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PTOS Education Committee presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

Trademarks & Footwear
Wednesday, July 31st from 1:30-2:30pm ET
Presented by Cynthia Lynch
Acting Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Please join us as Judge Lynch presents a CLE on trademark cases about footwear. Judge Lynch has said, “it's a pretty active area in the courts and the TTAB, and many of the cases involve popular brands like Vans sneakers, Timberland boots, and Louboutin heels.”

Cynthia C. Lynch currently serves as the acting Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO. She also holds the position of Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, where she teaches Trademark and Unfair Competition Law. From 2006 to 2015, she was the USPTO’s Administrator for Trademark Policy and Procedure, responsible for the development and dissemination of trademark regulations and trademark examination policy, and oversight of the Trademark Legal Policy Office and Petitions Office. She previously served as an Associate Solicitor at the USPTO for five years, where she litigated trial and appellate trademark and patent matters in the federal courts, and regularly assisted the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office on I.P. cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Before coming to the USPTO, she was an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she worked on intellectual property-based unfair import investigations. She began her legal career as a litigation associate in private practice. She has served as the Chair of the Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section, and as a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course.

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Questions? Please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov

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PTOS Education Committee presents:
Games You Can’t Lose:
The Mathematics of Scams and Hustles

Tuesday, July 30th from 2-3pm ET
Arthur Benjamin, PhD
Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

It’s no secret that mathematics abound in games of chance. But what about games designed to give one player a winning edge? Join us to learn the strategies of scams, plus some insightful math along the way.

For entertainment and educational purposes only. Audience members are discouraged from applying these methods to nefariously win money from unsuspecting friends or enemies!

Arthur Benjamin, PhD, Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, is recognized nationally for his ability to perform rapid mental calculations.

He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world and is the only living American with a biography in The Great Mental Calculators, Past and Present. He has published several books on how to make math both fun and easy.

He is also a professional “mathemagician” and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and worldwide.
https://www.arthurbenjamin.info/

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BYOM
(Bring Your Own Mug)
Please join us for coffee, tea and light refreshments in the Jefferson Conference Center
*All of the campus community is welcome

February 14, 2024 ----- 9am
March 13, 2024 ------- 1pm
April 10, 2024 ------ 9am
May 8, 2024 ------ 1pm
June 5 2024 ----- 9am
July 17, 2024 ----- 1pm
August 14, 2024 ----- 9am
September 11, 2024 ------ 1pm
October 9, 2024 ------ 9am

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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Trust" by Hernan Diaz
Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
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Ann Arbor, MI
Happy Hour!

Mothfire Brewing Co.

August 1, 2024 6pm‐8pm
Mothfire Brewing Co.
713 W. Ellsworth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Join PTOS for a happy hour in Ann Arbor

Each member will receive one free drink
Questions? Contact

Cathy Rastovski (catherine.rastovski@uspto.gov) or Rob Hodge (Robert.Hodge@USPTO.GOV)

PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please
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San Antonio-ish Happy Hour During a TC2800 SEE Trip Come join us at Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in New Braunfels on July 16, from 7:30pm-9:30pm! Semiconductors Examiners from TC2800 will be visiting Austin for a Site Education Experience Trip. In an effort to help foster engagement PTOS will be sponsoring an event for those examiners to meet up with their fellow employees from the San Antonio area. This event will occur in-between between Austin and San Antonio to allow for enough time for the visiting examiners to get to a reasonable location in time and get back home by a reasonable time. Come out and meet new Examiners as well as seeing old friends from San Antonio and Austin Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que 1125 TX-337 Loop, New Braunfels, TX 78130 PTOS Members, enjoy up to $7 off your meal on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL EMPLOYEES IN THE REGION OR WHO WANT TO TRAVEL IN (No “other time” is provided for this event) Contact Joshua for information about this event: Joshua.schwartz@uspto.org Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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PTOS Denver Happy Hour Friday July 26th, from 4:30-6:30 pm Come join us at: Lowry Beer Garden 7577 E Academy Boulevard Denver CO 80230 POC: Rebecca Fritchman PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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Cincinnati Metro Area Happy Hour! Join members from the TC3600 SEE trip for a Happy Hour at Braxton Brewing in Covington on July 22, from 5pm to 7pm Address: 27 West 7th Street, Covington, KY 41011 Enjoy a drink on PTOS (members only) Non-members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Jeff O’Brien or Phil Bonzell for information about this event: Jeffrey.OBrien@uspto.gov or Philip.Bonzell@uspto.gov PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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PTOS Hoteller Outreach Committee Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour! Come join us at Kardinal Hall on Thursday, July 25 from 7-9! 722 Preston Ave Charlottesville VA 22902 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Pinping and/or Philip for information about this event: Pinping.sun@uspto.gov Philip.bonzell@uspto.gov Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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Austin, TX Happy Hour During a TC2800 SEE Trip Come join us at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden on July 18, from 7-9! Semiconductors Examiners from TC2800 will be visiting Austin for a Site Education Experience Trip. Come out and meet new Examiners as well as seeing old friends in Austin Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Joshua for information about this event: Joshua.schwartz@uspto.org Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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GREAT WAVES WATERPARK Cameron Run Reginal Park 4001 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 Saturday August 17 from 11:30-3:00 BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR A DAY OF OUTDOOR FUN! catered BBQ from brickmakers catering ǀ waterslides, mini-golf & batting cages no alcohol served or allowed within park grounds ǀ veggie burgers available w/ RSVP request ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER BY AUGUST 2ND Cost to Members: $15 Cost to Non-members: $25 Cost for children ages 3 and up: $15 (children 2 and under are free) To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2024-ptos-picnic-great-waves-waterpark-tickets-935599301697 All attendees’ names must be provided with their registration, attendees will check-in at the park entrance to receive wristbands for admittance the day of the event. Contact for any questions: shelby.turner1@uspto.gov or robert.hodge@uspto.gov PTOS members must present their PTOS membership card to attend OR please contact the event organizer in advance to verify your membership status.
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St. Louis, Missouri—July 11, 2024 6PM-8PM The Armory ST: 3660 Market St. St. Louis, MO 63110 Join PTOS for a happy hour in St. Louis. Each member will receive a free drink or Big Thursday Special (Slice of pizza and draft beer or glass of wine) Questions? Contact Rebecca Eisenberg (Rebecca.eisenberg@uspto.gov) or Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov)
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Tour of the Law Library of Congress + Happy Hour The PTOS Education and Social Committees invite you to a: Tour of the Law Library of Congress + Happy Hour The tour will begin at 3pm ET on Thursday, July 18th and will be followed by a happy hour called “Live! At the Library” at ~5pm ET. All PTOS members are welcome to attend either or both of the following activities: For the tour: To reserve your spot on the tour, RSVP to Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov by July 2. On July 18th, meet at 2:50pm at the Information Desk of the James Madison Building located at 101 Independence Ave, SE. Use the main (north) entrance to the James Madison Building on the south side of Independence Avenue. See the map below. PTOS member Stefan Mikailoff will be at the Information Desk to assist with gathering everyone together prior to the tour. There is no on-site parking; however, the Capitol South metro station is located close to the building. Taylor Gulatsi, a Program Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, will lead a tour lasting roughly 1.5-2 hours. For the happy hour: Following the tour, PTOS Social Committee invites you to join “Live! At the Library”. Reservations at 3:45pm must be made in advance here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1038417/timedentry-ticket-reservations-washington-thomas-jefferson-building Make your reservation for 3:45pm as this entry will be during the middle of tour. During the happy hour, PTOS members please enjoy one free drink on us. This includes non-alcoholic options, too.
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PTOS End of Third Quarter Happy Hour at Crystal City Sports Pub (Third Floor) · 529 23rd St S, Arlington, VA · Wednesday, July 10th, 2024 @ 6-8pm first-come, first-served appetizers & 1 free drink while supplies last · for PTOS members only ·
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Las Vegas Happy Hour! Come join us for Happy Hour at Flight Club Las Vegas (located in the Palazzo casino on the Strip) on Tuesday, July 2, from 5 pm-7 pm! Address: 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S Suite 2720, Las Vegas, NV, 89109 Free parking available across the street at either Treasure Island casino or Fashion Show Mall Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Optional: Social darts playing Questions? Contact Dave Lotter or Franco Salvoza for information about this event: David.Lotter@uspto.gov or Franco.Salvoza@uspto.gov
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PTOS Denver Happy Hour Thursday June 27th, from 5-7pm Come join us at: The Colorado Pinball Pub 6209 S Santa Fe Drive Littleton CO 80120 Parking Addition Parking At Hudson Gardens POC: Thane Underdahl
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Seattle, Washington Happy Hour! Come join us at Stoup Brewing Ballard on Thursday, June 20th from 5:30‐8:00 pm! 1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Blake or Jenn for information about this event: william.partridge@USPTO.GOV jennifer.smith@uspto.gov
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Come join us at CRANK ARM BREWING on Tuesday, June 18, from 4:00 – 6 pm 19 W Davie Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Downtown Raleigh NC Craft Beer Brewery & Bar | Crank Arm Brewing - Crank Arm Brewing Enjoy a drink for each members on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Ana for information about this event: Ana.Muresan@uspto.gov
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PTOS SVRO BASEBALL & BBQ Support your local minor league team! Wednesday, June 26 @ 1 PM San Jose Giants vs. Fresno Grizzlies at Excite Ballpark 588 East Alma Ave San Jose, CA 95112 BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR SOME BASEBALL & BBQ Attendees will receive a Turkey Mike’s meal voucher and drink ticket ~non-alcoholic options available~ ATTENDEES MUST RSVP BY 5PM PT ON JUNE 20TH Cost to Members: $10 Cost to Non-members: $25 Cost for children: $10 To RSVP visit: PTOS Reservation System Questions to Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov No other time is authorized for this event.
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Hello Patent and Trademark Office Society members! The State Bar of Texas IP Law Section and the TXRO will be conducting on-site tours of the TXRO facilities as well as the FBI’s North Texas Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory on Thursday, June 20, between 2-4PM CT. The PTOS Education Committee would like to extend an invitation to PTOS members within the TXRO area to attend these tours. Location: 207 S. Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202 Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024 Time: 2:00-4:00pm CT If you are interested in attending or have further questions, please contact TXRO Regional Outreach Officer Rey Vasquez at Reynaldo.Vasquez@uspto.gov by noon CT Monday, June 17, 2024. Note: No other time will be authorized for this event. Participation in this event is voluntary. We look forward to seeing you there!
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PTOS SVRO - Baseball & BBQ - June 26th PTOS SVRO BASEBALL & BBQ Support your local minor league team! Wednesday, June 26 @ 1 PM San Jose Giants vs. Fresno Grizzlies at Excite Ballpark 588 East Alma Ave San Jose, CA 95112 BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR SOME BASEBALL & BBQ Attendees will receive a Turkey Mike’s meal voucher and drink ticket ~non-alcoholic options available~ ATTENDEES MUST RSVP BY 5PM PT ON JUNE 20TH Cost to Members: $10 Cost to Non-members: $25 Cost for children: $10 To RSVP visit: PTOS Reservation System Questions to Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov No other time is authorized for this event.
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Indochen at Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria Happy Hour · 1625 King Street · Alexandria, VA · Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 @ 4:00-6:00 PM one free drink ticket - for PTOS members only · NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS ·
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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology" by Chris Miller

