Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2014 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event, which attracts thousands of visitors of all ages, is designed to educate the public about trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace.
Exhibitors are invited to showcase their federally-registered trademarks through educational exhibits, including outdoor and indoor-themed displays, booths, costumed characters, and inflatables. In addition, the Expo will feature educational seminars for adults and workshops and activities for children.
Applications to exhibit will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Ability to engage the public's interest in trademarks;
- Brand recognition among consumers;
- Category diversity, in particular whether an applicant's participation helps ensure that the Expo will feature a variety of different types of marks from different sources; and
- Educational value of the proposed exhibit to enhance public understanding of the value of trademarks and other marks.
Space is limited, so owners of federally-registered trademarks who wish to participate in this year's Trademark Expo should submit an application by May 16, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those selected to exhibit should be notified by June 15, 2014. For more information and exhibitor applications, visit www.uspto.gov/TMExpo.
For non-press inquiries, please email TMExpo@uspto.gov or contact Andrew Lawrence at (571) 272-9342 or Carol Spils at (571) 272-9226.
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