innovation race
Gordon Chang

Gordon Chang

Columnist, author, and lawyer. Chang is the author of The Great U.S.-China Tech War, Losing South Korea, and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Chang lived in Mainland China and Hong Kong for nearly 2 decades, working as a Partner and Counsel at the US international law firms Baker & McKenzie and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Chang has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the CIA, the US State Department, and the US Department of Defense. He has also testified before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has appeared as a frequent guest on nearly every TV News Network, as well as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards 

Dr. James Edwards advises companies, trade associations, and conservative organizations on patent policy and is Co-Director of the Inventor’s Project. He participates in the Medical Device Manufacturers Association’s Patent Working Group. Edwards mentors start-ups and early-stage companies, largely in the med tech space, and is involved in several IP-centric projects.

Edwards served as Legislative Director to Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn., then a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and handled IP legislative matters. Edwards also worked on the staffs of Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. In addition, he was an association executive at the Healthcare Leadership Council. Edwards earned a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia.
Gary Lauder

Gary Lauder 

An early adopter in the field of venture capital, Gary Lauder has been a venture capitalist since 1985, investing in over 125 private companies. He is managing director of Lauder Partners LLC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm.
Randy Landreau

Randy Landreneau

Landreneau is the President of US Inventor, an organization working to restore the American Patent System. Randy is also an inventor and President of Complete Product Development, a company that provides CAD design, prototyping, 3D printing, silicone molding, and educational services to inventors and companies.
Josh Malone

Josh Malone 

Josh Malone quit his corporate job in 2006 to take his shot at the Inventor’s Dream. Eight years later, savings depleted and kids’ college unfunded, he took one last swing before trudging back to the corporate world. And hit a homerun with Bunch O Balloons. His solution to the 63 year old problem of filling and sealing water balloons instantly became the number one selling summer toy. His invention was stolen by a notorious infringer who convinced the USPTO to revoke his patent under a controversial procedure of the 2011 America Invents Act. A brutal and costly legal battle combined with an anti-corruption crusade ultimately resulted in a $31 million award and restoration of his patent rights. He is now a full time volunteer with the inventor advocacy organization, US Inventor.
Rep Thomas Massie

Rep Thomas Massie 

U.S. Representative Thomas Massie entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge Executive. He represents Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District which stretches across Northern Kentucky and 280 miles of the Ohio River. A graduate of MIT, Massie is also an inventor with over 2 dozen patents.
Adam Mossoff

Adam Mossoff 

Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He teaches a wide range of courses at the law school, including property, patent law, trade secrets, trademark law, remedies, and internet law. His research primarily focuses on the theoretical justification for and historical protection of patents and other intellectual property rights as private property rights secured to inventors and creators, and thus function as commercial assets in driving a growing innovation economy and flourishing society. His research has been relied on by the Supreme Court, by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and by federal agencies.
Adrian Pelkus

Adrian Pelkus

Adrian Pelkus is an inventor with 30+ years of experience developing over 300 different electronic products and high technology processes that have helped startup several technology companies. Mr. Pelkus is named inventor of eighteen issued U.S. Patents including the “Baby Think it Over” infant simulator, a “Thin Film Flexible Solar Cell”, the FDA cleared “Jaw Elevation Device” and O2MislyTM Wound Treatment System. In 2005 Mr. Pelkus reorganized the San Diego Inventors Forum, now a 501(c)(3) to help startup entrepreneurs. Mr. Pelkus also served on the Board of Directors of United Inventors Association of America (UIA) and US Inventor. In 2020 Adrian Pelkus established the 501c3 South Carolina Inventors Forum to assist innovators and inventors and all creative folks with protecting, developing, and commercializing their intellectual property through motivation, education, mentoring, and a network of local service providers and national networking opportunities.
Steve Pearlman

Steve Pearlman 

Entrepreneur and inventor of Internet, entertainment, multimedia, consumer electronics and communications technologies and services. He is best known for the development of QuickTime, WebTV, OnLive, pCell and Mova Contour facial capture technologies. In addition to founding startup companies, Perlman was a Microsoft division president and a principal scientist at Apple Computer.
Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding (USAF, Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding (USAF, Ret.) 

