USPTO to Host Seminar For Independent Inventors

Press Release

Brigid Quinn
Maria V. Hernandez

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP), is presenting a one-day conference at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, November 18, 2000. This conference consists of various workshops for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, presenting information about the patent and trademark process, patent prosecution and the American Inventors Protection Act. Richard Apley, director of OIIP, and other USPTO representatives will address conferees, describing the initiatives the USPTO is currently undertaking to establish new lines of communication, education and support systems for inventors/entrepreneurs.

In March of last year, the USPTO opened a new office aimed at meeting the special needs of independent inventors. OIIP establishes new mechanisms to better disseminate information about the patent and trademark processes and fosters regular communication between the USPTO and independent inventors. OIIP has a website that offers educational and outreach programs for independent inventors, covering all aspects of the patent and trademark process, including how to file an application and what's patentable. The link for the website is


Saturday Seminar


Saturday, November 18, 2000
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Oklahoma Inventor's Assistance Service
Oklahoma State University
395 Cordell South
Stillwater, Okla. 74078

For additional information visit or call 405-744-8727.

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