Startup Workshop on IP Strategy, Patents, Trademarks From The Director of USPTO Silicon Valley

Date: 25 October 2017

Do you have questions about patents, trademarks, and other ways to protect your startup’s intellectual property?

Then join us Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. for a very special workshop by John Cabeca, the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office of Silicon Valley (USPTO).  

This is a rare opportunity to learn from and ask questions directly to an IP expert of an important government agency, the USPTO. 

As Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office of Silicon Valley, John is responsible for the agency’s strategic direction, ensuring initiatives and programs are tailored to Silicon Valley’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.  Starting as a patent examiner to Director of the USPTO 25 years later, John fully understands the unique challenges the startup industry faces here in Silicon Valley.  

In this workshop designed specifically for the unique needs of startups, founders and entrepreneurs in the tech industry, you will learn:

  • In-depth Intellectual Property Overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
  • Why startups and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP?
  • Knowing what should be protected and when to do it?
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure and how you can lose your IP.
  • Best practices for working with the USPTO to obtain IP that is valuable to a start-up.
  • What time and fees are expected for a typical patent and/or trademark for start-ups?
  • What resources and assistance are available for startups through USPTO?
  • And much more, including your questions.

When it comes to innovating, creating new things and entering new territory, having a proactive IP strategy is often better than being reactive to issues later on.  

While IP attorneys do their best to advise, this workshop provides you with an opportunity to learn and ask questions directly to a definitive resource within the USPTO.

Limited seats available. Dinner and drinks will be served.

Founders Floor is a co-working accelerator for tech startups in San Jose. We host regular, informative events in the Bay Area, bringing entrepreneurs and industry experts together to learn and network. Find out more about our accelerator program here or our other upcoming startup events here.


6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner and Networking
7:00pm – 8:30pm – Workshop and Q&A
8:30pm – 9:30pm – Meet the Speaker and Networking

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Wednesday, 10/25/2017


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Founders Floor

2 North 1st St., 5th Floor

San Jose, CA 95113


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John Cabeca


United States Patent & Trademark Office of Silicon Valley

As the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca 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 USPTO’s west coast regional office in Silicon Valley.

A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 26 years, John previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. John became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

In 2006, John was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative’s Office.  At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.

Free street parking

Abundant street parking is available for free after 6:00 p.m. in downtown San Jose. Streets closest to Founders Floor with free street parking are Santa Clara St., North Market St. and St. John St.

Free parking garage

Founders Floor will provide a 2 hour free parking voucher to the Market & San Pedro Square Parking Garage. This garage is only one block away from Founders Floor. It’s located at 45 N. Market St., between W. Santa Clara St. and W. St. John St. Upon check-in at the Founders Floor event, make sure you ask for the 2 hour free parking voucher.

Public transportation

VTA Light Rail is right outside our building, and runs every 20 minutes making public transportation fast and easy.  Both the Mountain View-Winchester and the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa VTA light rail stop at the Santa Clara Station(s) which is located just a block away.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund up to 48 hours before the event. Unfortunately, any refunds requested less than 48 hours before the event cannot be honored. Thank you for your understanding.


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