Upcoming Speaking Engagements
January 17th – Ohio Invention League Inventor Mentor Series (Online-only)
January 19th – South Africa Inventors Club (Online-only)
February 3rd – UC Merced
February 24th – Florida State University
April 5th – Intellectual Property Awareness Summit 2022 @ UC Berkeley
July 28th 12-1pm – PTAB Inventor Hour at the USPTO – (Virtual) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ptab-inventor-hour-tickets-380488741067
September 11-13 – IPWatchdog Live 2022 – Dallas, TX https://www.ipwatchdog.com/ipwatchdog-live-2022/
October 10-12th – World IP Forum in Bangkok, Thailand
Past Speaking Events
Sunday, October 9th, 2019 – Lunch n Learn : Reno, NV
Tuesday – Thursday, May 7-9, 2019 – National Hardware Show Meetup
Monday, June 17, 2019 – Engineering Academic Environments to Foster Invention and Innovation
Monday – Wednesday, June 24-26, 2019 – Judge – Silicon Valley International Invention Festival
Thursday, August 29, 2019 – 7th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo
February 9th, 2019, South Florida Inventor’s Society
February 14-16, 2019, AAAS National Conference Georgetown University Washington DC
February 21st, 2019, Tech to Market Conference Shreveport LA
March 4th & 5th, 2019, University of California Merced
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 6:30pm – Inventors Center of Kansas City
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, 6-9pm – Inventors Network of Minnesota
Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 7pm – San Diego Inventors Forum
Friday, September 14th, 2018 – Southern California Inventors Forum
August 17-18, 2018 – Invention-Con (United States Patent & Trademark Office) Meet Stephen
July 24, 2018 – Celebrate Invention 2018: AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program
April 16, 2018 — Inventors Network of the Capital Area (Washington D.C.) Meet Stephen, Andrew, & David.
April 17-19, 2018 — Inventors Groups of America 1st Annual Conference (Washington D.C.)
October 21, 2017 – Keynote Speaker Chicago Inventors Association Conference
August 9 & 10, 2017 – University of Newcastle, Australia
July 31 & August 1, 2017 — How to Invent: Launch Your Idea – Capitol Hill Inventor Series, Washington D.C.
July 10, 2017 – The Power of Inventing – Mesa, AZ.
April 4-17, 2017 – East Coast US Tour
March 16 & 17, 2017 – University of Michigan
March 7, 2017 – CSU Fullerton
February 20, 2016 – Proto Con – Charleston, South Carolina
February 24, 2016 – North Florida Inventors Group – Jacksonville, Florida
February 27, 2016 – Southeastern Inventors Association – Norcross, Georgia
April 9, 2016 – Chicago Inventors Organization – Chicago, Illinois
April 12, 2016 – Houston Inventors Association – Houston, Texas
April 13, 2016 – Alamo Inventors Group – San Antonio, Texas
April 15, 2016 – Austin Inventorpreneurs – Austin, Texas
May 10, 2016 – Invest Northern Ireland
September 7, 2016 – Michigan Inventors Expo – Lansing, MI
September 30, 2016 – Core77 Design Conference – Los Angeles, CA
October 13, 2016 – Inventors Forum (SD) – San Diego, CA
October 14, 2016 – Inventors Forum (OC) – Orange County, CA
Previous Speaking Engagements
- USPTO Silicon Valley Office Grand Opening – San Jose, CA
- Make48 April & October 2015
- San Diego Inventors Forum
- Minnesota Inventors Network – Keynote
- Central Kentucky Inventors Counsel – InventorCon – Keynote
- Inventors Forum Orange County – Keynote
- Invest Northern Ireland Conference
- Featured Speaker at a Google Talk event.
- A Keynote speaker at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference
- Speaker at The Perfect Pitch – Sharing stage with billionaire Richard Branson & 30 other notable speakers.
- Speaker at College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA – #1 Art & Design School in the U.S.
- Speaker at the Booming In The Bust Symposium – 3 Cities in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane)
- The Today Show Australia
- The Dr. Phil Show – Expert guest.
- The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNBC
- ABC Affiliate, News 10 Sacramento, CA
- FOX Affiliate, KTVU 2 Bay Area, Silicon Valley Business News with Pam Cook
- inventright seminars; full-day, half-day & 1-3 hour presentations
- Inventor meetings across the USA
- Guest lecturer at Stanford, San Jose State University & University of the Pacific
- SVASE Panel Speaker Along With Jack Canfield and Others.
