Category: Patent & Trademarks

Protecting Intellectual Property in the Craft Beverage Sector

Craft beverage producers invest significant resources into developing their intellectual property – from brand-building to technology innovations, much of a company’s value is linked to IP. That’s why due diligence is so important: when it comes to intellectual property, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this webinar, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers insights into the key IP issues that craft beverage producers should be aware of and Port City Brewing Company shares its experience developing and deploying a proactive approach to its intellectual property.

Speakers:

  1. Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director, US Patent and Trademark Office

  2. Jason Lott, Attorney Advisor for Trademarks Customer Outreach, US Patent and Trademark Office

  3. Bill Butcher, Founder, Port City Brewing Company

  4. Chris Van Orden, Manager of Craft Beverage Assistance, Virginia SBDC at George Mason University

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Copyright Basics and Considerations for Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur, you cannot afford to ignore copyrights. Attend this free 90-minute webinar for U.S. entrepreneurs and small businesses. Join experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs to learn the basics of copyright and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Trademark Basics

This module covers the basic facts about trademarks. We explore the different types of trademarks, including names, designs, logos, and trade dress. We discuss strategies to perform a trademark search, strengthen descriptive marks, and layout the steps to file a trademark application and all fees associated with trademarks.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Intellectual Property 101

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session covers:

  1. What is the USPTO?
  2. An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  3. Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  4. How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Patent Basics

This session explored the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. It also defined the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications and discussed the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants will also be provided.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Learn about U.S. Design Patents

Before you file your patent application, you need to conduct a prior art search. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners. This session covers essential questions, including:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is useful for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Patents: Learn How to Conduct a Prior Art Search

Before you file your patent application, you need to conduct a prior art search. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners. This session covers essential questions, including:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is useful for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Filing a Provisional or Non-Provisional Utility Patent Application

This video covers important considerations when filing a U.S. patent application including both provisional and non-provisional type utility applications. The content and format of both application types is discussed, also addressing the necessary USPTO forms and fees, which accompany a filing.

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USPTO Patent Resources

The USPTO has a wealth of resources for individuals interested in learning more about protecting their intellectual property and who need assistance doing so. Learn about these various resources, many of which are free, and put them to work for you as you begin or continue down your path of innovation.

Webinars presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Patent Apps & Software

This program focuses primarily on the use of utility patents to protect an app or software while also addressing other forms of intellectual property that are pertinent and best practices when pursuing a utility patent.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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