USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office Update

by John Roberts on March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office Update
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Check out the USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events

Join us for our signature monthly programming for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs—all available virtually. The eight-part Path to a Patent series kicks off this spring season starting April 2, followed by the eight-part Trademark Basics Boot Camp series starting on April 6, followed by the four-part Patent Prosecution Boot Camp series starting on April 7.

Be sure to check our event listings for updates and new programming planned throughout the region.

Upcoming regional office events


2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round

April 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

The National Patent Application Drafting Competition (NPADC) is a team competition that introduces law students to U.S. patent laws and regulations, and it seeks to develop each participating student’s patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. The competition started with 51 teams and is now down to the final five. Each team will defend their strategy to a live panel of distinguished judges drawn from the greater patent community.

Visit our Midwest Regional Office or Startup Resources pages for more information.

Event series

The Path to a Patent

The Path to a Patent quarterly series covers everything from intellectual property (IP) basics, to patent searching, to what you’ll need to draft and submit your patent application. The series is part of our ongoing IP training for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Trademark Basics Boot Camp

This free USPTO event series provides a comprehensive overview of the process for federal trademark registration and maintaining a federal trademark. Trademark Basics Boot Camp is offered regularly throughout the year. During each series run, we cover one module weekly for eight weeks, within each module focusing on different aspects of trademarks and the registration process. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur seeking to protect your brand and product identities, Trademark Basics Boot Camp is for you.

Patent Prosecution Boot Camp

Are you a law student interested in pursuing a career in IP? The USPTO is offering an interactive four-part course on patent prosecution. Don’t miss your chance to learn from USPTO experts about the patent process and the ways patent examiners review your patent application.

Coming this quarter

USPTO Design Day 2021

April 22, 1-4 p.m. ET

Join us for a morning of lively and thought-provoking discussion about various aspects of design patents, hosted by the USPTO. Get insights from USPTO design examiners and managers, design patent practitioners, and industrial designers.

Event pages and details are available on our events calendar.

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