A visit from the USPTO!
Wikipedia tells us that "The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification." But what do they really do?
Well, if you come to a talk on Wednesday, September 24 at 4PM in Maxwell-Dworkin G115, you'll find out. John Calvert, Administrator, Inventors Assistance Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be talking about what he does, why its important, and why you might want to be involved with it.
Come because patent law is interesting. Come because it will help you figure out questions to ask at Thursday's talk. Come because the intellectual property system is badly broken and needs reform, something the USPTO itself is trying to lead the way on. Come to find out why the USPTO has suddenly kicked up its recruiting efforts. But mostly come because, as this is a CS Department event, there will likely be really good cookies.