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Minneapolis, Minnesota -- June 11, 2024 4PM-6PM

 

Red Cow North Loop
208 N 1st Ave,
Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

Join PTOS for a happy hour in the North Loop!

 

Each member will get a free Happy Hour Menu Item!

 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Eisenberg 571-270-5879

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PTOS Education Committee presents:

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Informational Session

with

USPTO Legal Studies Program Information

Wednesday, June 5th from 3-4pm ET

Presented by Marie Boggis and Lesley Morris

 

Please join us as:

Marie Boggis, Associate Director of Admissions from University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, shares information regarding the application process, as well as UNH’s current available programs, and Lesley Morris, from our Legal Studies Program, shares information about financial programs the USPTO currently offers to law school students.

 

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Questions?  Please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov

 

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Portland, OR Happy Hour at Bullard Tavern in conjunction with TC 1700 SEE trip!

 Come join us at Bullard Tavern on Thursday, May 30 from 5:15-6!

 813 Southwest Alder Street

 Enjoy a free happy hour item on PTOS!

 Contact Stephen Yanchuck for more information about this event: stephen.yanchuck@uspto.gov

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Omaha, NE Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Let It Fly Sports Bar

on Wednesday,  June 5th from 4:30P-6:00P!

 

 

1080 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE 68102

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Kang for information about this event:

Kang.hu@uspto.gov

 

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PTOS Education Committee is calling for volunteers!

 

SPECO, RESET and PTOS are teaming up once again to bring you the chance to plan, organize and perform hands-on science experiments with local elementary school students in an in-person format this school year! This is a great chance to give back to our local communities.

 

What’s RESET?

  • RESET stands for Raising Excitement for Science, Engineering and Technology.
  • RESET is a successful, educational nonprofit serving the Washington, DC metro area since 1988. Through hands-on science lessons, interactive experiments, and related field trips, RESET volunteers teach children in ways that are engaging, relevant, and fun, helping them to make important connections between life and learning.

