Month: June 2020

Thierry Lepoutre

Thierry Lepoutre is Founder and President of Boostr Consulting LLC, providing consulting services to help innovative companies successfully claim R&D Tax Credits and obtain refunds from the government. Thierry has over 20 years experience in recovering R&D Tax Credits for innovation (R&D) companies in all industries, ranging from one-person startups to large multinationals.

Wayne Kocina

Wayne Kocina, a seasoned industry veteran with more than twenty years of experience in GIS, founded GeoWize in 2003. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall operations of GeoWize. The company’s mission is to provide better information for better decisions to small and middle sized business giving them the same competitive advantage that the “big guys” have! Wayne has provided GIS services and consulted for such companies as Target, Big O Tires, Smiling Moose Deli, Vom Fass, US West, Qwest, Unisys (France), Telebras (Brazil) & Telebras – CpQD, Idea Integration, the City of Littleton, numerous other cities and communities, and hundreds of small businesses. Wayne is one of the founding members and the GIS component of the Economic Gardening National Strategic Research Team (EG-NSRT). He is currently working with twenty one state-wide EG programs, and numerous community programs. Wayne has managed a $100M GIS development & deployment project, vehicle tracking projects, spatial enterprise data projects, and more than one thousand site prospecting, competitive intelligence, and market intelligence projects using ESRI’s ArcGIS and Business Analyst tools coupled with demographic, income, spending, market & spatial data from the world’s leading providers of this data. These are the same tools that many of the biggest and most successful retail business use to give them a real “competitive advantage” over their competitors.

Sara Knudsen (Outreach & Marketing)

Sara Knudsen is the owner of Gold Stripe Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm which provides graphic design, digital marketing and website development services for small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. She is also the executive director of the Colorado Business Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and funds small business resources across the state. Prior to opening Gold Stripe Consulting, Knudsen was the Deputy Director of Communications for the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, where she managed federal and state government grants totaling more than $2 million annually as well as all aspects of planning more than 10 statewide businesses training conferences, including securing speakers, sponsorships, travel, marketing and more. Knudsen was also responsible for the statewide branding across the entire statewide SBDC network, in which she standardized both print collateral and online presence. Knudsen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Spanish.

Molly Kocialski

Molly Kocialski has been Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016. She carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. She ensures that the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. In that role, Molly and her team in Denver collaborates with the Colorado SBDC TechSource – Innovate program, providing consulting assistance directly to our clients, as needed. Molly presents workshops for SBDC TechSource on the entire range of intellectual property options for technology businesses, including the patent process.

Molly brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO and to Colorado SBDC TechSource clients. Most recently, she was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc, where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.  

Molly is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. She currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee, is the Vice President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, she is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Molly was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars.

Molly is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.

Sharon King (Program Lead)

In the past 15 years, Sharon and Boulder SBDC have worked with over 7,000 entrepreneurs from startups through 2nd stage companies, from “Main Street” retailers through highly scalable manufacturing and advanced industry ventures. In 2018, Boulder SBDC was named the nation’s best SBDC by U.S. Small Business Administration — the Center of Excellence and Innovation. Sharon leads the Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization Program statewide (technical assistance and programming for SBIR/STTR grant funding), as well as the Tech Venture Accelerator (TVX) in Boulder. Sharon partnered with NASA to produce their national SBIR event (Innovation & Opportunity Conference) in Colorado in 2018 and 2019.  Sharon’s first business was a vintage clothing store in upstate NY.  Just before joining the SBDC in 2004, Sharon converted and re-branded a franchise hotel into the independent Boulder Outlook Hotel, in which she was an investor. In the 30 years between, Sharon has been an entrepreneur, marketing executive and consultant for small (and larger) businesses in a wide range of industries.  She holds an MBA from Cornell University, certification in Technology Commercialization from University of Houston and is nationally-certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation and Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski and the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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