Wednesday, April 2, 2008

USPTO Celebrates Trademarks with National Trademark Expo

"T. Markey"

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is hosting the National Trademark Expo from Thursday, April 10 to Saturday April 12. The Expo is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the USPTO’s Madison Building atrium, 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Expo will feature various exhibits showing the history and evolution of trademarks and illustrating the many kinds of trademarks, including the more unusual trademarks for sound, configuration, color, motion and scent.

Such trademark characters as the Pillsbury Doughboy, M&M Candy, Smokey Bear and Sprout are scheduled to appear along with a list of exhibitors showcasing their own trademarks as well as their efforts to protect and enforce their trademark rights.

Also making an appearance to discuss the importance of trademarks to small businesses is Anson Williams, the actor who portrayed “Potsie” on the TV series Happy Days and who now owns a California-based cosmetic company named Starmaker Products®.

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