The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) 16th Annual Independent Inventors Conference will be held August 15-16, 2014. After taking place in various regions around the country, the annual conference is coming home to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

For two days, independent inventors and small business owners will have an opportunity to learn, network, and jumpstart their creative endeavors. Experts and senior officials from the USPTO will present valuable information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters while successful business owners and inventors will relate their inspiring personal experiences in bringing their dreams to market. In addition, representatives from government, legal, and business development entities will discuss commercial best practices and the various resources offered by their organizations. Each attendee will have an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with a USPTO expert or IP professional of his or her choice, as well as hear keynote addresses from major figures in the entrepreneurial world. The featured keynote luncheon speaker for Friday, August 15, is Woody Norris. A successful serial inventor holding over 50 patents, Norris was the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize in 2005.

While the Annual Independent Inventors Conference promises to be a great opportunity for independent inventors and small business owners to obtain a better understanding of the legal tools available to them; one doesn’t need to travel to Virginia to receive this valuable information. In fact, an expert resource is very accessible right here...a phone call away with the IP attorneys at Corridor Law Group. Our attorneys offer a free 20-minute consultation to anyone in the market for legal advice on how to protect their intellectual property. With decades of experience, our attorneys have advised clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies.

So if you’re an individual inventor, a CEO of a fortune 500 company, or a president of a startup and you don't have time for a trip to Virginia in the coming days, just give the attorneys at Corridor Law a call.

New York International Gift Fair 2013

New York International Gift Fair 2013

The NYIGF happens twice annually (in January and August) and is open to the trade only. Held in New York City, the Fair hosts 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best product lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. They see themselves as an "incubator for design," fostering emerging talents along the way.

This year, there will be 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries. That's a lot of idea-makers and idea-buyers gathered in one place. Here, it’s all out on the table — designer’s and manufacturers' intellectual property for all to see, with attendees possibly assuming they can freely use your IP in their own products.

This new line of fully customizable backpacks features a patent-pending strap design. Made from durable silicone, the straps have multiple holes for sizing and adding accessories like a carabineer or one of the complementary “Calamari” charms in monster, animal and voodoo doll designs. The straps are available in ten colors, and can be removed and interchanged to customize the backpack.

For many years, the Intellectual Property Attorneys at Corridor Law Group have helped protect the IP and new product designs for manufacturers across many diverse categories. We make sure our clients have a well-written, finely-tuned provisional patent application on file for their new products, before it’s possible for others to use your IP without asking and compensating you for it. Maybe you are planning to showcase your product at an event like the New York International Gift Fair one day soon. We're here (and there) to help.

Get to the NYIGF

Twice a year, an astounding array of the world's best home, gift and lifestyle resources converge at the NYIGF®...offering an incredible selection of exceptional merchandise in one convenient, well-organized marketplace.