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USPTO event: Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product.

The USPTO offers this free event for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students every month.

The discussion will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies

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