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 six-part webinar series on intellectual property. This series will include an overview of intellectual property, ways to protect IP, patents, trademarks, copyright, filing applications, and resources available to inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs! Bring your questions - there will be time for questions and answers at the end of each session.


IMPORTANT: This webinar series is available at no cost, but you must register for each session individually. You will receive the webinar login details via email immediately after registration. Please add centeric@clients.msbdc.org to your approved sender list. This is the same email address that sends verification codes for subsequent logins to the registration system. If you do not receive the confirmation or code, please check your spam folder. If you still do not find the email, please click here.

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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
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:
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Patent Basics

This module will cover the basic facts about patents. We will explore the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. We will define the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications. Further, we will discuss the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants will also be provided. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

The speaker will be Stephen Yanchuk, Special Advisor to the Eastern Regional Outreach Office — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Filing a Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Application

This module addresses important considerations when filing a U.S. patent application including both provisional and non-provisional type utility applications. The content and format of both application types will be discussed, also addressing the necessary USPTO forms and fees, which accompany a filing. The unique nature of patent claim drafting will also be touched upon during this session. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

The speaker will be Stephen Yanchuk, Special Advisor to the Eastern Regional Outreach Office — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST
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: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST
 
Trademark Basics

This module will cover the basic facts about trademarks. We will explore the different types of trademarks, including names, designs, logos, and trade dress. We will discuss strategies to perform a trademark search, strengthen descriptive marks, and layout the steps to file a trademark application and all fees associated with trademarks. 

The speaker will be Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST


Copyright Basics

If you are an entrepreneur, you cannot afford to ignore copyrights! Join us to learn the basics of copyright and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement.

The speaker will be announced soon — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST