DEMOGRAPHICS SYMPOSIUM: Understanding the demographic makeup of inventors who apply for patents is a crucial first step for characterizing who participates in the intellectual property ecosystem, and for identifying policies that will expand participation. A one-day USPTO symposium on August 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET will bring together economists, computer scientists, and others to discuss research methods, applied examples, and new ideas.

The symposium will provide an overview of approaches from leading scholars in the field; identify a community of practitioners; and facilitate the application of common approaches.

There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required.

For more information, and for a link to register for the program, please see

BLOCKCHAIN AND IP: On August 9, USPTO and East Coast Attorney James Gatto will investigate the intersection of blockchain, patents, and open source, and the legal issues they present. The presentation will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

The virtual event will also consider potential legal and business ramifications that exist between these topics.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Please send your questions in advance or during the event to [email protected] For more information, email the same address.

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TRADEMARK BOOT CAMP: Module 6 of the eight-part series, August 9 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, will address responding to office actions. These are the official letters USPTO examining attorneys issue after reviewing your trademark application.

The event is free, but space is limited so please register by August 8 at

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