Trademark Tuesday

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.

This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view some of the informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare specific questions to ask the experts.

An Evening with Under Secretary Andrei Iancu, USPTO Director


Join us on November 8th, as we host Andrei Iancu, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for an evening with IP professionals in San Francisco at the Dolby Atrium/Cinema. Under Secretary Iancu will speak about his priorities and efforts to enhance the certainty, reliability and predictability of America’s patent system. A reception, hosted by Dolby will follow the program.

We are pleased to present this event in partnership with the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association and the Licensing Executives Society-Silicon Valley Chapter.

Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives.

The event is free and open to the public. Please register by November 1, 2018.

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Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one. This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public.

Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes. Please note, you may have to share a workstation due to limited availability. Priority to use the workstations will be given to those who pre-registered and in the order of their arrival. You may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation.

This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by November 1, 2018.

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Japan Osaka Symposium

The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) is pleased to announce its FICPI-Japan Osaka Symposium to be held in Osaka, Japan, November 1-3, 2018. Speakers for the symposium will include representatives from IP5, WIPO, Customs Officers and Court Judges from several countries. IP professionals from various countries will talk about interesting topics relating patents, designs and trademarks.

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Generating IP Value Through Corporate Spin-Outs and Other Creative Deal Structures

Panel Discussion and Networking Lunch


Online registration closes on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Prior to October 24:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $45.00
LES Student Member: $25.00
After October 24:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $55.00
LES Student Member: $35.00


Corporations invest billions of dollars in R&D, but not all of the resulting innovation aligns with the corporate strategy. Licensing or selling the resulting IP rights are common ways to generate a return on the R&D investment. However, other creative deal structures such as joint ventures, or spin-outs can sometimes provide significantly higher long-term value and other additional strategic benefits, such as establishing footholds in new markets. Hear about recent transactions that included transfer of IP assets from senior executives.

Stephen Freedman, Vice President for Corporate Liaison and Ventures, Gladstone Institutes
Maital Rasmussen, Head of Marketing, Roche NAVIFY Diagnostics Information
Stefan Tamme, VP of IP Strategy & Licensing, Rambus Inc.
Susan Wang
, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer Inc.
Moderator: Damon Matteo, CEO, Fulcrum Strategy


The SV Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members.  Members should login to the LES website to access their account.

A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after October 24. Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES for assistance: (703) 234-4058 (8:00-4:00 ET).

Disability/Dietary Needs:
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page.

Photography Consent:
By registering for this event, you permit LES and its chapters to use photographs of you with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising and web content.

EPO Presents Seminar for U.S. Patent Professionals

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

The European Patent Office (EPO) is holding a seminar for U.S.‑based patent agents, paralegals and their administrative staff. The seminar provides attendees with a unique opportunity to meet EPO experts and become familiar with best practice in its administrative processes.

Attendees will learn more about the advantages of using the EPO as the International Searching Authority and will be shown the available online services, including the benefits of using the EPO’s electronic payment services, which can help users to work more efficiently.

For details and registration, click here.

Introduction to Design Patents

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts a monthly Introduction to Design Patents lunch and learn session in its San Jose office from noon to 1:00 p.m. PT. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about the patent system and have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the patent system.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please register by October 25, 2018.

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Introduction to IP with Emphasis on Patents

A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the intellectual property landscape, with a focus on the patent system, and answer general intellectual property questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn what types of intellectual property are available to protect their inventions and creations.  Attendees will have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by October 18, 2018.

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Diversity and Inclusion v. Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Bismarck Myrick, Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will join us to define implicit bias and discuss how to spot it and how to reduce its impact in the workplace. Mr. Myrick will also discuss the laws that prohibit employment discrimination, provide an overview of the American Bar Association (ABA) model rules related to prohibited employment discrimination in the practice of law and discuss cutting edge diversity and inclusion practices currently in use at the USPTO.

One (1) hour of California MCLE credit in the area of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society is offered for this event.

Please register by October 17, 2018.

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Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a Federal facility. Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to security screening.

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other, please email SiliconValley@USPTO.GOV(link sends e-mail) or call 408-918-9900.