Invention-Con 2024: Expanding your intellectual property potential – Day one

Invention-Con 2024 -- the place for inventors, makers, and entrepreneurs. USPTO's inventors conference. August 16-17 In person and virtual

Do you want to grow your intellectual property (IP) knowledge and gain access to resources, business experts, and accomplished innovators? Then join us for the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) free, flagship conference for inventors, makers, and entrepreneurs. 

Don’t miss day one of Invention-Con 2024, coming virtually and in person, August 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Tailored for the independent inventor and entrepreneur community, our marquee event brings inspiration and resources directly to you. 

  • Learn how accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners use IP to achieve success
  • Discover resources available to assist at every stage of your journey 
  • Connect with experts who can help you develop a strategy for your innovation, from idea to market 

Register today to attend the first day of Invention-Con 2024 online or in person. 

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Also, don't miss the second day of Invention-Con 2024, happening in person only, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a USPTO headquarters open house and resource fair to talk with patent and trademark subject matter experts, tour our Public Search Facility, and learn more about free resources. 


(Subject to change. All times Eastern Time)

11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.In-person networking 
1 - 1:10 p.m.Welcome and program overview

1:10 -1:50 p.m.

Why IP is beneficial to innovators and companies alike 

Learn why it's in the best interests of companies to work together with independent innovators to find the marketplace's next hit products.   

1:50 - 2:40 p.m.

The spark of creativity

Learn how experience inspired innovation that became a commercialized product.

2:40 - 2:50 p.m.BREAK 
2:50 - 3:30 p.m.  

Monetizing your IP through licensing 

Learn from a panel of seasoned experts about the initial ins and outs of licensing your IP. We'll explore the importance of IP protection, early development fundamentals, and how to get started finding strong partners. 

3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

 Practical AI: Solving real world problems 

Learn how public and private institutions are using AI to provide solutions to businesses. Hear what investors are looking for in AI start-ups.

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.Wrap-up and closing
4:30 - 6 p.m.In-person networking

For more information, or if you have any questions or comments, please email us at You can also view recordings of our past programs of the Invention-Con event series

Invention-Con is the USPTO's annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work. This program is presented by the USPTO's Innovation Outreach Division

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This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Invention-Con