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 Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference, April 27-28 in Tampa 



Sessions will include:

Thursday Evening Pre-Conference - In this session, you will learn the essential function of patents in society and how they protect intellectual property.  Expert presenters from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will offer a detailed overview of patent application filing requirements; forms required and associated filing fees.  The applications discussed will includeutility,design and provisional applications.


35 USC 103 – What is Obvious?  - One of the most difficult subjects in patent law is deciding how close an invention can be to prior inventions and still be patentable. It’s a question that every independent inventor should ask before filing an application. Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions have changed the framework for answering this question. This presentation discusses these decisions and offers insight to the independent inventor for understanding the new legal framework.

Advanced Claim Drafting – This session helps you take the next step in claim drafting.  Understand how prior art can influence your claim drafting and learn how to write claims of varying scope.  You’ll also learn how to write a claim that covers more than one embodiment, which can broaden and strengthen your patent coverage.

America Invents Act: How It Will Impact You - Learn about the America Invents Act (AIA) and how it may affect you as an inventor. Passed in October 2011, this is the biggest change in patent law since 1952, and it offers many benefits for independent inventors and small business owners.  In this session, you’ll find out what the changes in the AIA are really all about and when they will be implemented.

Claim Drafting for Beginners - Now that you understand the basics of the patent process, learn how to properly define your invention in a claim.   In this session, you’ll learn the basics of claim drafting in a structured, easy-to-understand manner.   Key terms and their functions will be presented to help you understand how to build a well-written claim.  You’ll also find out how to review and revise a claim so that they provide a broadly claimed invention. Lastly, you’ll find out the difference between independent and dependent claims and why it matters.

One-on-One with the Experts - Friday evening and Saturday morning we have allotted time for you to sit down with an expert and have 15 minutes of free consultation! This is a great time to ask questions that are important and relevant to you and get answers from highly knowledgeable figures in the intellectual property community.

Patent Searching and Navigating the USPTO Web site - In this session you will learn how to conduct a patent search using the powerful research tools available on the USPTO web site.  Supervisory Patent Examiners from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will provide tips and guidance that can help you search out those patents related to your application.

Patents – Utilities and Designs - Most people understand concepts of real property and personal property, but intellectual property (IP) can be a bit more confusing.  We come into contact with intellectual property every single day as we go about our busy lives, but we are rarely aware if we are misusing those pieces of IP.  Businesses, both large and small, use IP protection to create jobs and wealth.  Individuals, non-profits and universities rely on IP protection to bring new products to market, provide much needed income and create a revenue stream so that additional research can be done.  Learn about what kinds of IP can be protected, how to go about protecting your valuable IP and what to do when someone misuses your protected IP assets.

Trademark Applications – A USPTO Trademark attorney will explore the groundwork you need to do when applying for a trademark that will establish an identity for your invention  in the public eye.  The session will cover the definition of a mark that can be registered and the federal law that is the basis of the registration system.  It will also give you an accessible thumbnail sketch of the trademark registration process, from new application workflow through post-registration maintenance. 

Trademark Searching – similar to the patent searching session, in this session, you will learn how to conduct a trademark search.  A USPTO Trademark attorney will provide tips and guidance that can help you search out those problems that could ultimately sink your business.



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