Wednesday, September 28, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.             IP Basics and Resources

Are you interested in learning about the intellectual property (IP) basics? In this workshop, you will be provided an overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) and learn the importance of understanding each type to assist or protect your ideas and business ventures. USPTO experts will provide an overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP. Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies will be discussed.

11:20 a.m. - Noon                         IP Within a Business Strategy

Would you like to learn how to use your intellectual property (IP) within a business strategy? In what ways can you leverage your IP? Come and meet the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Texas Regional Office representatives as they lead a discussion on IP strategies and why small businesses should consider them in their entrepreneurial journey. USPTO experts will cover leveraging IP for business success, why should innovators and entrepreneurs consider protecting their IP plus intellectual property as a business strategy.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.                         Further Look at Copyrights

CLE Eligible

In December 2020, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act), which directed the Copyright Office to establish the Copyright Claims Board (CCB). The CCB is a three-member tribunal within the Office that provides an efficient and user-friendly option to resolve certain copyright disputes that involve less than $30,000. The CCB began accepting claims on June 16, 2022. Parties can now file a claim, opt out of a proceeding, reference CCB Handbook materials, and contact the CCB with questions on 

Maya Burchette, Copyright Claims-Attorney of the CCB will present more information about: the establishment and composition of the CCB, the Copyright Office's implementation progress, why you might want to use - or opt out of - this new Copyright enforcement option, and details on CCB procedures. 

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.              Trademark Basics for Attorneys and Small Businesses

CLE Eligible

Join a discussion about what all entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know abut trademarks. We'll discuss what trademarks are, the benefits of federal trademark registration, and the basics of the registration process. We'll also talk abut why it's so important for any new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. The program wll close with a question-and-answer session and direct you to free resources from the USPTO.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.             Patent and Trademark Ethics

CLE Eligible

This discussion includes a brief description of the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) - enrollment and discipline. A more detailed discussion will include disciplinary decisions involving patent and TM practitioners who engaged in misconduct. A number of decisions will be highlighted to show misconduct that is often reported or discovered, e.g., commingling of funds, improper signatures, failing to detail the scope of representation to the client; and fraud and misrepresentation to the client, the USPTO, and OED. 

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.                         Diversity and Inclusion in IP

CLE Eligible

In 2020, the USPTO collaborated with Santa Clara Law's High-Tech Law Institute (HTLI) to propose a study designed to increase diversity in the patenting process. The study specifically targeted in-house international property (IP) legal departments and their practices. The goal of the study was simple: to harvest the collective knowledge of nationwide IP professionals and to produce a practical guide to fostering a more diverse population of inventors. Join the USPTO to learn more about the Diversity in Innovation Best Practices Guide and the goal of increasing the diversity of inventors within the innovation ecosystem.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.                  Basics of Trademark Searching in TESS

CLE Eligible

During this basic searching in TESS webinar, you will learn basic techniques in the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). USPTO Attorney Advisor, Jason Lott, will give a brief basic level introduction to TESS and then provide a deeper dive into its often-untapped power. In addition to common search strategies, Mr. Lott will provide guidance about other helpful searches you can perform. Get ready to learn more about topics including field code designations, narrowing your search results, differences between COMB and other field codes, design code logic and searching, vowel placeholders, and 'sounds like' searching using particular letter patterns.

2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.                         Conducting an Effective Patent Examiner Interview and Drafting and Effective Petition

CLE Eligible

Kristen Matter, Petitions Examiner from the Office of Petitions will provide a presentation on using petitions effectively in patent prosecution. Topics covered will include a brief overview of the Office of Petitions, publicly available electronic resources including petitions related data and statistics, and helpful tips and reminders concerning petitions practice.