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Save the Date: Annual Inventors Conference at the USPTO

The 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference dates have been announced! This year, the conference will take place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Va., August 15-16, 2014. A pre-conference workshop will take place the evening of Aug. 14. Canceled in 2013 due to the federal government shutdown, the 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. Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information.


National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductions

The National Inventors Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2014 on May 21, 2014. This year's inductees included five living innovators and nine who are no longer with us, all whom have made immeasurable contributions to the progress of science and technology and our way of life. During the induction ceremony at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va., Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee congratulated the 2014 class and honored past inductees, who watched on from the audience. For more information about this year's class of inventors, visit invent.org.


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.

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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.