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U of I College of Law, U.S Patent and Trademark Office Open Center in Boise

November 02, 2017

The University of Idaho College of Law has partnered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to open a patent and trademark resource center at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in Boise.


The Idaho Patent and Trademark Resource Center will host a free public seminar Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, with an event for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, students and legal professionals. The daylong seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Legacy Pointe Room of the Idaho Water Center. A light reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. 


The resource center, the only one of its kind in the state of Idaho, is scheduled to begin serving patrons Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, inside the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center at Boise.  It will provide resources and trained staff for anyone interested in accessing patent and trademark information.


The Idaho Patent and Trademark Resource Center will also provide support to the Idaho Patent Pro Bono Program - administered through the College of Law – which connects qualified Idaho inventors seeking advice about the patent process with volunteer attorneys who are qualified to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Seminars during the Nov. 15 event by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office staff will include:

  • “Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets”
  • “Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases”
  • “Conducting a Preliminary Federal Trademark Search Using USPTO Databases”
  • “Invention Promotion Scams: Asking the Right Questions”
  • Local Resources Panel


The event is free but pre-registration is required and can be completed at:

Media Contact: 
Cara Hawkins-Jedlicka
Marketing and Communications Manager
University of Idaho College of Law

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