Patents and Trademarks 101

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A Free Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals to celebrate WIU’s designation as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Registration Information Below!

Event Information

September 13, 2012
Garden Lounge, Malpass Library
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Campus Map and Parking

Agenda - (Subject to Change)

9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Phyllis Self, Dean of University Libraries
Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets / Making the Best Use of the USPTO Website
Tom Turner, Librarian, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
Conducting a Patent Search, Step by Step
Tom Turner
12:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Conducting a Federal Trademark Search, Step by Step
Daphne Joseph, Librarian, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
Panel Discussion on Local Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Chris Merrett, Director. Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs.  Macomb, IL
Gregg Garrett, Director. Illinois Small Business Development Center. Macomb, IL
Ryan Lilly, Manager. The Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois. Galesburg, IL
William Pratt, Director,  Engineering Program, WIU QC campus, and holder of 6 patents. Moline, IL
William Lindquist, retired Patent Judge for USPTO's Office of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Aledo, IL

How to Register

  • Call Chuck Malone at 309-298-2719
  • Email Chuck Malone at with the following information:
    • Name
    • Phone Number
    • Address
    • (If you need a parking pass) - Year, Make, Model, and License Plate Number of Car:

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