Past, Present, and Future: Celebrating 5 Years of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO

Five Years of Innovation

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Join in the celebration as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office marks the 5th anniversary of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office as we celebrate the success of the first regional office in the U.S. patent system's 227 year history. 

Our innovation focused forum will feature the following USPTO leaders, and other honored guests:

Joe Matal portrait

Joseph MatalPerforming the non-exclusive duties and functions of the USPTO Director

David Ruschke portrait

David P. Ruschke, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Christal Sheppard portrait

A. Christal Sheppard, Director, Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office

John Mohyi portrait

John Mohyi, Founder, Mohyi Labs

Sangeeta Shah portrait

Sangeeta G. Shah, Shareholder, Brooks Kushman

Bryant Walker Smith portrait

Bryant Walker Smith, Affiliate Scholar, Stanford University


2 p.m. Welcome remarks by Dr. Christal Sheppard, USPTO

2:05 p.m. Panel discussion with speakers Sangeeta G. Shah and John Mohyi, moderated by Dr. Christal Sheppard

2:40 p.m. Remarks by Bryant Walker Smith, Chief Judge David Ruschke, and honorary guests

3:30 p.m. Remarks by Joe Matal

3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks by Dr. Christal Sheppard

To RSVP email: or call 313-446-6516.

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