Patent applications are complicated, so if you’re going to do it, do it right.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, patent examiners from the Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office will be on hand to conduct a daylong workshop for innovators and entrepreneurs. This is a rare opportunity to learn the ins and outs of intellectual property with the professionals, and it’s free. 

According to the course description, it will “provide valuable information about various types of intellectual property protection, the patent process, and various public and private resources available to inventors and entrepreneurs.”

  • 9:30 a.m. – Registration and networking
  • 10:00 a.m. – Opening remarks, Dr. Christal Sheppard, director, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO
  • 10:15 a.m. – Intellectual Property 101
  • 11:00 a.m. – Patent process
  • 11:30 a.m. – Break
  • 11:45 a.m. – Patent searching
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. – Intellectual property in a university setting, University of Louisville
  • 2:15 p.m. – Break
  • 2:30 p.m. – Protecting your intellectual property: IP Insurance
  • 3:00 p.m. – Key inventor resources, Kentucky Small Business Administration
  • 3:30 p.m. – Q&A

The workshop is only open to 100 people. It is being held in Room 101, Translational Research Building, University of Louisville, 505 S. Hancock St.

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