Free Trademark Basics Workshop – It’s All in a Name

Screenshot of USPTO Notice of opposition for KDB Pty Ltd

The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a free trademark workshop for beginning entrepreneurs and small businesses. The workshop will be held Saturday, December 11, 10:30am to 12:30pm in room 241/242 Dunbar Library.

Trademarks are important unique identifiers for commerce, and are a critical piece of a business’ intellectual property. This workshop will provide a foundation for those looking to get a trademark or service mark. Avoid the dreaded “cease-and-desist” letters and the upheaval of having to re-brand your business by determining what current marks exist in the marketplace.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the differences between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching registered marks will be demonstrated using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and the USPTO trademark database TESS.   A hand’s on portion will allow participants to practice some of the skills learned during the workshop.  A TEASPlus application filing will be demonstrated.  Evidence of use and specimens will also be explained.

Register here Seating for the workshop is limited to 10 to allow for social distancing and is filling up fast! If you cannot attend this workshop but want more information, contact Ran Raider, government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at [email protected] or by calling (937) 775-3521.

In 2000, the Wright State University Libraries were designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The PTRC is a regional public outreach program supported by the USPTO.