The United States Patent and Trademark Office is hosting its 16th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on August 15-16, 2014 at its offices in Arlington Virginia. The conference will enable independent inventors and small business owners to learn about the patent system, as well as network with other entrepreneurs and inventors. 

Senior level officials from the USPTO and others will present information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters.  In addition, experienced business owners and inventors will relate their personal perspectives in bringing their dreams to market. Governmental and business development entities will discuss commercial best practices and the various resources offered by their organizations. Each attendee will have an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with a USPTO expert or IP professional of his or her choice, as well as hear keynote addresses from major figures in the entrepreneurial world.

Attendees will also be able to choose from a variety of panels and breakout sessions that address specific intellectual property topics relevant to the modern inventor and small business owner. These sessions include hands-on workshops on patent and trademark application filing, prior art searching, and recent changes in legislation that affect business owners and inventors, among many other topics.

So if you are in the DC area, this looks like a great event for any entrepreneur or small business owner.