November's events article


Upcoming events and news in the world of innovation

Saturday Seminar in Detroit Nov. 15

The next Saturday Seminar at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Detroit satellite office is just around the corner on November 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free workshop provides a broad overview of intellectual property and is designed specifically for independent inventors and small business owners. Visit the seminar Web page for more information.


Pro Bono Patent Assistance Comes to Michigan

The USPTO and the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Association and Pro Bono Initiative are hosting a kickoff event at the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Satellite Office in Detroit on November 18, 2014, at 4 p.m.  The event celebrates the establishment of the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project, which seeks to connect low-income inventors with patent professionals for free patent preparation and prosecution legal services. The event represents a critical milestone in the expansion of the pro bono program and the march toward the ultimate goal of providing patent pro bono coverage to all 50 states. For more information on the event, or if you are interested in attending, please visit the State Bar of Michigan website. Please join us in celebrating the event, which will be simultaneously webcast


Intellectual Property Webinars in December

Earlier this year, in April and August, the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) joined together to conduct two  three-part webinar series to help business owners understand intellectual property and processes to protect it. A third USPTO-MBDA webinar series will be held December 9-11, 2014, with a focus on interacting and conducting business with the USPTO or the U.S. Copyright Office. For more information, visit the Intellectual Property Webinar Series page.


USPTO and Smithsonian Team up to Showcase Innovation

The USPTO and the Smithsonian Institution announced a new agreement to develop innovation-themed programing at different venues over the next five years. The first event was the Innovation Festival at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., November 1-2. This family event was attended by 36,000 visitors and featured exhibits of cutting-edge patented technologies, games and activities, and presentations and movie screenings about innovation and how it happens. A website to explore innovation has also been created. Stay tuned for news of upcoming events.


After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 Extended Through September 30, 2015

The USPTO's popular After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) authorizes additional time for examiners to consider proposed amendments after final rejection. It is particularly useful in a situation when an examiner and applicant are close to an agreement. The extension of AFCP 2.0 is part of the USPTO's ongoing effort towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.

Visit the AFCP 2.0 Web page for more information.

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