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Upcoming events and news in the world of innovation


Right Around the Corner: Annual Inventors Conference at the USPTO        

The 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference takes place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, August 15-16, 2014. A pre-conference workshop will take place the evening of August 14. This year’s speakers include an all-star lineup of intellectual property experts, including Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino and founder of IP Watchdog Gene Quinn. The 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference promises to be a fantastic opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to learn about intellectual property, particularly patents and trademarks, and how to leverage it in the business cycle.  There’s still time to register. Visit the conference Web page today for more information.


Intellectual Property Webinars

The USPTO’s Office of Innovation Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) have joined together to conduct a three-part webinar series to help business owners understand intellectual property and processes to protect it. The webinar series will be held August 12-14 and the first topic will focus on filing an electronic application with the USPTO. For more information, visit the Intellectual Property Webinar Series page.


Trademark Expo Coming in October

The USPTO’s National Trademark Expo is set for October 17-18, 2014. A popular public event since 2008, this year’s expo at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, features fun and educational activities for the whole family, including interaction with familiar costumed trademark characters, numerous exhibits featuring trademarked brands, and small giveaways. Free seminars include topics such as trademark filing basics, counterfeiting and piracy, and using USPTO trademark resources. Visit the Trademark Expo Web page 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.