neutrinos.

 

Dan North

Organizer of Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Newark, DE.

 

Mark Passio

Mark Passio is an avid researcher, radio talk show host, and frequent lecturer. He is the founder of www.WhatOnEarthIsHappening.com, a powerful and controversial website exploring issues related to consciousness, culminating from over twelve years of his extensive research and investigation. Mark is also a Nikola Tesla enthusiast and board member of the Tesla Science Foundation.

 

Voykan Potulic

Mr. Potulic is a representative of Sonora International Trade - a firm that has developed accelerated battery chargers and related technologies.

 

Henry Skillman

Mr. Skillman, a fourth-generation patent attorney, has been in the private practice of patent, trademark and copyright law since 1950. He is a senior shareholder of Dann, Dorfman, Herrell and Skillman, P.C., and concentrates his practice in representation of individuals and U.S. and foreign business organizations in the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications, and counseling and opinions regarding infringement and validity, and related matters. He received his B.S. in General Engineering with a specialty in textile technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Temple University and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1955. Mr. Skillman has served the Philadelphia and American Intellectual Property Law Associations as well as the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association as Chairman of their respective committees on practice before the Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Skillman serves on the advisory board and is the Treasurer of the American Society of Inventors.

 

Frank Taney - Host of Entrepreneur Forum

Frank chairs the Information Technology Litigation Practice Group at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and is a member of the Technology Transactions Group.

He has successfully tried many arbitrations and bench and jury trials to award or verdict as lead trial attorney, and has other trial and arbitration experience.

In addition to his IT litigation practice, Frank negotiates IT-related transactions for his clients, including software licensing agreements, IT outsourcing, web hosting, software development and other IT service contracts. He also counsels clients on methods to avoid or minimize the adverse impact of IT-related disputes. Frank maintains cutting-edge practices relating to issues arising from the use of open source software, as well as to commerce, litigation and transactions affecting virtual world platforms. With respect to the latter, Frank was plaintiff's counsel for two IP infringement lawsuits arising within the Second Life virtual world platform, which were the first of their kind. Frank's clients range from individual entrepreneurs and start-ups to publicly traded companies.

Frank is a frequent lecturer and author on topics relating to information technology law, litigation and related transactions. He regularly conducts public seminars for attorneys and business executives on IT-related legal topics.

Frank has been published and quoted on IT-related topics in numerous publications and has appeared as a guest on CNBC's "Power Lunch" and Fox Business Network's "Money for Breakfast" to discuss legal issues. Frank has also provided formal and informal private instruction on IT-related legal topics to business executives and in-house legal staff for a number of private and publicly traded companies as well as the City of Philadelphia's Law Department. He contributed a chapter titled "Navigating the IT outsourcing and procurement process" to a book from Harris Kern's Enterprise Computing Institute titled CIO Wisdom II: More Best Practices, and a chapter titled "Technology Transactions and Effective Litigation Management" to Inside the Minds: Technology Law Client Strategies, published by Aspatore Books. Frank also blogs for The Legal Intelligencer on technology law issues.

 

Michael Treat, M.D.

Dr. Treat is the founder and leader of Robotic Systems & Technologies, Inc. Throughout his 25-year career as a general surgeon, he has been a tireless advocate of medical technology and a prolific inventor, with numerous medical device patents to his credit. Dr. Treat is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University and an Attending Surgeon at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Treat founded RST in 2002 to advance his vision for medical automation.

Two of Dr. Treat’s surgical device inventions have achieved commercialization. The first was a bipolar electrocautery snare for endoscopic polypectomy, which employed a new approach to improve the safety of endoscopic polyp removal. Starion Instruments Corporation of San Jose California is currently marketing another of Dr. Treat’s devices. Starion is a highly successful start-up with growing sales based on thermal tissue welding technology invented by Dr. Treat and licensed to Starion by Columbia University.

Dr. Treat is presently focusing in the development of clean energy systems and technologies. He has achieved some success with his experiments to extract electricity directly from the atmosphere, and is exploring ways to advance atmospheric electricity to a commercially viable form of energy production.

 

Linda Tronoff

Executive Agent, Sonora International Trade.

 

Jerry Wenger

Mr. Wenger is a "Senior Dream Weaver" consultant for Aztec Solar Power in Wayne, PA. He will discuss on-going solar projects, and explore the cutting-edge developments in solar energy technology.

 

Angela Willie

Angela is the Assistant Department Head for the Business, Science & Industry Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This is the section of the library that holds Philadelphia’s Patent & Trademark Depository Library.

Ms. Willie has an M.S. in Information and Library Science from Drexel University, and a B.A. in English/Communications from Chestnut Hill College. She was previously the Department Head at the Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library, and a Branch Manager at Queen Memorial Library, Wynnefield Library, and Nicetown-Tioga Library.

She is Treasurer at NAIC Investment Group, Treasurer and Co-Founder of PAALA (Pennsylvania African American Library Association, formerly GOALS), and Recording Secretary at Keepers of the Culture – Philadelphia’s Afro-centric storytelling group.

 

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