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16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference. August 15-16, 2014. USPTO, Alexandria, Va.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) 16th Annual Independent Inventor Conference will be held August 15-16, 2014. After taking place in various regions around the country, the annual conference comes home to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

For two days, independent inventors and small business owners will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and jumpstart their creative endeavors. Experts and senior officials from the USPTO will present valuable information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters while successful business owners and inventors will relate their inspiring personal experiences in bringing their dreams to market. In addition, representatives from government, legal, and business development entities will discuss commercial best practices and the various resources offered by their organizations. Each attendee will have an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with a USPTO expert or IP professional of his or her choice, as well as hear keynote addresses from major figures in the entrepreneurial world.

Featured keynote luncheon speaker for Friday, August 15, is Woody Norris.  A successful serial inventor holding over 50 patents, Norris was the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize in 2005. 

A pre-conference workshop will take place the evening of August 14 to help conference-goers prepare for getting the most out of their experience.

Attendees will also be able to choose from a variety of panels and breakout sessions that address specific intellectual property topics relevant to the modern inventor and small business owner. These sessions include hands-on workshops on patent and trademark application filing, prior art searching, and recent changes in legislation that affect business owners and inventors, among many other topics.

The 16th Annual Independent Inventor Conference promises to be a great opportunity. 

Check out Norris’ TED Talk to learn more about his life and inventions.


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