- 51st Annual Minnesota Inventors Congress 2008 Keynote Speaker
- Guest Lecturer – Everyday Edisons PBS Television Show Casting Call.
Booming In The Bust – Australia
Speaking along side Loral Langemeier, Harry Dent, Mark Victor Hansen, Joel Comm and others.
Pictured with Stephen above left to right are Greg Klopper, event organizer; Mark Victor Hansen, Best Selling Author of Chicken Soup For The Soul; and Kerwin Rae, Sales & Marketing specialist.
What others say…
“Truly the best, most informative, knowledgeable speaker in the industry. Stephen takes the MAJOR STING out of jumping into the arena of inventors/inventions. Especially as a novice. Thanks Stephen, you delivered in San Diego and we all walked out empowered by what you shared.”
“That presentation was great!!! It answered a lot of the questions that I had. Im glad that you have presented us with how you achieved such great inventions; now im in the process of getting a hold of sell sheets and putting this invention together and present it out to companies that work with the invention that im trying to create. But it was such a pleasure to hear from you Mr. Key. I am so looking forward to reading your book and hopefully get a better insert on how to get my invention created, but THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! YOUR SPEECH WAS SO HELPFUL TO ME AND IT DEFINITELY GAVE ME A BETTER INSIGHT ON HOW TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”
“I would like to thank for the excellent presentation that you gave in Minneapolis. You are a very motivating speaker. I was glad to see you intermingling and networking with the audience before hand. What a great way to get a feel for the crowd and introduce yourself first hand. The information you covered was very informative. With a little work, hopefully I will be putting some of your techniques into action. It was nice to meet you. Thank you for the seminar and and information. Looking forward to another seminar.”
“I really enjoyed the refresher. Your wisdom is worth its weight in gold and there are many Minnesotans that need to hear you. I brought an inventor from Arizona to hear you. She said she was not disappointed. I knew she wouldn’t be.”
Thank you, Pam
“Thanks for speaking to the group in Minneapolis on Tuesday. I was a bit paralyzed with fear of confidentiality/NDA’s/patents, etc. Your “speed to market” speech helped me get over that.”
“The energy, the rush, the WOW! We like your style. You are contagious! You don’t need a PowerPoint – you just TALK! You keep your audience engaged for a solid hour or more. You make it interactive with audience participation by asking which key step to keep on point, and examining samples, keeping it informative and humorous. Your sell sheet. You practice what you preach!!!! And oh yeah, I have a memo notepad full of notes. You are GOOD – you EDUCATE; – you share -and this comes from a former educator. We THANK YOU! You gave us a very beneficial seminar at the HIA-Houston Inventors Association meeting. I am already in line at Barnes and Noble to get your book! Just can’t wait. It is very purposeful and delightful to have made your acquaintance, sir.”
“They say if you get just one good idea the seminar is paid for. I got ten and I was only able to stay for the first half.”
“I met you prior to the start of Tuesday evening’s event at Dunwoody College. Your presentation was fabulous…very straightforward (10 Steps) with an excellent “delivery”. Your personal stories of what worked and didn’t work were invaluable. I hope you can return to MN in the near future so others can learn from you as well. Thank you for fitting Minneapolis into your schedule…it was a very enjoyable and educational evening learning from a pro! Congratulations on your success!”
Best regards, Barb
“I want to first thank you for coming to Minnesota to speak to our group it was definitely motivational and I’m looking forward to see you back in Minnesota soon.
I also would like to tell you how much I appreciated the positive feed back you gave on my Emergency Data Label, I have made note of your suggestions and am making some changes to my approach.”
Thanks again for your time, Joseph
“Just a note to say thank you will all sincerity for coming to Minneapolis and imparting your many years of wisdom to help others live out their dreams of becoming a product developer. The information you gave us will go far in helping us to realize our dreams as creative inventors. I wish you continued success in all your endeavors, and can hardly wait for your new book to be published. Also did you have the opportunity to add the content for what to say when we contact potential licensees?”
Thanks Again, Donna
“I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for coming to Minneapolis and sharing your wisdom. I am the guy who sat to your left in the front row with my little girl and my wife. She loved the Mickey Mouse guitar pick you gave her. It went to school with her to show her friends the next day. She has also been talking non-stop about her invention ideas!
We all left much more excited and motivated to get “un stuck”. We enjoy listening to your inventright Radio podcast and you are an even better speaker in person. We all look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.”
