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The Inventors Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of Inventors helping Inventors for over 30 years. We are based in Orange County, CA.  

Join us online Friday night November 11 at 7:00 pm (PDT) for the “Licensing Success Stories” seminar featuring Courtney Laschkewitsch and Madeleine Key, where they will showcase stories of inventors who are successful at licensing and venturing, and provide clear takeaways and advice about what helped them “crack the code”!

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Courtney Laschkewitsch

Coach, inventRight, LLC

BIO: Courtney is an award-winning entrepreneur and successful inventor who has seven licensed products. As a child, she remembers making paper models of amusement parks and ski resorts that took up a whole room. She started her first business as a teenager while attending college. Selling online and at several events throughout the year, she learned the basics of starting and growing her own small business.

She’s also an experienced educator. For nearly a decade, she taught classes to youth about robotics, animation, and design through an educational non-profit.

“Each of our classes consisted of teaching the students how to be life-long learners and how to be creative thinkers at a young age,” she explained.

She has been recognized for her achievements, including being the inaugural youth division winner of the Nexties Awards for Entrepreneurship, as well as the Bay Area winner for the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Before she knew its official name, Courtney was sold on the concept of licensing. With so many ideas, why start a business for each one when you can license them, she thought.

“Licensing is deeply ingrained in who I am,” she said. “I can come up with all these ideas and focus my energy on creativity and innovation every single day; I’m so enthralled by this industry”.

As an inventRight coach, she enjoys helping her students learn the licensing process in this ever-changing exciting industry.

“Inventors are dedicated movers and shakers who are constantly pushing their ideas forward. It is such an honor to be a part of the inventing community— it’s really inspiring.”

In addition to being a zealous advocate for inventors and the inventing community, and developing product ideas for companies, Courtney is a martial artist (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA), ukulelist and latin dancer. She also enjoys golfing, photojournalism, and dipping her feet into new and invigorating activities.

Courtney Laschkewitsch

Coach, inventRight, LLC

(800) 701-7993 | (650) 793-1477



Madeleine Key

Senior Strategist at Key Media, Inc., Columnist

BIO: Madeleine Key uses storytelling to reveal how ideas are turned into new products and services. She has been writing about intellectual property, invention commercialization, and the innovation ecosystem for more than 15 years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, Business Insider, CNBC, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, and many more. Currently, she is a contributor to Inc. and IPWatchdog.

Together, she and inventor Stephen Key have published more than 1,000 articles about entrepreneurship, inventing, and the licensing business model for Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and other publications online since 2007. She has been responsible for growing inventRight’s brand using social media since 2014.

As the Marketing Director for Inventors Groups of America, she researches, pitches, books, markets, hosts, and interviews leading experts for the largest online inventor group. As a Communications Committee member of the nonprofit Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, she advocates for making the patent system more diverse, inclusive, and relevant. 

She began writing for her local paper, The Modesto Bee, in high school and was trained at The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper. As a journalist in the Bay Area, her reporting on arts and culture appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, CALIFORNIA magazine, and the East Bay Express.  

She currently lives on the road in the Sprinter van she built out with her husband and their Welsh Terrier Bear.

Madeleine Key

Senior Strategist at Key Media, Inc., Columnist 

(209) 606-8732


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The Loss of Inventor Rights – A Concise Description

For those new to the issue of inventors having lost the ability to stop large corporations from just taking valuable, patented technologies, here’s a quick rundown:

1. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB): The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created an easier way to invalidate (revoke) an issued patent. The PTAB is an administrative court with no jury and much less due process than a real court. Rather than a lifetime-appointed judge, a PTAB trial typically has three attorneys who are called Administrative Patent Judges (APJs). Since inception, 84% of the patents that go through a PTAB process get fully or partially invalidated (partially usually means the parts of the patent that matter).

When you attempt to stop a large corporation from infringing your patent, they will try to use the PTAB to invalidate your patent. If you win one PTAB attack, you can still be pulled into additional ones by the same or other infringers. According to the AIPLA (American Institute of Patent Law Association), a reasonable PTAB defense costs $400,000 to $800,000. Historically, the typical inventor would hire an attorney on a contingency basis to fight an infringer (where the inventor doesn’t pay much up front and the attorney gets a percentage of the verdict award or settlement amount). Today, it is extremely rare for an attorney to take any PTAB case on contingency.