Rob Spalding is the founder and CEO of SEMPRE, the only true technology company created to protect and secure our most critical resource: data. Rob is former White House National Security Council senior director for strategic planning, serving in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years. His innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally.

Rob is the author of two books, Stealth War: How China took over while America’s Eites Slept (2019) and War Without Rules: China’s Playbook for Global Domination (2022).
Scott Keiff

Scott Keiff 

The Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at GW Law School, he specializes in international trade; intellectual property; antitrust; finance and securities regulation; bankruptcy; biotechnology and medicine; governance and compliance; cyber; privacy; and security. Formerly a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. He also has served as an advisor to high-level government offices during the Bush,
Obama, and Trump Presidential Administrations on national security and economics.
Senator Chris Coons

Senator Chris Coons 

An American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Delaware since 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, Senator Chris Coons has earned a reputation as a principled progressive and pragmatic lawmaker, focused on some of the most important issues confronting Delaware and the nation. Serving on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees, Chris is uniquely positioned to help nurture American innovation and make the United States more competitive in the global market.
Laura Peter

Laura Peter 

The Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and responsible for all agency operations. This includes oversight for the four USPTO Regional Offices, managing 13,000 employees, and executing the policies, priorities and programs for an annual budget of $3.5 billion.
Judge Paul Michel

Judge Paul Michel 

Judge Michel served for more than 22 years on the Federal Circuit. He judged several thousand appeals and authored more than 800 opinions, one third concerning intellectual property law. Intellectual Asset Management Magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame, and he was designated one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property law in the world. Judge Michel received the Jefferson Medal, the Eli Whitney Award, and the Katz-Kiley Prize, as well as Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the Catholic University of America and the John Marshall Law School. He retired from a lifetime appointment to be free to speak out on the national need for better patent policy and protection of intellectual property and the vital, unmet resource needs of the courts, the PTO, the International Trade Commission, and other IP-related agencies.
 Jonathan Betcher

 Jonathan Becher 

Jonathan Becher is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, three Sharks ice facilities, and the non-profit Sharks Foundation. Becher is responsible for the organization’s overall strategy with a particular focus on the end-to-end customer experience. Prior to joining Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Becher spent a decade at SAP in a variety of senior roles, including CMO and CDO. A three-time technology company CEO, Brecher is on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations and is a frequent speaker at events and a published author on a variety of topics. Becher holds a master’s degree in computer science from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.
Col. (Ret.) John Mills

Col. (Ret.) John Mills 

John Mills is a national security professional with service in five eras: Cold War, Peace Dividend, War on Terror, World in Chaos, and now-Great Power Competition. He is the director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Department of Defense. John is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. 
Donald Merino

Donald Merino 

The founder of Asia Patent Group, a licensing and advisory business. His focus is on working with individual inventors, companies, and universities to help them develop their IP strategies, inventions, and potential paths toward monetization. In the past four years, Dr. Merino has led significant consulting projects for US and foreign companies, including as advisor to the CEOs of Via Licensing and HEVC Advance (both worldwide leaders in technology pool licensing), one of China's largest handset manufacturers, one of China's largest Internet companies, and numerous smaller companies. During this time Dr. Merino completed over 50 licensing deals with Chinese and Taiwanese companies and developed relationships with all of the major handset manufacturers, communication equipment manufacturers, and television companies in China and Taiwan.
Decklan Ganley

Declan Ganley

An English-born Irish entrepreneur, businessman, and political activist. He was the founder and leader of the Irish branch of the LibertasParty. Primarily a telecommunications entrepreneur, Ganley has built businesses across the European Union, Russia and latterly, the United States. Notably, he co-founded Broadnet, a company which rolled out internet and telecoms services across the European Union in the late 1990s. In 1999, after the award of 42 German licenses to Broadnet, the Irish Independent valued Broadnet at $875m.[6] Ganley later sold his shares to Comcast for an undisclosed sum.
Jenny Beth Martin

Jenny Beth Martin 

Jenny Beth is the co-founder and President of Tea Party Patriots, Chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, and a columnist for The Washington Times. Under her leadership, Tea Party Patriots has grown to be the largest and most effective national umbrella group within the Tea Party Movement. Jenny Beth and TPP now use their network to reach millions of Americans every week with education and updates about fiscal responsibility, free market principles, and constitutionally limited government. Time Magazine named Martin as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world in its 2010 issue. Her first book, “Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution” was published in 2012.
Luke Livingston (Director)

