2018 National Trademark Exposition

Smithsonian, Trademark Exposition and USPTO logos

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition.  The exposition is a free, family-friendly event where you can learn about trademarks.  It will feature educational workshops, exhibits and hands-on activities demonstrating the important role trademarks play in our economy and our lives.

Check back often as we add exhibitors and event highlights to this page. 


Do you have a federally registered trademark and want to share why trademarks matter for your business or nonprofit?
Do you have a mark that has evolved over the years and want to share why?
Do you have an interesting story behind the development of your trademark and brand?
If so, we invite you to apply!    

Exhibitor application  Use Internet Explorer to submit online. Otherwise, download and submit via email.

We will select 20 exhibitors.  To learn about what is involved in an exhibit, please see pictures and read about past expositions here.

The application deadline is March 7.
We will notify selected exhibitors by March 16.


Exhibit guidance

We're looking for exhibits that will promote the goals of the exposition: 

  • Engage visitors in an enjoyable and age-diverse set of hands-on activities that convey information about the importance of trademarks to innovative firms and entrepreneurs.
  • Educate participants about different types of trademarks and the importance of trademarks to the economy.
  • Showcase counterfeiting approaches, challenge children and adults to differentiate authentic goods from fake goods, and explain counterfeiting’s negative effects.
  • Offer a historical perspective on present-day issues and dilemmas in trademark development and enforcement.

Read more about the event in our invitation to exhibitors

See our display recommendations and policies for more guidance.


More information

See our FAQs or contact our exposition team members:

Shana Webster-Trotman
(571) 272-9698

Chrisie King
(571) 272-9179