Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Webinar Series

  

patentJoin the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and the Eastern Regional Outreach Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a four-part webinar series on intellectual property. This series will include an overview of intellectual property, ways to protect IP, patents, trademarks, copyright, filing applications; resources available to inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs; understanding and interacting with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); and patent searching. Bring your questions as there will be time for Q&As at the end of each session.


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Sessions will be offered via videoconferencing using Zoom.

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This webinar series is brought to you by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

 

Webinar Modules
USPTO Resources for Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The USPTO has a wealth of resources for individuals interested in learning more about protecting their intellectual property and who need assistance doing so. Learn about these various resources, many of which are free, and put them to work for you as you begin or continue down your path of innovation. The session will also include a focus on the USPTO’s COVID-19 relief and assistance efforts. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

The speaker will be Tomeka Oubichom, Eastern Regional Office Outreach Officer — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST


Intellectual Property 101

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session. This session will cover the following topics.

      * What is the USPTO?
      * Overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
      * Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
      * How to get started in protecting your intellectual property

The speaker will be Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Patent Searching: How to Develop a Robust Prior Art Search

Knowing what inventions have been granted or proposed in your particular technology area is essential as you progress developing your inventive idea and completing your patent application. This webinar will provide suggestions as to how to approach and plan your search strategy.

The speaker will be Cynthia Sdrewski, Senior Information Technology Resource Provider with ASRC Federal.

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time:
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST
 
Understanding and Interacting with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) conducts trials, including inter partes, post-grant, and covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and renders decisions in interferences.

The speaker will be Janet Gongola, Vice Chief Judge for Engagement at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST