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July 25, 2006
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Media Advisory, 06-50

Patent and Trademark Experts to Advise Midwest Entrepreneurs on Protecting Intellectual Property

Chicago, Ill. — The Northwestern University School of Law and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame have joined forces with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to host the Midwest region's premier conference for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs. The Chicago Regional Independent Inventors Conference is set to take place in Chicago on July 28-29 and will bring together the nation's leading intellectual property experts as well as some of the nation's most inspiring inventors.

During the two-day seminar, experts from various fields will provide entrepreneurs, inventors and business-owners with useful tips to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world. Topics for sessions include application preparation, patent searching, licensing and intellectual property, commercializing your idea and resources, grants and funding.

WHAT

Chicago Regional Inventors Conference - Seasoned patent and trademark examiners will conduct workshops and hold one-on-one meetings with attendees during the conference. The $90 registration fee includes all sessions and presentations, refreshments, lunch and a networking reception on Friday night.

Media availabilities with John Doll, USPTO's commissioner for patents, who can discuss the necessary steps inventors should take to develop and protect intellectual property.

WHO

USPTO Commissioner for Patents John Doll, responsible for all aspects of the patent granting process for the United States

Special Guest Speaker Greg Hart, recent winner of the History Channel's Modern Marvels contest

Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the Baby Bird respirator that has saved millions of infants' lives over the years

Louis Foreman, CEO of Enventys, a product design and manufacturing firm and producer of "Everyday Edisons" which will premiere on television this fall

USPTO Officials, Intellectual Property Experts, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

WHEN

July 28-29, 2006
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE

Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

For more information or to register for the conference visit: http://www.uspto.gov/index.html.

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