Exploring trademarks – it’s all in a name

The University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center is proud to present

Exploring Trademarks Workshop
Thursday, May 14
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Room 241
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

Register: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/events/register.php?id=41

How do you determine if your product or service name already exists in the marketplace? How do you seek protection for your trade or service mark?   Your trademark is important in establishing “Good Will” in the marketplace.  It is your company’s personality.  It is also important not to waste money on packaging your product when there might be a possibility of infringement with another company’s mark.  This workshop will cover basic information regarding trade and service marks, state vs. federal registration, common law marks, and  how to research and file.

The Wright State University Libraries is offering a free trademark workshop for persons interested in knowing more about the world of trademarks. The workshop is Thursday evening , May 14 , from 6:00pm to 8:30pm  in Room 241 in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library on WSU’s main campus.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the difference between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching 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 needed to determine if they can seek registration of their mark.  Online filing will also be demonstrated using the USPTO’s TEASPlus ($225 per good or service) electronic filing system.  You also have new option for using your own description of goods and services, TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF $275 per good or service)

Included in the workshop will be a discussion of the recent adoption of the Hague Treaty for Industrial Designs (trade dress) registration through the Hague Convention.  The US is now part of the Hague system for Industrial Designs.  Applicants can register up to 100 industrial designs in one application filed with the USPTO or directly with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Seating for the workshop is limited. For more information or to register, contact Ran Raider, government and legal information coordinator for the University Libraries, at ran.raider@wright.edu or by calling (937) 775-3521.