Free ‘Boot Camp’ overview of this important IP protection begins new 8-week cycle in January

It’s a fact in a world where intellectual property is increasingly vital: Inventors, small business owners, and fledgling or experienced entrepreneurs need to protect their brand name, slogan, or logo.

The USPTO’s Trademark Basics Boot Camp provides a comprehensive overview of trademarks and the federal trademark registration process. And it’s free.

The virtual program, offered regularly throughout the year, begins a new series run on January 10. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, each series covers one module weekly for eight weeks, with each module focusing on different aspects of trademarks and the registration process—from filing and examination to post-registration requirements for keeping your registration alive. Each module concludes with a question-and-answer period with USPTO trademark experts.

You can attend the entire series or just the modules that best match your interests, but you must sign up for each module to attend. If you attend all eight modules, you can request a certificate of attendance.

The January lineup:

  • Module 1, January 10—Fundamentals. This session covers definitions and types of trademarks, benefits of federal registration, selecting a trademark, filing and registration, and how to find help.
  • Module 2, January 17—Registration process overview. A description and how-to on this process, from filing to registration.
  • Module 3, January 24—Searching. Important principles related to trademark searching and effective use of the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
  • Module 4, January 31—Application requirements. This pertains to the initial trademark application.

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