Wichita will become invention central for a weekend during a regional conference put on by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 19 and 20.
Attendees will get to talk to office staff about applying for patents and trademarks, get tips from successful inventors, catch up on changes in patent and trademark law and network with other inventors.
The featured speaker will be Louis Foreman, a serial entrepreneur and the founder of EdisonNation, a website that seeks to connect inventors with companies that commercialize inventions.
Event organizer Debra Franklin, director of operations for the Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement at Wichita State University, said she hopes for between 150 and 250 attendees.
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The two-and-a-half day event is $90 and will be held at the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N. Webb. Go to www.uspto.gov/inventors/events for more information.
“One of the things that’s super cool is we’ll have one-on-ones with people from the patent and trademark office,” Franklin said. “It’s a unique chance to speak to an expert confidentially.”
This is the last inventors conference for the foreseeable future because of budget cuts caused by the federal sequester, she said.
She said the center got a call last week from federal staffers saying they were in the process of evaluating events in light of the current fiscal climate. A few days later, they were told that because they were so close to the event that WSU was granted an exception.