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Welcome to the

IGA Educational Webinar Series

Our webinars took place monthly in 2019 – 2022 and features different successful inventors, industry experts, educators, and executives to give you the information, tips, and insights you need to get ahead with your invention.

Featured Webinar Guests

Tariq Najee-ullah
Founders Legal - Patent Agent - Patent Drafting, Patent Research
Sarah Shaw
CEO of Entrepenette, and Celebrity Designer
Rick Kellow
Inventor of the GreatPlate
Paul Fatehi
Founder of Fintech IP - Prior Art Searcher, former Patent Examiner and Senior Patent Analyst
Michael Van Horst
Successful Inventor
Mary Couzin
Chicago Toy & Game Week - Founder and President
Lisa Lloyd
Past President of UIA - Founder of Inventor's Association of Arizona
Kenny Kiernan
Kenny Kiernan has been a toy industry illustrator for 20+ years and has completed many projects for Hasbro, Fisher-Price, Spin Master, Lego and other toy companies.
Ken Johnson
Inventor of famous card game, Phase 10 - Inventor, Author, Visionary Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker
Kedma Ough
Mt. Hood Community College - Innovation Director Statewide
Jonah White
Inventor of Billy Bob Teeth - Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Author
Jim DeBetta
DeBetta Enterprises - President
Jason Klug
CEO & Founder of Klugonyx Group LLC, Partner and Co-founder at Onyx360, CEO & Co-founder of Dorai Home, Mechanical Engineer, and Crowdfunding Expert
Jake Ward
Registered Patent Attorney & Founder of Ward Law Office LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in the practice of patent and trademark law.
Howie Busch
An Entrepreneur, Inventor, Advisor, and Attorney, Howie is the Founder & Dude-in-Chief of DudeRobe, where he created a cooler bathrobe and lounge wear for men, and appeared on Season 9 of ABC’s Shark Tank.
Dr. Konstantin Dolgan
Co-founder LA NPDT - Product Design, Development, and Marketing
Carrie Jeske
Will It Launch? - Principal Consultant
Blake Hodgson
Owner of KC Proto, has been helping local inventors for about 4 years to turn their ideas into products.
Benjamin Harrison
Creator of Smart Pitch- Getting into companies via LinkedIn - Entrepreneur, product developer, featured in publications ranging from Vintage Guitar Magazine to Inc.
April Mitchell
April Mitchell is the inventor of the Right Height adjustable over the door hook. She is a product developer in the housewares and toys/games industry. She is a teacher by trade and enjoys coaching others through the process of licensing products.

Past IGA Educational Webinars

2023 Events

January 25th — How To License And Manufacture Your Invention At The Same Time With Egyptian entrepreneur Mohamed Ali, creator of PowerLock, and host Stephen Key

February 22nd — Behind The Scenes With A Former Patent Examiner! With Scale LLP Partner Eric Blatt and host Madeleine Key.

March 29th —Do You Have The Next QVC Hit? Meet Tom Czar, Founder and President of Media One Products, with host Stephen Key

April 26th —  AI Tools For Product Developers with Courtney Laschkewitsch, serial inventor and host of The Serial Inventing podcast

May 31st — Catching Up with USPTO Director Kathi Vidal with host Madeleine Key

June 28th —  Learn How To License Products from an expert with serial entrepreneur Keith Mullin and host Stephen Key

July 26th — Successful Pitching: Strategies For Winning Over Companies With Your Ideas with SmartPitch creator Benjamin Harrison and host Stephen Key

August 30th — Licensing 40 Ideas in 2 years: Discover How Keanu Licensed 40+ Ideas With CAD featuring Joseph Larsen from Alibre 

September — No meeting

October 25th 10 Rules You Must Break to Become Successful at Product Licensing Today

November 29th — Learn How To Sell Your Ideas From Successful Inventors

December — No meeting


2022 Events

January 26th — Have a New Invention Idea – Now What? With Marc Portney, Stephen Key, and Andrew Krauss.

February 23rd — Learn How to Become a Successful Toy Inventor, with Ed Gartin, Azhelle Wade, and April Mitchell!

March 30th — How to make your sell sheet POP with augmented reality, with Courtney Laschkewitsch!

April 27th —  AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Stephen Key!

May 25th —  Meet Keith Chapman, Creator of Paw Patrol & Bob the Builder!

June 29th —  Raising Inventors – Tips & advice from successful young entrepreneurs.

July 27th — Meet Kathi Vidal, the new Director of the USPTO!