Luke Livingston (Director)

Director Luke Livingston is the founder of Ground Floor Video, an Atlanta-based video production company. Livingston and his team are the force behind such films as Runaway Slave, a film that follows one-time NAACP Chapter President and now black conservative pastor C.L. Bryant; Tea Party: The Documentary a film is featured in the Library of Congress which documents the rise of the modern tea party movement; The Border States of America with Nick Searcy; The Determinators on the healthcare system and Obamacare; and Invalidated: The Shredding of the US Patent System, a film that was the precursor to Innovation Race. 

Jo Anne Livingston (Producer)

Jo Anne Livingston has spent more than 3 decades as an industry leader in advertising, marketing, and video production. As co-founder of Ground Floor Video, her career has included: producing three full length documentaries, including Invalidated and Runaway Slave, scriptwriting on television commercials and sales/marketing videos; producing a variety of sales/marketing videos, television commercials, and training videos; and serving as casting director on numerous projects. Clients include The Home Depot, Bosch Power Tools, Coca-Cola, Chic-fil-A, Hunter Douglas, Cox Media, and many others. Jo Anne and her husband and business partner Luke live just outside Atlanta, and spend as much time as possible spoiling their English Cream Golden Retriever, Riley.

Credit Roll

Luke Livingston - Director
Luke and Jo Anne Livingston - Writers
Jo Anne Livingston - Producer
Pritchett Cotten - Editor
Jenny Beth Martin - Executive Producer

Kayla - Jordan Rice
Teacher - Jessica Leigh Smith
Dr. Burke - Luke Livingston
Infringer - Christopher Kirschner
Ariel - Christian Flynn
Featured Student - Alexis Cua
Student - Andrew Cua
Student - Brandon Moore
Student - Harrison Forsythe
Student - Tyler Clark
Kayla’s Mom - Christy Flynn
PTAB Judge - Jack Winch
Administrator - Rusty Boettcher
Examiner - Andrea Debranski
Examiner - Nicholas Carberry
British Newscaster - Hanna Gatti

Production Crew:
Camera Operators – Judd Brannon
Pritchett Cotten
Juan Fernandez
Zachary Kincaid
Ted Lin
Luke Livingston
Cheng Ci Pei
Steve Pitre
Christopher Price
Jack Winch
Assistant Camera - Travis Switzer
Drone Pilots – Judd Brannon
Cheng Ci Pei
Sound – Benjamin Kincaid
Mike Rolly
Christopher Price
Lighting – Marc Hutchins
Hair & Makeup – Rhonda Barrymore
Associate Producers – Kevin Mooneyhan
Shonda Werry
Editor – Pritchett Cotten
Additional Editing – Jude Brannon
Luke Livingston
Christopher Price
Motion Design – D.B. Hansen
Re-Recording Mix – Dave Erwin
5.1 Surround Mix – White Dog Studios
Music Editor – Prichett Cotten
Voiceover – Gene Spennato

Dramatization Unit:
Director of Photography – Judd Brannon
Camera – Pritchett Cotten
Grip & Electric – Marc Hutchins
Sound – Christopher Price
Location Coordinator – Christie Clark
Location Facilitator/Props – Alex Cua
Hair & Makeup – Rhonda Barrymore
Locations – Cherokee Makerspace
CPI Washington D.C.
Ground Floor Studio
Henry County Schools, Georgia
SAP Center San Jose, California
Music – Universal Production Music
Additional Footage – Amazing China Film
Apple Inc.
Boston Dynamics
Transcriptions – Transcription Hub
Sound Effects – Storyblocks
Special Thanks – Jane Anderson
Artemis, Inc.
Cherokee Co. GA Film Office
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Jason T. Dickerson
Adam Eskew
Firestorm Robotics Club
First Robotics
Mary Grace Miller
Rearden, Inc.
Shireware, Inc.
Audio Post and Re-Recording Mix – Technoman Studios
Digital Intermediate Services – Roush Media, Inc.
Supervising Colorist – Keith Roush, C.S.I.

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