Mesa County Libraries and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invite interested Western Colorado residents to spend a day with USPTO staff for an Intellectual Property Workshop and the grand opening of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Central Library.
The day-long event is set from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Central Library, 443 N. 6th St. in Grand Junction.
Because space is limited, those planning to attend the workshop are asked to preregister online or by calling Mesa County Libraries at 970-243-4442. The public is asked to register by Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The workshop is open to the public at no charge.
This event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, inventors, business owners and managers, marketers, educators, librarians, and others with an interest in patenting inventions and designs or protecting trademarks and service marks.
Topics to be addressed at sessions throughout the day are: an overview of patents and trademarks; conducting a preliminary federal trademark search using the USPTO website and databases; and avoiding invention-promotion scams.
A Local Resources Panel Discussion also will be held to discuss local sources of patent and trademark assistance for entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses. Scheduled panelists are:
- Julie Morey, Director, Grand Junction Small Business Development Center
- Tom Benton, Director, The Maverick Innovation Center, Colorado Mesa University
- Lloyd Quesenberry, intellectual property attorney, Rider & Quesenberry, LLC
- Mark Radtke, assistant regional director, USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office
- Nick Tinney, manager, GJMakerspace, and owner, iC3 Engineering
Here is more information about Mesa County Libraries’ designation as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.