Are you an inventor or entrepreneur with a small or home-based business? Want to learn what's required to register/file an online trademark application yourself? Need to have basic trademark questions answered before doing so? Receive the correct information straight from the USPTO and learn everything you need to know about trademarks and the easy registration process.
Join IASL and the USPTO for an EXCLUSIVE LIVE online session with the MOST knowledgeable and qualified Trademark Expert, Mr. Jason Lott, Patent Attorney Advisor for Trademark Educational Outreach.
(Register BELOW to receive the WEBex access link on Wednesday to participate in the LIVE session on Thursday, Aug. 19th at 6:00 pm).
Are you a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, are critical to your business strategy.
Register early for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property, coming August 18-20.
Note this year’s special student programming: The August 18 agenda will feature Gitanjali Rao, inventor and TIME magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year, and other young innovators who will share their experiences and insights. Please feel free to share the event link: www.USPTO.gov/InventionCon
Take this opportunity to hear from business and government experts about turning ideas into innovations, protecting your work, and accessing valuable resources that can help you succeed in the marketplace. Keynote speakers Serene Almomen, CEO of Senseware, and recording artist Ansel Brown will share their insights on science, technological innovation, music, and business.
Presentations and workshops will cover:
Invention-Con 2021 will also include a wide range of virtual exhibitors from the USPTO and other federal government agencies.
This event is offered by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For questions or assistance, please contact inventioncon@USPTO.GOV
The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats year-round. Find one that interests you on the USPTO events page.
Invention-Con is the USPTO's annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work.
Failure occurs every day, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism. While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. — Henry Ford
Here are 10 famous failures to success stories around the world that will inspire you to keep going and achieve greatness:
During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure. Why? Simply because she was once a failure too.
A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words,
“I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success... CLICK PICTURE TO THE RIGHT TO READ MORE!
St. Louis is no stranger to invention. The ice cream cone, toasted ravioli, provel cheese, gooey butter cake – we’ve heard of the city’s most famous food inventions. But St. Louis, and the state we reside in, can claim many more – iced tea and 7up were both invented in St. Louis – as well as more impressive inventions.
Susan Elizabeth Blow opened the first Kindergarten in Des Peres School in 1873. Blow directed and taught a class of forty-two students – all paid from her own pocket. About 150 women volunteered to work at Blow’s kindergartens between 1876-1877.
Annie Turnbo Malone moved to St. Louis in 1902, and the skilled chemist quickly became a millionaire by developing and marketing hair products for black women. She donated most of her wealth – particularly to causes that advanced the African American community in St. Louis.
In 1885, George C. Hale invented a new type of suspenders for firemen that were treated with a fireproof chemical. They were intended to allow a firefighter to retrieve a rope from the ground so they could lower themselves to safety if trapped on the second floor of a building.
And we’re still inventing. St. Louis can claim recent inventions making a difference in the health field including a better blood glucose monitor for people with diabetes, a better breast pump for new mothers, and “cancer goggles” that may revolutionize cancer treatment and surgeries. There are also inventions created elsewhere but whose inventors were born and raised here. Aunt Jemima pancake flour was invented in St. Joseph, Missouri and became the first ready-mix food sold commercially in 1899... So was the inventor of LCD technology. James Fergason was born in Wakenda, Missouri in 1934 and graduated from Mizzou. He was awarded more than 100 patents during his lifetime – including the aforementioned LCD technology.
What causes inventors to create? What lead St. Louisan Bob Chandler to build the first monster truck in the mid-1970s, or in 1981, to videotape his “Big Foot” truck crushing two normal sized cars as a promotion for his truck shop? Whatever the reason, two years later he had a sponsorship from Ford Motors; the rest is history.
Invention comes in many shapes and sizes and from every corner of the world, but at HEC we focus on the inventors and inventions shaping the world that come from our own backyards.
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BENEFIT FROM Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" Video used by permission of The School District of Philadelphia. All rights reserved. Speech reprinted in A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students, part of the King Legacy Series, published by Beacon Press. This is the first time the speech has been published in its entirety.)
"And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead, or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.
If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are."
— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be inspired by the many historical speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. that still provide many valuable life lessons.
Gain a clearer understanding of the inventing process and the “business” aspect of innovation and get started on an accelerated path to development!