Thanks again, Brian
“What a great speaker you are and you gave some great information. I am glad i went and it was a pleasure also to meet you. Hope to see you next year. I am the person that had spoke with you about the company that is infringing on my product.”
Again thank you, Brad
“Thank you for the information on the invention world and process of marketing. When you asked me why I was stuck on moving forward with my invention I didn’t know I could do the marketing and other stuff until you told everybody at the meeting. I really thought I had to find a marketing firm to license it, or to get where I need to get to from here. So thank you for all the free valuable info it will be put to good use.“
“I have enjoyed your presentation immensely and want to thank you for such upbeat lessons you gave to us. Although I am not an immediate inventor, instead, I am helping inventors to “bring your ideas to life”, I still found many helpful hints in your presentation.”
Best Regards, Alex
“It was a pleasure meeting you and listening to your presentation at Marketplace in Fargo. As someone involved in the planning of the event, I especially appreciated how much time you took to walk the floor, mingle, listen to stories, etc. Your participation beyond the keynote address added much to the event.“
Thank you, Evan
“I truly appreciated your candor and content. I was the choir and you were preaching to it. Thanks for stepping foot in good ol’ Fargo, ND. Tell California we all say “hello.” Hope to have you back soon. I’ve put your book on my “to buy & read” list. It’s right behind ‘Catch-22’, but ahead of the bible.”
Thanks again! Aaron
“What you shared was so inspiring! I’ve had ideas spinning around in my head for years and you actually gave me HOPE that I could possibly share my ideas and they would become something tangible that would help simplify life for people. As a professional organizer I’m always looking for practical ideas for homes and offices. However, my first idea back in 1979 was for a sanitary pad with wings. I drew it up but never did anything with it. I didn’t know how to go about it. Well, lo and behold I was “blown away” when I saw an ad for “my idea” some 10 years later. I know I can do it! Thanks for the encouragement.”
Blessings to you, your family and your company, Julie
“Thanks for a great presentation at OCC on your 10-Steps. You did finish on time, and you were truly great. Your style, and the strong emphasis on challenging us to “do something” and keep it simple was artform. Just wanted to chime in and say thanks.”
Have a nice holiday, Bryan
Here are a few comments from a webinar that Stephen did for the American Society of Inventors.
Walt – “This is a wonderful seminar. Thank you so much again.”
Michael – “I enjoyed the webinar very much. There was a lot of information. Is it possible to get a copy?”
Brian – “Thank you for sharing the webinar seminar with me, it was very resourceful.”
Ruth – “What a great way to do a presentation. Excellent – [My husband] and I thoroughly enjoyed the program. Lots of valuable information.”
Chas – “THANKS! That was great.”
Paul – “Thanks again. That was excellent. They really showed a different method of quickly getting an idea evaluated and to market. By the way, thanks for getting that webinar together and all of those other informative meetings. Great information and knowledge there. That is why I joined the ASOI for just such things to help me along.”
John – “I was hoping the seminar was recorded and I could get a copy of it. I thought it was awesome. Very informative and easy to fit into my schedule!!”
Bill – “Thanks so much for hosting the webinar Wednesday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you plan to invite Stephen Key and Andrew Krauss back again. The presentation subject matter and transmission were excellent. It was very convenient for me to attend. The 90 minutes flew by.”
Mike – “I picked up some good pointers and enjoyed the point of view regarding approaching prospective licensees! Thanks for organizing!”
Bruce – “I really enjoyed the webinar! The information was VERY constructive. One of the main things I’ve come across talking to members at the meetings is their disillusionment over funding their patents. Even the last guest speaker showed a slide that confirmed that very few patents are successful when they are not linked to an in-house corporate drive. This webinar showed it can be done on your own. Mr. Key is living proof that you just have to be smarter than the system. I hope we get to hear from him again. Is there a link to the recorded webinar where I can watch it again? Thanks for running a very valuable organization.”
Richard — I really enjoyed the event and I thank you for it. I hope to take advantage of more.
Inge — I thoroughly enjoyed this webinar. The information and enthusiasm were invaluable. Patenting and marketing and all that that entails are just too expensive and risky for me. I have been sitting on my ideas for years, and I will now renew my efforts in research and product evaluation(s) and I am working on my benefit statement(s). The Sell Sheet recommendation is a fantastic idea and also great for web page content. My only regret is that I missed the initial 15 minutes of the webinar.