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        Chicago Inventors Organization

     Innovation, Patents, and Profits Conference

       January 11, 2014




8:00AM - 4:00PM                                            REGISTRATION  


8:00AM - 5:00PM                                            EXHIBIT HALL- INVENTOR AND VENDOR SHOWCASE


9:00AM - 10:00AM                                          KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Karen Waksman 















10:00AM - 2:00PM                                           WORKSHOPS FOR INVENTORS 





















10:00AM - 2:00PM                                           PRODUCT FAIR











2:00PM - 3:00PM                                                        KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Warren Tuttle



























3:00PM - 5:00PM                                            PRODUCT PITCH CONTEST


* Housewares                                                                 * Consumer Products

* Hardware/Automotive                                                    * Direct TV                                              

* Office Supplies/Furniture

* Medical Devices

* Food

* Pets                     



* Pro Bono Patents

* Infringment Litigation

* New Patent Law Litigation                                            * Licensing/Contracts                                             

* Trademark/Copyrights



* Concept Sketch

* 3D Modeling

* 3D Rendering

* 3D Animation

* 3D Printing



* What Buyers Look for in Product Ideas

* Crowd Funding

* Seeking Investors                 


Warren Tuttle is the President of the United Inventors Association and the founder and CEO of Monashee Marketing, in New Canaan, CT, and . Positioning himself as the "Housewares Guru", having been associated with the industry for many years, he was the person behind the scenes helping orchestrate the introduction and success of Smart Spin. With almost 10 million units sold to date, Smart Spin continues to be prominently featured at major retailers throughout America.


Warren also helped to initiate the market launch of several other innovative kitchen       products, including MISTO, The Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer as well as The Toss and Turn Pan, one of the best-selling cookware fry pans in the U.S. in 2005. Warren has also assisted numerous housewares product patent holders to obtain licensing agreements with major U.S. manufacturers and counseled several inventors who went on to start their own small businesses.


Additionally, Warren leads the external product development program at Lifetime Brands of Garden City, NY, the world's largest manufacturer of kitchen utensils and a major supplier of food prep and table top products to all of America's major retailers. To date, Warren has initiated several major new product launchings with Lifetime Brands, including The Speed Pre Mandolin, The Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen and The Bagel Pod.

Karen Waksman, Founder and CEO of Retail MBA, is a Manufacturer's Rep turned Author, Speaker and Consultant. She has sold millions of units of products to the world’s largest retailers now dedicates her time to teaching Entrepreneurs how to market and sell their products to major retailers, online retailers, catalogs and small retailers, too! Absolutely no sales experience or existing buyer relationships required.


Karen Waksman has taught 1000’s of product entrepreneurs and companies across the country on the subject of selling to retailers.   Her goal is to empower and inspire         companies to transform their businesses by providing them all of the necessary              

information they need in order to become chain store vendors.   

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