Invention-Con—the USPTO’s annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work—returns August 10-12.

This year’s theme is “inspiring and redefining the innovative mindset.“ Join us as inventors, entrepreneurs, and USPTO staff discuss ways to use intellectual property to achieve success, resources available for innovators, and the importance of an intellectual property strategy.

Inventors Digest publisher and Enventys Partners CEO Louis Foreman will be a quest speaker and lead a panel discussion: “Your IP, a potential gold mine.” He will share the virtual stage with Eric Ingram, CEO and co-founder, SCOUT Inc. a 2021 startup of the year. 

An agenda and more information will be posted soon to

National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI): The USPTO Office of Education will conduct a virtual program for teachers involving innovation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and intellectual property during the week of July 25-29.

NSTI combines experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers and increase their knowledge of inventing and innovating.

The application deadline is July 15. For more information, visit, or contact [email protected].

Visit for many other opportunities to attend free virtual events and/or training.