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Patents and Trademarks 101

Are you interested in patents and trademarks?  Well, you are in luck!  The Chester Fritz Library, the Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Innovation are hosting a free workshop on the basics of patents and trademarks.

Students, staff, faculty and the business community are encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 10:00am- 12:00pm

Where: IdeaLab, University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, 4200 James Ray Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58203

Workshop overview:

  • How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ.
  • Why it is important for any new business to select a trademark that can be both federally registered and legally protected, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark.
  • The importance of doing a complete search and whether an attorney should be used.
  • What may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a “cease-and-desist” letter.
  • Information on what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and how to avoid scams perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.

Speaker: Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Seating is limited to 80 attendees. Register now!

For questions, please contact Holly Gabriel, Chester Fritz Library, 701-777-4642,