August's events article
August and September
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.