USPTO Collaborates with Noun Project to Create Symbols for Intellectual Property

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Patrick Ross or Paul Fucito
(571) 272-8400 or or

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced in partnership with the Noun Project its upcoming Iconathon design workshop on August 28, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Designers, students, civic activists, and intellectual property enthusiasts will create a set of icons that universally represent concepts related to intellectual property (IP) which will be released into the public domain to be used by the USPTO, other government agencies, and available for anyone to use through Noun Project.

What   “Intellectual Property” Iconathon

When:   August 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Where:  USPTO Campus
               600 Dulany Street
               Alexandria, VA 22314

The Noun Project works with creatives around the world to build a visual language of symbols that anyone can use to communicate. Iconathons are collaborative design workshops led by the Noun Project to add civic-minded symbols to the public domain. The workshops let the public participate in the design process and further increase understanding of civic topics they engage with. Previous Iconathons have been hosted in partnership with organizations like The New York Times, MIT, American Red Cross, and Wikipedia, and have created public domain symbols for concepts like “human rights,” “food bank,” “car share,” and “sustainable energy.”

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