Join your fellow innovators at the Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference in Austin as the next stage of the America Invents Acts goes into effect. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), National Inventors Hall of Fame and the University of Texas at Austin invite you to get practical advice from successful inventors, entrepreneurs and intellectual property experts. Meet and network with your creative colleagues.

Space is limited, so click here to register early.

The conference will be held September 14-15 at the University of Texas at Austin in the Thompson Conference Center located at 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas. Presentations and workshops will be conducted by senior USPTO officials, Supervisory Patent Examiners, Trademark staff attorneys and a limited number of one-on-one advisory sessions will also be available, with guaranteed slots for the first 20 registrants.

Presenters will include:

Robert Metcalfe, 2007 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
Karen C. Parker, Director and International Trade Specialist, Austin U.S. Export Assistance Center
John Calvert, Acting Associate Commissioner for Patents Office of Innovation Development
 Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach and Recognition, Office of Innovation Development
Darnell Jayne, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 3600
Catherine Cain, Trademark Staff Attorney

Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on the America Invents Act (AIA), patent and trademark basics, searching sessions for patents and trademarks, and advanced patent prosecution.

A networking reception will be held on Friday evening, September 14.

Again, space is limited, so click here to register early, guarantee your advice session, and view the conference agenda.

The registration fee is $80 per person ($70 for seniors or students) and includes all sessions and presentations, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch both days and the networking reception.

Keynote and plenary speakers will be announced soon, so follow updates on the conference at USPTO.gov and on Twitter at@USPTOEvents.

If you have questions about the conference agenda contact the Office of Innovation Development at 866-767-3848.

If you have questions about registration contact the National Inventors Hall of Fame at 330-849-6929.

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