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 united states patent and trademark office midwest regional office update
Happy New Year! We hope the New Year is treating you well.
We have a busy yet exciting quarter ahead of us with a visit to the area by the Acting Registrar of the Copyright Office, the Commissioner for Trademarks, the 4th Annual International Patent Drafting Competition, along with events in Iowa, Ohio, and Missouri.
Join us for our signature monthly programming for startups, independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The events below are also listed on the Midwest Regional USPTO webpage.
And remember, you can always view live Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings in-person at the Midwest Regional USPTO.

Upcoming Events

February

Intellectual property basics and Small Business Administration resources
February 7, noon – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Learn about the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents along with local SBA resources for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Trademark Tuesday
February 12, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for trademark filing tips and have your trademark questions answered by the Trademark Assistance Center.
Introduction to intellectual property and USPTO resources
February 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Detroit Public Library – Parkman Branch, Detroit, Michigan
Learn about the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Entrepreneurs: Learn valuable copyright basics
February 14, 1 – 3 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for basic information on copyrights from our Office of Policy and International Affairs.
Patent Wednesday part 2: Types of patent applications and how to file
February 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us to learn about the types of patent applications and patent filing tips.
Authors: Learn valuable copyright basics
February 20, 4 – 6 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for information on copyrights from the Acting Register of the United States Copyright Office and the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. Hear from local authors about their experiences as writers and copyright owners. Registration information coming soon.
Musicians: Learn valuable copyright basics
February 21, 10 a.m. – noon
Detroit Public Library – Main Branch, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for information on copyrights from the Acting Register of the United States Copyright Office and the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. Learn about the Music Modernization Act and how copyright plays a role in the lives of musicians, producers, singers, songwriters, and artists.

March

International home and housewares show
March 2 -5, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Startups and industry learn about intellectual property and have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from USPTO.
Intellectual property basics and Small Business Administration resources
March 7, noon – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Learn about the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents along with local SBA resources for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Trademark Tuesday
March 12, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for trademark filing tips and have your trademark questions answered by the Trademark Assistance Center.
Introduction to intellectual property and USPTO resources
March 12, 5 – 6 p.m. ET
Detroit Public Library – Parkman Branch, Detroit, Michigan
Learn about the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Science and engineering fair of Metro Detroit and Michigan science and engineering fair
March 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan
The Midwest Regional Office provides a professional award for participants in the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit and the Michigan Science and Engineering Fair. Award recipients will be honored on Saturday, May 11 at All About STEM held at the Detroit Public Library – Main Branch
Patent Wednesday part 3: Patent searching
March 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us to learn about the patent searching and how to determine if your idea is novel.

April

Intellectual property basics and Small Business Administration resources
April 4, noon – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Learn about the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents along with local SBA resources for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Trademark Tuesday
April 9, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us for trademark filing tips and have your trademark questions answered by the Trademark Assistance Center.
Brownie intellectual property patch workshop
April 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Girl Scouts join the USPTO and local attorneys to learn about intellectual property, inventor Juliette Gordon Low, and earn the IP patch. The morning session is designed for Brownie Girl Scouts.
Junior and Cadette intellectual property patch workshop
April 13, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Girl Scouts join the USPTO and local attorneys to learn about intellectual property, inventor Juliette Gordon Low, and earn the IP patch. The afternoon session is designed for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts.
Patent Wednesday part 1: Patent process
April 17, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Midwest Regional USPTO, Detroit, Michigan
Join us to learn about the patent searching and how to determine if your idea is novel.
Visit our Midwest Regional Office or Startup Resources pages for more information.



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