12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference Comes to Raleigh, N.C.

United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame®Foundation and the N.C. State College of Textiles
Press Release

Jennifer Rankin Byrne or
Ruth Nyblod
(571) 272-8400 or

United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Foundation and the N.C. State College of Textiles


12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, presented by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) in conjunction with North Carolina State University.


Inventors from the Raleigh - Durham area as well as nationwide.

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret J.A. Peterlin, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Peggy Focarino and other top USPTO officials will share insights on the latest developments in the intellectual property system and how inventors are affected.

North Carolina's Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall will discuss her role in the creation of new businesses and law enforcement leadership in the fight against counterfeit brand-name products and pirating of protected intellectual property.

Michael Sykes, a Wake Forest builder and winner of the 2007 Invent Now Challenge, will talk about his 25-year journey inventing a house that heats and cools itself without fuel or electricity.

Also presenting will be Louis Foreman, successful inventor and CEO of Enventys and Everyday Edisons Productions.


Friday, September 14, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, September 15, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Centennial Campus - College of Textiles, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina


This conference will offer novice and seasoned inventors alike the rare opportunity to hear from government and industry experts on an array of topics including the basics of protecting your invention, free resources available to inventors, and how to avoid common inventor pitfalls.

There will be ample time for attendees to network with experts and fellow inventors.


More information about the conference and online registration is available at http://www.uspto.gov/main/homepagenews/bak2007aug03a.htm.

Media should contact Jennifer.Rankin_Byrne@uspto.gov or ruth.nyblod@uspto.gov for more information. There is no charge for media to attend the conference.