The Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference will be held April 27-28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla., at the Embassy Suites located on the campus of the University of South Florida. This regional event is co-sponsored by Invent Now and the National Academy of Inventors. Senior USPTO officials, successful inventors and intellectual property experts will be on-hand to provide practical advice and information for novice and seasoned inventors. 

A pre-conference workshop on April 26 from 5-7 p.m. is included in the registration fee. It will cover the basics of the patent process. If you cannot attend, this session will be repeated as a breakout session on April 27.

Speakers include Margaret (Peggy) Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, John Calvert, Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation Development, Catherine Cain, Trademark Attorney, Legal Policy Office, Pamela Riddle Bird, CEO Innovative Product Technologies and Louis Foreman, producer of Everyday Edisons.

Afternoon breakout sessions will provide basic patent and trademark information, a searching session for patent and trademarks, advanced patent prosecution, insight on the America Invents Act, and discussion of local resources available to inventors.

Space is limited so register early. The registration fee is $80 per person. The registration fee includes all sessions and presentations, morning and afternoon refreshment, lunch both days and a networking reception on April 27. 

If you have questions about the conference please call 866-767-3848.

If you have questions about registration or difficulty registering please contact Invent Now at 330-849-6878.