 

What are the requirements?

  • Meet once per month to plan and organize a specific science experiment.
  • Pull together materials for the science experiment.
  • Travel to a local elementary school in Annandale, VA.
  • Perform the science experiment with the students at the school.
  • Watch the student’s happy faces when the light bulb turns on!

 

What’s the time commitment?

  • Approximately 4-5 hours per month.

 

This year, SPECO is excited to work with the Canterbury Woods Elementary School located in Annandale, VA.  Canterbury Woods Elementary is a public school that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning.  We engage with students by teaching labs, which they perform, such as measuring wind, understanding air pressure and flight, generating magnetism, creating batteries, and building electrical circuits.

 

There is no Other Time available for these meetings or events.

 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Arthur Hall.

If you have questions regarding PTOS, please contact Cathy Loikith.

If you have suggestions for future education initiatives, please reach out to the SPECO Education Committee.

 

Thank you!

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Jewish American Heritage Month Event

 

 

 

 Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

A Conversation with Stuart Rojstaczer, Jewish American Musician, Geophysicist and Author of The Mathematician’s Shiva.

The USPTO Jewish American Heritage Month Planning Committee, in collaboration with the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS) Book Club, invites all employees to hear Stuart Rojstaczer speak about his heritage as a Jewish American and reflect on how his background influenced his life and career. He also will discuss his book, The Mathematician’s Shiva, winner of the Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction.

 

 

 

 

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PTOS Education Committee presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

AI & Copyright as a Matter of Style

Tuesday, May 21st from 1-2pm ET

Presented by Professor Seán O’Connor

 

Generative AI tools are marketed to replicate famous styles. While artists’ performance styles can be protected under enhanced NIL/RoP statutes, compositional style cannot. In this presentation, Prof. O’Connor explores how authorial “voice” in the form of style is not at the margins of copyright but at its core. Drawing on current cases including NYT v OpenAI and the recent AWF v Goldsmith decision, they posit stylistic innovation as perhaps the last core of human creativity and invention that cannot as of yet be done by AI and why we need to protect it.

 

Seán O’Connor is a Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Innovation Law Clinic, and Executive Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Their research and law practice focus on intellectual property and business law, especially the role of general counsel for start-ups and commercializing innovation in technology and arts. 

 

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VA CLE credit will be applied for.

 

Questions?  Please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov

 

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Austin, TX Happy Hour During the AIPLA Spring Meeting! Come join us Taco Project on May 16th, from 6-8! Austin Taco Project 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Joshua for information about this event: Joshua.schwartz@uspto.org Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
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PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks:

 

Making Investing Less Taxing

 

It’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep! One of the biggest drags on investor performance is taxes. Come to this presentation to learn:

 

- How to keep more your investment earnings and pay less taxes

- To Roth, or not to Roth

- How to save for college, tax efficiently

- Other tax efficient vehicles

 

Wednesday 5/22/2024 at 12pm EDT

All are invited!

 

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Hosted by: Education Committee.

For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan.

 

No non-production time is available for attendance.

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member at www.ptos.org

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BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) on Wednesday May 8 at 1pm in the Jefferson 1st Floor Conference Center.

 

Please come for coffee, tea and light refreshments.  (We will have cups if you don’t have a mug.)  Just come and enjoy yourself with others in campus community.

 

All are welcome.

 

Sponsored by The Patents WorkLife Committee and The PTOS.

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Thursday, May 23rd from 5-7 pm – 1700 SEE trip

New Terrain Brewery, 16401 Table Mountain Pkwy, Golden, CO

POC: Holly Thurman

 

Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30-7 pm – 2800 SEE trip

Danico Brewery, 18490 E 66th Ave, Denver, CO

POC: Jamie Niesz

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JPTOS Call For Artists!

JPTOS is looking for artists and artistic individuals to create IP related comics and other artistic content!

The Journal publishes once a quarter: submissions for the Journal must be received by the second month for consideration (e.g. February, May, August, November)

 

Ideas for submissions:

-revamp famous patent drawings in historic style (patent drawings before 1870 were occasionally in color and/or ornate, see also plant patents from the 40’s and earlier)

-update historic comics published in the Journal

-comic takes on articles being published in the Journal

 

Contact Luther Behringer if interested!

luther.behringer2@uspto.gov

 

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Tequila & Taco Happy Hour

· 540 John Carlyle St · Alexandria, VA ·

 

Tuesday, May o7, 2023 @ 4:00-6:00 PM

 

one food or drink ticket up to $16 - for PTOS members only

· non-alcoholic options & outdoor seating available ·

contact: David.Lotter@uspto.gov -or- Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov  

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PTOS Game Night -  WEDNESDAY 05/01

Join the PTOS Board Game Club
for a night of in-person board games

KNOX 10TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
MAY 1ST, 2024 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET
·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays·

· LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED ·

contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov or Kevin.Bechtel@uspto.gov

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Michelin-starred chef Rolland Passot’s new restaurant across from the SVRO.