August 31st — Pitching Tips & Strategies that will up your chances of licensing success, with Courtney Laschkewitsch

September — no meeting

October 26th — What to Expect After You File a Patent Application feat. Patent Trial and Appeal Board members

November 30th — Meet Dr. Schrag, Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR and STTR programs


2021 Events

January 27th — Should You Venture or License Your Idea? Feat. Dimitry Boss, founder of Twist-A-Core

February 24th — How to Create Revenue-Generating Inventions feat. Andy Barkin, professional product developer, and Terry O’Mara, Head of Coaching at inventRight

March 31st — How Marc Took Three Products to Market feat Marc Portney, serial entrepreneur and business advisor

April 14th — Become a Pitching Master and Get Interest Fast! Feat. Ed Gartin, former toy executive at Hasbro and successful toy inventor

May 26th — Learn the Right Way to Use LinkedIn and Overcome Your Fear of Pitching feat. Benjamin Harrison, creator of SmartPitch, and Justin Aquino, communications coach

June 19th — Do Patents Still Have Value for Independent Inventors? Feat. Andrei Iancu, former USPTO Director

July 28th — How to Break into the Pet Industry and Go Pro feat. Amanda Hutton, inventor and licensor of 50+ products

August 25th — How to Make a Virtual Prototype That Lands You a Licensing Deal feat. Courtney Laschkewitsch, IGA Managing Director and successful inventor

September 29th — Sell Sheet Lingo — How to Stand Out in a Sea of Sell Sheets feat. Courtney Laschkewitsch, IGA Managing Director and successful inventor

October 27th — How to Sell Your Product in Walmart feat. Angela Grayson, IP attorney and former Associate General Counsel, IP and Patent Operations lead at Walmart

November 24th — The Right Way to Approach Potential Licensees feat. Ryan Diez, inventRight Coach, and Benjamin Harrison, SmartPitch creator

December 8th — Don’t Let These Barriers Stop You From Inventing in 2022! Feat. Andrew Krauss, IGA cofounder, and Courtney Laschkewitsch, IGA Managing Director and successful inventor


2020 Events

January 29th – How to bring your product to life from idea to store shelves with Mike Van Horst and his product, Push and Hang.

February 12th – A Shark Tank Contestant talks about the Art of the Pitch, with Howie Busch and his company, DudeRobe.

March 4th – Prototyping Tips and Tricks Every Inventor Must Know, with Blake Hodgson and April Mitchell.

April 1st – How to develop and manufacture a successful product from ground up through venturing, with Jason Klug.

May 6th – Creating Concept Art and Sell Sheet Illustrations with Kenny Kiernan.

June 3rd – How to get celebrities to promote your product, with Sarah Shaw.

July 1st – You Don’t Need A Patent If… with Jake Ward.

August 5th – How to produce a product that has a WOW factor, with Lisa Lloyd.

September 2nd — How to Sell your Invention on Amazon, with Rick Kellow.

October 7th — Understanding Your Patent Rights in 2020, with PTAB Judge Janet Gongola, Vice Chief for Engagement, PTAB Judge Kal Deshpande, and Michelle Armond, Litigator and Patent Attorney.

November 4th — How to Design a Winning Sell Sheet, with Kenny Kiernan!

December 2nd — How to Build the Right Prototype, with Onega Ulanova!


2019 Events

March 6th —  Presenting your ideas to potential licensees with CoFounders Andrew Krauss and Stephen Key.

May 1st — The latest DRTV insider secrets for submitting your product ideas with Carrie Jeske from Will it Launch.

May 29th — Building prototypes with Dr. Konstantin Dolgan from LA New Product Development Team.

June 12th — Manufacturing your product idea and selling it to retailers with Jim DeBetta.

July 10th — How to raise money to launch your business with Kedma Ough.

July 31st — Learn how to be a toy inventor. Mary Couzin founder of ChiTAG – North America‘s largest non-hobby toy and game fair open to the public.

August 14th —  The Art & Science of Patent Searching — Learn about prior art searching with Paul Fatehi, Founder of Fintech IP and former Senior Patent Analyst.

September 4th — How to protect those ideas without spending a fortune with Patent Agent Tariq Najee-ullah.

October 2nd – How to market novelty products with inventor of World Famous Billy-Bob Teeth, Jonah White.

October 30th – Learn about the toy industry with inventor Ken Johnson, creator of the second best selling card game, Phase 10.

November 6th – How to get your ideas into companies without making dreaded cold calls with Benjamin Harrison.

December 4th – Learn what it takes to get on QVC and sell thousands with Rick Kellow and his product, The GreatPlate.

Past Webinar Recordings