16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

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


16th Annual Independent Inventor Conference Wrap Up

On Aug. 14-16, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference to educate inventors and small business owners about the importance of intellectual property (IP) in the business cycle. Keynoting the event was serial inventor Woody Norris, recipient of the 2005 Lemelson-MIT prize. Norris demonstrated some of the cutting-edge technology his companies have developed, including his patented hypersonic speaker system. Jennifer Briggs, mother of five daughters and inventor of the DrainWig, shared her experience creating and commercializing a simple yet effective device that stops hair from clogging drains. Conference-goers also heard presentations from other successful inventors and IP experts drawn from both the public and private sectors, including Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino and representatives from NASA and the U.S. Copyright Office. All attendees participated in hands-on workshops and had the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with an IP expert of their choice to discuss specific questions relevant to their inventive journeys. We were sorry to say goodbye at the end of an information-packed weekend, but we look forward to the next Independent Inventors Conference, and who knows, maybe we'll see you there!


What Attendees Had to Say About Their Experience:

"Just a great conference! Thank you so much for putting this together, bringing inventors together, and keeping the American Dream within reach."

"Very pleased with conference! Organization was impressive, speakers interesting, information inspiring. All were 'on our side'."



USPTO employees work with outside experts to talk one on one with attendees.Inventor Woody Norris speaks to attendees.

Elizabeth Dougherty of the USPTO speaking with attendees about Intellectual Property.Inventor Jennifer Briggs speaking to attendees.