225th Anniversary of the Patent Act Celebration

The program will run from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Madison Auditorium and will consist of two separate panel discussions—one hour and 15 minutes each with a 15 minute break in between.  The panels will be moderated by Louis Foreman, CEO of Edison Nation and Edison Nation Medical and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning PBS television show "Everyday Edisons."

There will also be a special exhibit in the main lobby of the Madison building with artifacts and images explaining the past, present and future of the USPTO.

Panel Topics and Speakers:

Where We Have Been, Where We Are and Where We Are Going:  Directors’ Perspectives

Gerry Mossinghoff, Q. Todd Dickinson, James Rogan, Bruce Lehman and Jon Dudas will join Michelle Lee for this panel.  Guided by the moderator, they will discuss the challenges they faced as heads of the Office, where the Office is today and what they see for the future in terms of the Office and the modern IP protection system.

The Challenge of the Future

This panel will provide an outside perspective from individuals who have benefited from the US IP system or through their research and writing bring important knowledge of the benefits and challenges of IP protection.  National Inventor Hall  of Fame inductees Jim West and Al Langer will be joined on this panel by Candice Elliott an internationally recognized thought leader, executive, entrepreneur, and technologist/inventor in the flat panel display and semiconductor industries.

For more information contact the Office of Innovation Development at 1-866-767-3848