Intellectual Property Iconathon

Icon with a stamp, a copyright symbol, and an award

*Update: Thanks to all who participated in the Iconathon.  See which icons made the final cut.

Noun Project has teamed up with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to host an Iconathon for Intellectual Property (IP).  The public design workshop will take place on Friday, August 28th at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

We're bringing together intellectual property experts from the USPTO, and other advocates who will work side-by-side with the highly talented designers from AIGA D.C and Code for NOVA. The goal of this workshop is to create a set of internationally recognizable icons that will help increase communication around intellectual property. 

Russ Sliffer, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will kick off our discussion on intellectual property. Edward Boatman, co-founder of Noun Project, will present on semiotics and best icon design practices.  Participants will work in groups with designers & IP experts, so everyone will be able to participate and contribute – no art skills necessary! 

The icons created during this event will be released into the public domain for use on the USPTO website with the hopes of international recognition and distribution.

Iconathons are organized to engage the general public in the design process and participants include both designers and non-designers. No design or art skills are necessary, all are welcome to participate. The Iconathon is free to attend but tickets are limited, please RSVP.

Referents List

  • Infringement
  • Trade Secret
  • STEM
  • Invention
  • Patent (utility)
  • Patent (design)
  • Patent (plant)
  • Patent (pending)
  • Inventor (small/independent)
  • Inventor (large)
  • Inventor (micro-entity)
  • Pro Bono
  • Pro Se
  • Trademark
  • Service Mark
  • Counterfeit (fake or piracy)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Prior Art
  • Maker
Portrait of Russell Slifer
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)