Protecting Your IP

Join us for a free public seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, students and legal professionals. Learn from experts from the US Patent and Trademark Office Resource Center Program.

Topics covered include an overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and how to conduct both a preliminary federal trademark and/or US patent search using USPTO databases. A short presentation on asking the right questions of invention promotion firms is included along with a local resources panel for you to learn from!


Start Time End Time Session
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Sign-in and Pick Up Registration Packets
9:30 AM 9:45 AM Welcome & Introductions
9:45 AM 11:00 AM Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
11:00 AM 11:15 AM BREAK
11:15 AM 12:30 PM Conducting a Preliminary Federal Trademark Search Using USPTO Databases
12:30 PM 1:30 PM LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 PM 2:45 PM Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases
2:45 PM 3:00 PM BREAK
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Invention Promotion Firms: Asking the Right Questions
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Local Resources Panel