April's featured article

Register Now for the Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference

By Cathie Kirik : Office of Innovation Development

Tampa, Florida, April 27-28

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to attend the Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference April 27-28 at the Embassy Suites on the campus of the University of South Florida. The event, cosponsored by Invent Now and the National Academy of Inventors, will offer a host of workshops, breakout sessions, and speaking events with valuable information about intellectual property and the patent process.

Plenary speakers will include Senior Advisor in the USPTO Office of Innovation Development John Calvert, Trademark Legal Policy Office Attorney Catherine Cain, CEO of Innovative Product Technologies Pamela Riddle Bird and 2010 Collegiate Inventor's Competition winner Mark Jensen.

Afternoon breakout sessions will cover topics of basic patent and trademark information, a searching session for patent and trademarks, advanced patent prosecution, insight on the America Invents Act, and discussion of local resources available to inventors, among others. There will also be opportunities for independent inventors to sit down one-on-one with an intellectual property expert for fifteen minutes, free of charge. A pre-conference workshop on April 26 from 5-7 p.m. will cover the basics of the patent process. If you cannot attend, this session will be repeated as a breakout session on April 27.

Space is limited, so register now. The registration fee is $80 per person and includes all sessions and presentations, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch for both days and a networking reception on April 27. The fee for seniors and students is $70.

For more information please visit the Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference online or contact Cathie Kirik at the USPTO Office of Innovation Development at 866-767-3848. If you have questions or issues regarding registration, please contact Invent Now at 330-849-6878.

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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.