April's events article

Events and Announcements

Upcoming Independent Inventors Conference in Wichita

The Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference is almost here. From April 19-20, 2013, representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be in the Sunflower State to provide independent inventors and small business owners with valuable information on patent and trademark processes. Visit the conference website to register and to see the full list of speakers and activities.


USPTO and NBC Learn Launch "Science of Innovation" Videos

The USPTO has collaborated with NBC Learn-the educational arm of NBC News-and the National Science Foundation to produce "The Science of Innovation," an 11-part online video series highlighting patented technologies. Each 5-7 minute video is narrated by NBC's Ann Curry and focuses on a specific invention or process and includes information on intellectual property and how the technology makes its way into the marketplace. Featured inventions range from the self-driving car to bionic limbs. These videos are intended for middle and high school audiences, but they will inspire inventors and creative thinkers of all ages.

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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.