The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that the National Trademark Expo will take place on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The two-day event will include themed displays and seminars on topics such as anti-counterfeiting efforts; shape, sound, and color trademarks; 100-year-old registered trademarks; and the evolution and history of trademarks.
Exhibitors will include Dippin Dots, Inc., Caterpillar Inc., The Hershey Company, Elevation Burger, and many more, while some characters in attendance will include Winnie the Pooh, Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Betty Boop, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Sprout, GEICO’s Gecko, and others.
The activities and events are free and include the following:
- “What Every Small Business Must Know About Intellectual Property”
- “Why Buy ‘Legit’: About Counterfeit Goods”
- “Top Mistakes in Trademark Application and How to Best Avoid Them”
- “Trademarks 101″ which covers basic facts about trademarks and trademark law
- The pro se video featuring Jason Lott and others will play on a loop in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum throughout the Expo
- “How to File a Trademark” at the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) booth
For more information, see the USPTO website.