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USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Written by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Posted: May 22, 2012 @ 1:25 pm
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Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for discussion on how the USPTO can improve and expand on its clean technology programs.

Clean technology includes products and services that improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution. Alternative energy sources, water and gas purification and soil remediation, as well as other technologies centered on increasing energy efficiency and non-toxic production incorporate clean technology.

Leading industry experts will provide an overview of the clean technology landscape by addressing the importance of regional accelerators and giving an update on clean tech patents.

This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in the South Auditorium, Madison Building, Concourse Level, located at 600 Dulany Street, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Due to space limitations, please RSVP by e-mail to jill.warden@uspto.gov or by telephone to Jill Warden at (571) 272-1267 to confirm your attendance. If it becomes necessary to restrict the number of attendees, we will do so on a first come-first served basis.

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  1. Been years since I attended one of these meetings. Turned out for us, it was a waste of money. The issues were:

    1) The attendees were not vetted – there were a lot of “buyers” who had no resources (factory, money), and there were a lot of patent holders with useless patents.

    2) It leaves you too open to your competitor if they also attend – they can see who you are talking too, and approach them directly.

    That said, you can get lucky. I was at another meeting, and ran into someone with something we were really interested in. A lot depends upon luck. Is someone with technology you can use in attendance? Is the technology better than what you have now in some way?

    If everything goes your way, one of these meetings can have a huge payoff.

    Wayne