IEEE-USA Partners with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO)

By Daryll Griffin

IEEE-USA has an exciting announcement for engineering entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and other IEEE members interested in the United States patent process. IEEE-USA has partnered with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) to educate members about the national and international patent process.

The first series of webinars which we have dubbed Understanding the Patent Process will focus on reviewing the how to of filing for a patent. The series began on 17 March 2016 with Patents an Overview Provisional and Nonprovisional Utility Patent Application.Utility patents are the most commonly filed-for patent because they protect a vast range of inventions and discoveries. Attendees will also learn what a provisional application does, if it is right for them, and how to file one. Watch the archived version.

The next webinar in the series is What’s the Process? Forms, Fees, Office Actions, Rejections and Allowances. This session will take attendees into the prosecution process and discuss terminology, forms, and fees. The final webinar in the series will be Copyrights – What’s copyright Got to Do with it? This session will help attendees learn the basics of copyright and recognize copyright in their businesses and in their everyday world. Inventors who focus on technology and running a business will learn valuable information from this session delivered by on the USPTO’s experts in copyright law.

IEEE-USA and USPTO will continue to partner on webinars throughout 2016. Please check out those future topics on the IEEE-USA webinar page.

Daryll Griffin is IEEE-USA’s program manager for career, member and innovation activities.


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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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