March's events article

March and April

Upcoming events and news in the world of innovation

2015 Innovation Festival Accepting Applications

The USPTO and Smithsonian Institution continue working together encouraging exploration and engagement of invention and innovation in society. The signature event of this collaboration is the exciting Innovation Festival, to be held September 26-27, 2015, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Inventors and patent holders are encouraged to apply to exhibit their cutting-edge patented technology. At the 2014 festival, more than 30,000 visitors attended the event over two days. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better. Visit the festival Web page and apply to exhibit today! 


Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium in New York City

The USPTO and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association host the 4th annual Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 28, 2015, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, New York. The FREE one-day seminar focuses on women entrepreneurs, intellectual property, and strategies and opportunities for women-owned businesses. Visit the symposium Web page for more information and to reserve your place today. 


USPTO at the Inspire Innovation Festival in Minneapolis

Representatives from the USPTO will be at the Inspire Innovation Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 30-May 1, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from an impressive lineup of speakers, network with other inventors and entrepreneurs, and view exhibits featuring the latest innovations. Exhibitors receive additional opportunities and workshops. If you’re in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, stop by and talk with USPTO personnel. The Inspire Innovation Expo is sponsored by the Minnesota Inventors Congress.


USPTO Unveils Improved Patent Assignment Search

Patents always include the name of the inventor(s), but the people with their names on it may not own the rights to the patented invention for which they are credited. Whoever owns the rights to the patent is referred to as the assignee. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released an improved online tool that makes patent assignment information more transparent and easier to find. The new tool is user-friendly and adds additional fields and filters to the search options. It’s all part of the president’s Open Data and Open Government initiatives to improve data transparency and accessibility. Visit the assignment search page for more information. The public’s feedback is encouraged.

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