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October 27 & 28 – Free Inventors Conference Presented by USPTO

As part of a series of programs that complement the Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are sponsoring a FREE Inventors Symposium, Thursday, October 27, 2011 and Friday, October 28, 2011.  Registration is available at this link —  This unique day and a half long event in the museum’s  Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium is specially designed for independent inventors and small business entrepreneurs.

On Thursday, the first day of the symposium, the focus will be on the recently enacted America Invents Act and its impact on independent inventors and small businesses.   Senior officials of the USPTO will also appear throughout the day and provide important information about patents, trademarks and intellectual property protection.  The day’s program will conclude with a networking reception.

On Friday, October 28, 2011, a number of experts will address how inventors and entrepreneurs can take their ideas and innovations to the next level. Topics to be covered include manufacturing, marketing, and licensing– to start and grow a business.  In the afternoon, the program will feature government officials discussing programs that are designed to assist and support independent inventors and small business entrepreneurs.

The day will conclude with a docent guided tour of the Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition.

While the Inventors Symposium is a FREE event, space is limited and registration is strongly encouraged!

Ms. Walters is a USPTO registered patent attorney (#45,197).  This blog post is not meant to provide legal advice, and if you if you don’t have time to attend, but need help answering a patent question, then please contact Bambi Walters at

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