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USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VirginiaUSPTO to Host 11th Annual Independent Inventors Conference Sept 8-9—Register Now!

Top officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and successful inventors and entrepreneurs will headline the agency’s annual Independent Inventors Conference.  The event will be held September 8-9 at the USPTO’s Alexandria, Virginia headquarters.  First time attendees are invited to participate in a pre-conference from 5-7 p.m. on September 7.  The pre-conference—a basic primer on patents and trademarks—is included in the registration fee.

Recent Independent Inventors ConferenceThis year’s conference speakers include Stephen M. Pinkos, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, John Doll, Commissioner for Patents, and Lynne Beresford, Commissioner for Trademarks.  Gregory Hart, a finalist in the History Channels’ recent Modern Marvels Invent Now competition, will make a presentation on the development and marketing of his invention.   Louis Foreman, CEO of Enventys, a product design and marketing company who works with independent inventors and corporations will also share his expertise.   Louis Foreman is also executive producer of the upcoming PBS series, Everyday Edisons.

Don’t delay; space is limited register now at

Small Business Seminars Set for Minneapolis and Providence


Registration is now open for Small Business Seminars scheduled for September 11-12 in Minneapolis, MN and September 18 in Providence, RI.

The conferences are part of STOP (Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy) a major federal government effort to protect American businesses from falling victim to intellectual property theft - both domestically and abroad.

ProvidenceIn today's global marketplace, an individual or a business halfway around the world can steal American products and branding without the rightful owner even being aware of it. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may lack the knowledge and expertise to effectively combat such theft. In recognition of this need, USPTO is hosting a series of seminars across the country to help educate American small businesses about the realities of piracy and counterfeiting and steps they can take to protect themselves.

During the seminars, patent, trademark and copyright experts and lawyers from the USPTO will provide small- and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent inventors interested in manufacturing or selling their products abroad with specific details and useful tips about protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world.

There is no charge for the conferences, but seating is limited.

Minneapolis (September 11-12):
Providence (September 18):

Conference on Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China and the Global Marketplace Set for Boston

BostonThe United States Patent and Trademark Office is sponsoring a two-day, free program on "China's Impact on Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China and the Global Marketplace ", to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 27-28, 2006 at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

The free, two-day program will provide comprehensive information on protecting and enforcing intellectual property in China for companies of any size -- from those contemplating entering the China market to those with an established presence in China as well as those who simply want to know more about better protecting themselves against IP theft from abroad.

Topics will include a review of China’s laws and regulations that may affect how a business protects and enforces its intellectual property, how best to protect business assets to avoid intellectual property problems in the first place, how to recognize when an intellectual property asset has been infringed, what to do if infringement occurs, and what the U.S. government is doing to improve the intellectual property protection and enforcement environment in China. This program is part of the USPTO’s continuing commitment to increase public awareness of intellectual property rights and the enforcement of these rights in the global marketplace.

Register Now: Boston (September 27-28):

"Protect Your Intellectual Property in Europe" - September 7th Seminar, Washington, D.C.

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