October's pro se update article

2012 National Trademark Expo Set for October 19-20

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is gearing up for the 2012 National Trademark Expo. This free two-day event located at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va., features fun and education for the whole family. Kids and parents alike will delight in seeing a cast of characters featuring their favorite registered trademarks, including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Bob the Builder, the Fruit of the Loom "fruit suits," and Rutgers University's Scarlet Knight among many others.

In addition to exhibitors, there will be seminars and presentations on trademarks and intellectual property-valuable information for any entrepreneur or independent inventor.

Dates and times:

Friday, October 19, from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Last year's event was overwhelmingly popular with the public, drawing over 15,000 attendees. With more exhibitors and more great things to do this year, we're expecting an even bigger turnout. You won't want to miss it!

Please visit the Trademark Expo homepage for more information.


Austin Wrap-up

The USPTO held its Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference over the weekend of September 14-15 in Austin, Texas. The capital of the Lone Star State showed us its best and brightest innovators and made the conference a huge success. Read the full wrap-up on the Office of Innovation Development Current Events webpage.

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The USPTO gives you useful information and non-legal advice in the areas of patents and trademarks. The patent and trademark statutes and regulations should be consulted before attempting to apply for a patent or register a trademark. These laws and the application process can be complicated. If you have intellectual property that could be patented or registered as a trademark, the use of an attorney or agent who is qualified to represent you in the USPTO is advised.