In looking forward to the 9th Annual Invented Here! event, scheduled for November 6, 2019 (mark your calendars!), we reflect on last year’s event toward inspiring BPLA members and non-members to nominate inventors to be honored during this year’s event.
In the evening of November 27, 2018, the BPLA community came together to celebrate Massachusetts Inventors' Day, proclaimed by Governor Charlie Baker, and to celebrate New England innovators, their inventions, and the stories behind their innovations at the 8th Annual Invented Here! Awards Event. The celebration took place at the Exchange Conference Center on Boston's Fish Pier in the Seaport District, which features dramatic architecture, high ceilings, and spectacular panoramic views of Boston Harbor.
During the recognition portion of the event, Honorees were introduced to the full audience of attendees. Each received a Certificate from the Co-Chairs of the Invented Here! Committee.
Selected from a group of nearly 50 nominees were 12 Honorees, chosen by a 17-member Selection Committee. During the hors d'oeuvres and networking portion of the event, the 2018 Honorees were stationed at the perimeter of the event hall next to poster-sized copies of the first page of their respective patents, ready to answer questions relating to their patents and share their personal stories. This gave a wonderful opportunity for the audience and the honorees to intermingle and discuss the inventions first hand. Attendees who met a requisite number of honorees at the poster boards qualified to win a prize, which increased engagement between attendees and Honorees.
Following the presentation of the Certificates to each of the Honorees, 4 Featured Honorees were asked to return to the stage, and received framed Certificates for their inventions. This was followed by an interview session moderated by BPLA President-Elect, Deirdre Sanders, and Vice-President, Michael Bergman. Responsive to questions from the moderators, each of the Featured Honorees told the story of their respective invention, explaining a unique “Aha moment” of when they realized that they were on to something truly special. The audience also learned of the innovators’ stories and their paths into science or technology, about people who served as each Featured Honorees’ mentors, and what continues to inspire each Featured Honoree’s journey. Attendees were excited to hear these stories and to learn how the inventions could improve, and in some cases, already are improving many people’s lives.
Many thanks go to George Jakobsche for sharing so many of his photographs used in this article!
The Invented Here! Committee invites all BPLA members and others from our innovation community to nominate innovators for honors this year. The nomination period is scheduled to close June 30, 2019.
The Invented Here! Co-Chairs: Mark B. Solomon, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Aaron Connor, Eli Lilly Cheryl Campbell, McCarter & English
Volume 50, Issue 2
2019 Ⓒ Boston Patent Law Association
Table of Contents
Letter from the BPLA President
Members on the Move
List of Officers, Board of Governors and Committees
BPLA-USPTO Panel Program Featuring Patent Examiner– Behind the Scenes Look at Patent Prosecution from Both Sides
BPLA & FCBA Program - From Boston and Beyond
Summer outing announcement
Job listings
Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Does a “Full Moon” Mean Mars too?
Biopharma IPR Trends – 2019 Mid-Year Update
Racketeering Not Just for Mobsters Anymore: Patent Proceedings Too
Community Calendar
The Annual Dinner In Honor of the Federal Judiciary
National IP Bar Associations from UK Bring Roadshow to Boston
2019 Invented Here! Awards Event
2019 Patent prosecution strategies in China
Metida Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners Annual Meeting event
Looking Forward to the 9th Annual Invented Here! 2019 Awards Event
Roundtable on Upcoming Changes in Trademark Practice in Canada
An eye on Europe: Double patenting in the spotlight
Five important changes to the Canadian Patent Act now in effect