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August and September

Upcoming events and news in the world of innovation

Drew Hirshfeld Appointed Commissioner for Patents

Last month, Drew Hirshfeld was sworn in as the new Commissioner for Patents. Hirshfeld began his career at the USPTO in 1994 as a patent examiner and brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He was Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy before being named the new Commissioner. He succeeds Margaret (Peggy) Focarino, who retired at the beginning of July following a successful 38-year career with the USPTO. Read more about the new commissioner in the press release.


Save the Date for Startup Conference in Silicon Valley in October

Individuals interested in learning about the business tools and resources to help launch and run a successful startup won’t want to miss this special event hosted by the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office in San Jose on October 10-11, 2015. Topics will include licensing, incorporating patents and trademark protection into business models, and building successful business relationships and networks. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding the conference, but in the meantime you can call 866-767-3848 for more information.

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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.