Summer's events article

Invention-Con 2017

Robin Hylton, Office of the Commissioner for Patents

Ideas that develop into inventions and businesses have the potential to drive progress at a rapid pace. Patents and trademarks can provide protection for these inventions and benefit those businesses.

Perhaps you are contemplating applying for a patent or trademark. Or maybe you have questions about how to file for a patent or trademark. If so, Invention-Con 2017 is the place for you.

Invention-Con 2017, USPTO's Independent Inventors Conference, is designed especially for inventors, makers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and IP professionals. It promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn about intellectual property and incorporating intellectual property into one’s business strategy.

The event will be held August 11-12, 2017, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will learn more about patents, trademarks, and helpful tips or necessary steps to take in order to bring their inventions to market. This free, two-day conference will feature keynote speakers, plenary sessions, small-group breakout sessions, and information booths.

By attending Invention-Con 2017, attendees seeking insight from experts will have the opportunity to learn from successful business owners and inventors who will share their personal experiences of bringing their inventions to market and how attendees can take their own inventions from concept to marketplace. Inventors and entrepreneurs like Louis Foreman, President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, and Lisa Ascolese, aka The Inventress, will relay their stories and provide inspiration and advice.

Attendees can choose from a variety of breakout sessions designed to cover a range of information from IP basics to detailed explanations on how to prepare and file a patent or trademark application. Patent-related topics will include defining the different types of patent applications and the usefulness of each, the requirements for filing a patent application, and how the patent examination process works. Similarly, trademark-related topics include defining the different types of trademark applications and the usefulness of each, the requirements for filing a trademark application, and how the trademark examination process works.

Invention-Con 2017 attendees will also have the opportunity to hear a keynote address by Drew Hirshfeld, USPTO Commissioner for Patents, and to network with other attendees and presenters and to sign up for one-on-one sessions with USPTO experts.

Invention-Con 2017 is going to be an event that every inventor, maker, entrepreneur, small business owner, and IP professional will want to attend. Make it part of your summer plans! 

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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.