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February 26, 2008

On-Line Chat for Independent Inventors

Every couple of months the USPTO hosts an on-line chat, allowing independent inventors to ask questions regarding the patent process. The next chat: Thursday, February 28th, from 2 to 3 PM (EST).

From the USPTO website:

Senior officials of the United State Patent and Trademark Office will be available live on-line this Thursday, February 28th, from 2 to 3 PM (EST). They will be answering questions and offering tips for independent inventors. Instructions for taking part in the on-line chat will be posted on the home page of the USPTO web site at 10 AM (EST) this Thursday. Inventors can begin logging on for the chat at 1:30 PM.

The independent inventor on-line chat is part of the USPTO's continuing efforts to promote and protect America's independent inventors. This effort includes educating inventor-entrepreneurs about the risks of working with invention development companies.

Link to transcripts from previous chat sessions.
Link to frequently-asked questions.

Posted by Mr. Platinum at February 26, 2008 10:02 AM | Prosecution


I wonder if Margaret Peterlin will be answering questions. Y'all come back now

Posted by: anoymousAgent at February 26, 2008 11:23 AM

Can anyone suggest a patent search service for a limited search? Also I have a dated and witnessed document describing my invention, should I get some type of document from the search company that they will not divulge my information?

Posted by: vkh at March 24, 2009 12:45 PM

Hi vkh:

Thanks for the inquiry.

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Posted by: Patent Hawk at March 24, 2009 2:31 PM