TAMPA - There will be lots of entrepreneurial spirit in the air this weekend as inventors from across the country gather for the first National Academy of Inventors conference in Tampa.
About 140 people from 31 universities are expected at the conference hosted by the University of South Florida at the Embassy Suites. The conference begins today and ends Friday.
“We are getting a lot of notice because of the emphasis the Obama administration has put on innovation and commercializing products for economic development,” said Judy Lowry with communications and marketing in the USF Office Of Research & Innovation. “USF is very focused on innovation and changing the culture to encourage it.”
David Kappos, U.S. under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will speak at 11 a.m. today. On Friday, Thomas J. Fogarty, inventor of the cardiac balloon catheter and inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at a noon event.