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Session Topics


Sessions will include:

Wednesday Evening Pre-Conference – In this session, you will learn why patents exist and how they protect inventions. Expert presenters from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will offer a detailed explanation of patent application filing requirements; forms required and associated filing fees. These experts will also review provisional applications, utility and design applications.


Commercializing Intellectual Property Through Licensing – You've developed your invention ... you've identified a potential market ... maybe you have a partner in mind. What do you do now? This session will provide an overview of commercializing your invention through licensing. Included will be a discussion of a commercialization timeline from a transactional point of view, and information you need to know to protect yourself and maintain control of your intellectual property as you partner and market your invention. Also included will be a discussion of securing licenses from individuals and companies to use their intellectual property.

The Power of Patents – The USPTO has given the independent inventor some extraordinary tools that allow us to play with the big boys of corporate America. From Provisional Patent Applications to full patents you can build your wall of intellectual property. Learn how to leverage these tools to make money from your ideas.


Advanced Tips for the Seasoned Inventor – This session will cover complex prosecution topics including declaration practice under rules 37 CFR 1.131 and 1.132 in order to overcome prior art references, the filing of terminal disclaimers in order to overcome double patenting rejections, requests for pre-appeal conferences, formalities required in order to file an appeal, and the procedure to revive an abandoned application.

Case Studies: Successful and Failed Inventors ~ Lessons Learned – Too often, inventors attach their dreams to widely publicized successful inventors when the valuable lessons just as often come from those who fail. Don Kelly picks four of his favorite inventor narrative and discusses what they did that tipped the scales.

Design Applications – The Design Application session will teach the filing requirements for design applications. It will also cover the difference between design applications and copyrights and how design patents protect the appearance of an object and enhance its commercial value.

Going Global PCT Applications – An important goal of the USPTO is to provide the worldwide intellectual property community with the most innovative and up-to-date customer service involving the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

One-on-One with the Experts – Thursday evening and Friday morning we have allotted time for you to sit down with an expert and have 15 minutes of consultation free!

Patent Searching, Navigating the USPTO Web site, and Electronic Filing System (EFS) – In this session you will learn how to conduct a patent search. Supervisory Patent Examiners from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will provide tips and guidance that can help you search out those related patents.

Trademark and Copyright Applications – Trademarks will explore the groundwork you need to apply for the trademark that will identify your invention for the public. It will cover the definition of a mark that can be registered and the federal law that is the basis of the registration system. It will also give you a thumbnail sketch of the trademark registration process from new application workflow through post-registration maintenance. The Copyright portion of this session will cover “original works of authorship” and what protection is available for published and unpublished works.

Trademark Searching – In this session, you will learn how to conduct a trademark search. A USPTO Trademark attorney will provide tips and guidance that can help you search out those problems that could ultimately sink your business.

Working With Your Patent Attorney/Agent – This presentation covers some important factors for the inventor to consider when finding, selecting, and working with a patent attorney/agent. By selecting carefully, by knowing what the attorney/agent will need before the first visit even takes place, and by knowing what to expect during the patent application process you will have a better understanding when working with your patent attorney/agent.

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