Leveraging design protections for small and medium-sized businesses workshop

Gears and Circles

Join intellectual property experts from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free workshop on the protection of industrial designs, specifically designed to address the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This in-person program is being held during the 13th edition of the Detroit Month of Design, an annual festival that connects creatives, introduces them to new markets and consumers, and exposes Detroit’s design aesthetic to worldwide audiences. 

Attendees will obtain a better understanding of the economic benefits of robust protections for their industrial designs.

Discussion topics will include:

  • The importance of intellectual property for designers
  • Industrial design patents and how to obtain them
  • The benefits of public searches regarding industrial designs
  • Modern design protections that meet the needs of SMEs both domestically and internationally 
  • How intellectual property offices and government agencies can ease filing burdens, promote industrial design protections, and develop outreach programs to better serve SMEs
  • Harmonized and efficient design filing practices at intellectual property offices around the world

This program has been organized in collaboration with the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, and Design Core Detroit, a nonprofit economic development organization within Detroit’s College for Creative Studies that champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy.

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Additional information

For more information, visit the registration page or email keith.mullervy@uspto.gov in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

This program is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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