Intellectual property workshop for innovators and entrepreneurs

If you are an inventor, entrepreneur, or small business owner, you can’t afford to ignore patents and trademarks. Learn about these valuable types of intellectual property from USPTO Managing Trademark Attorney Craig Morris UNC Charlotte’s Patent and Trademark Librarian Beth Scarborough. The event is free, but seating is limited so register early.

The workshop will begin with a trademark basics overview where you will learn:

  1. How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registration all differ. 2. Why any new business should select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors that are critical when choosing a mark.
  2. The importance of doing a complete search and whether to use an attorney.
  3. What to do if another trademark owner sends a “cease-and-desist” letter.
  4. What happens after registration.

A discussion of patent searching will being at 11:15 a.m. and will cover:

  1. Basic information about patents.
  2. How to search by classification via Espacenet and USPTO databases.
  3. Tips for legal assistance.

For more information, call: 704-687-0496

The J. Murrey Atkins Library is sponsoring this event. The library is home to a USPTO-designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). The PTRC program is a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries that are designated by the USPTO to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public. To get to the library:

  • Use the University's main entrance at the intersection of University City Blvd. (Highway 49) and Broadrick Blvd. The street address is 9201 University City Boulevard.
  • After turning into the main entrance, you will enter a traffic circle but continue straight on Broadrick Blvd.
  • Turn left on University Rd. and take your first right, following signs to the Cone Visitor Parking Deck. The first deck entrance on the left is for visitors.
  • Take a ticket at the gate and go up the ramp to park.

Register today