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Trademarks and Copyrights: The Basics for Small Businesses – POSTPONED

Thursday, April 16, 2020


In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the USPTO has decided to cancel this trademark educational outreach program for the time being.

Please check back to our website periodically for updates on the rescheduling of this event.  We hope you remain safe during this challenging time.


If you need to better understand the basics of trademarks and copyrights, join us for this upcoming workshop.  There are two options for attending: (1) with other attendees in the comfort of our conference room in downtown Charlottesville or (2) for those that live in outlying areas, in the comfort of your home or office.
The workshop will include a discussion of:
  • How to select a trademark for your business that will be both federally registrable and protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark
  • How to avoid scams seeking payments for services not required by the USPTO
  • How to use images in promotional materials that will not be infringing the rights claimed by others
  • The importance of doing a complete search and whether to use an attorney
  • What to do if another trademark owner sends a “cease-and-desist” letter
  • What happens after trademark registration

These and other topics appropriate for any small business trying to navigate through the complexities of intellectual property will be covered in this session.

Speaker Craig Morris works within the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, Virginia.  Currently, he is the Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach, spearheading the effort for increased USPTO educational activities in the area of trademark fundamentals.  For fourteen years prior, he headed the Trademark Electronic Application System, helping move the Trademark Operation toward a total e-government environment.  Mr. Morris has been with the USPTO since 1983, previously serving as a Law Office Examining Attorney, Senior Attorney, and Managing Attorney.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Enterprise Center
401 E Market Street
Charlottesville VA 22902


Registration closed for this event.

Call (434) 979-5610