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The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference will be held August 15-16, 2014. After taking place in various regions around the country, the annual conference is coming home to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

For two days, independent inventors and small business owners will have an opportunity to learn, network, and jumpstart their creative endeavors. Experts and senior officials from the USPTO will present valuable information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters while successful business owners and inventors will relate their inspiring personal experiences in bringing their dreams to market. In addition, representatives from government, legal, and business development entities will discuss commercial best practices and the various resources offered by their organizations. Each attendee will have an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with a USPTO expert or IP professional of his or her choice, as well as hear keynote addresses from major figures in the entrepreneurial world. The featured keynote luncheon speaker for Friday, August 15, is Woody Norris. A successful serial inventor holding over 50 patents, Norris was the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize in 2005.

While the Annual Independent Inventors Conference promises to be a great opportunity for independent inventors and small business owners to obtain a better understanding of the legal tools available to them; one doesn’t need to travel to Virginia to receive this valuable information. In fact, an expert resource is very accessible right here…a phone call away with the IP attorneys at Cook Alex. Our attorneys offer a free 20-minute consultation to anyone in the market for legal advice on how to protect their intellectual property. With decades of experience, our attorneys have advised clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies.

So if you’re an individual inventor, a CEO of a fortune 500 company, or a president of a startup and you don’t have time for a trip to Virginia in the coming days, just give the attorneys at Cook Alex a call.