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October 19, 2011

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Press Release, 11-57

USPTO and Smithsonian American Art Museum to Host Free Inventors Symposium

WASHINGTON – As part of a series of programs complementing The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will sponsor a free, two-day Inventors Symposium on October 27-28, 2011 in the museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.

The first day will focus on the recently enacted America Invents Act and its impact on independent inventors and small businesses.  Senior USPTO officials will provide important information about patents, trademarks and intellectual property protection. Thursday’s program will conclude with a networking reception. 

Friday’s session will focus on how to start and grow a business including such topics as manufacturing, marketing, and licensing.  The program will also feature government officials discussing programs designed to assist and support independent inventors and small business entrepreneurs. The day will conclude with a docent guided tour of The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition.

WHAT:                       Free Inventors Symposium

WHEN:                       October 27-28, 2011
                  
WHERE:                     Smithsonian American Art Museum – Nan Tucker McEnvoy Auditorium
                                 8th and G Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004           

The Inventors Symposium is a free event however registration is recommended.  Seating is limited so register early at http://events.invent.org/invsym/

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