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USPTO’s 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Register today while space is still available!

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to attend the 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference The Independent Inventors Conference provides an opportunity to learn about patents, trademarks and gather tips from experienced inventors. The conference will be held November 5-6, 2009 in Alexandria, VA, at the USPTO campus.

A pre-conference workshop (November 4, 2009 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.) is included with registration for anyone interested in learning patent basics and how they protect inventions. This workshop is for beginners and is a good foundation for the conference.

The two-day event will include breakout sessions by USPTO experts about patents, patent searching, claim drafting, trademarks, trademark searching, obviousness and tips for seasoned inventors.

Dynamic general sessions ranging in topic from commercializing intellectual property to lessons learned from successful independent inventors will also be offered each day with presentations by:

  • David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),
  • Michael Lee, Vice President of the Licensing Executive Society (USA/Canada),
  • Thom Ruhe, Director of Entrepreneurship for Kauffman Foundation,
  • Louis Foreman, the founder and Chief Executive of Enventys® and the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons,
  • William Morris, III, trademark counsel for Under Armour®, Inc.,
  • Successful inventor Don Skomsky, winner of the NASA’s Create the Future Competition, and
  • Stephen Key, inventor of his patented Spinformation (rotating label technology).

To register for the 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, please visit: More information about the event is available at

If you have any questions, please contact the Inventors Assistance Program at 571-272-8850


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