Inventors Eye | Announcements

Inventors Eye | Announcements
Inventors Eye
Inventors Eye Aug20120

The USPTO's bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community

Texas Rgional Independent Inventors Conference

Announcements for August and September

Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference to Be Held Sept. 14-15

Representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are once again traveling to a location near you to provide expert advice and conduct workshops on the patent and trademark process. This time, the conference will be held on campus at the University of Texas at Austin, in beautiful Austin, Texas, state capital and home to a vibrant entrepreneur and inventor community. Speakers at the conference also include local business leaders and distinguished professors from the University of Texas.

Conference dates are Sept. 14-15. Check the conference homepage regularly for further updates and announcements.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin and Invent Now.

USPTO Launches First Satellite Office, Announces Locations for Three More

July was a big month for the USPTO, as it saw the first-ever expansion outside the Washington, D.C., area since the authorization of a patent office in the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office in Detroit opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13 and officially started business the following Monday, July 16. The new office, which is named for the inventor of the automatic steam engine lubricating cup-an important invention during the early years of industry in the United States-is a hub for innovation and economic development in the Midwest region of the United States. McCoy, born to former slaves in 1849, lived most of his life in the Detroit area and received 57 patents during his lifetime.

The USPTO also announced on July 2 the locations for three additional satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.

To read more about the USPTO satellite offices, read the USPTO press release.