Tuesday, April 30    5-6 PM

PTOS Members who arrive before 5:20 receive a happy hour drink and an appetizer

Rollati Restaurant

181 E. Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113

Non-members may sign up at the event

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Lunch at Vietnamese Noodle Bar with Vegetarian Options
Thursday, May 2    11:15am-12:15pm
PTOS Members receive a lunch entrée and shared appetizers
 
 
Kati Noodle and Tea Bar
374 E. Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
RSVP to Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov by 12p on 5/1
Non-members may sign up at the event
 Questions to Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov

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Spokane, WA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Snow Eater Brewing Company

on Friday, April 12, from 2-4!

 

 

2325 N. McKinzie Lane, Liberty Lake, WA 99019

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Daphne for information about this event:

Daphne.Barry@uspto.gov

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The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

Powerful Techniques for Negotiating with Your Counterpart

Presented by Susan Borke

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 3-4pm ET

 

Once you are negotiating with your counterpart in real time–in the room, on a call, over video–how do you use your preparation to the best effect?  In this class, you will learn specific behaviors and actions to create maximum value for you and your counterpart, including how to:

•          Understand where to place focus in a negotiation;

•          Learn specific techniques for engaging more effectively with your counterpart; and

•          Develop a practice plan to transform concepts into habits.

 

Susan Borke, the principal of BorkeWorks, is passionate about helping people develop as effective negotiators.  She believes no one is born a master negotiator.  Great negotiation skills come from a combination of knowledge, training, and practice.  Susan has over thirty-five years of negotiating and negotiation training experience with domestic and international commercial companies, educational institutions, and nonprofits as a media executive at CBS and in-house counsel at National Geographic.

 

BorkeWorks’ mission is to help organizations and individuals tap into the power of strong negotiation skills.  Susan Borke provides a research-based, problem-solving, interactive approach to negotiation training and consulting that transforms participants into more effective and successful negotiators.  BorkeWorks programs get rave reviews from attendees and sponsoring organizations.

 

*No other time is authorized for this event*

 

VA CLE credit has been approved for this CLE.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov .

 

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BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) on Wednesday April 10th at 9am in the Jefferson 1st Floor Conference Center.

 

Please come for coffee, tea and light refreshments.  (We will have cups if you don’t have a mug.)  Just come and enjoy yourself with others in campus community.

 

All are welcome.

 

Sponsored by The Patents WorkLife Committee and The PTOS.

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Solar Eclipse

Monday April 8th 2024

Location: YARD HOUSE

Address: 5100 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

Time: 12 PM CST

What will be provided? Food and/or Drink(s)

What if I'm not a PTOS member? You can sign up to be a PTOS member at the event in-person or prior to the event by emailing neel.patel@uspto.gov

Questions? Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Solar Eclipse Glasses will be provided on a limited basis

12:23pm Eclipse Begins

1:40pm Totality Begins

1:44pm Totality Ends

3:02pm Eclipse Ends

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Indianapolis, IN area Ice Cream Social!

 

Eclipse travelers and locals, come join us at Uranus on Sunday, April 7, from 2-4!

 

 

Uranus Fudge Factory

1423 W. 53rd St, Anderson, IN 46013

 

Enjoy an ice cream on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

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The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

Searching for Order in the Complexity of Evolving Worlds:

Complex Adaptive Systems & the Santa Fe Institute

Tuesday, April 16 from 1-2pm ET

Presented by Chris Kempes and Leah Brennan-Magidson

 

The Santa Fe Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and education center dedicated to the study of complex adaptive systems. Their researchers endeavor to understand and unify the underlying shared patterns in complex physical, biological, social, cultural, technological, and even possible astrobiological worlds. They will provide a brief overview of their history, mission, research goals, and their educational offerings, including their online learning platform ComplexityExplorer.org.

 

    

 

Chris Kempes is Resident Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. He is a scientist who works at the intersection of physics, biology, and society. Chris' work focuses on a wide range of topics from ecology to the structure of human organizations to how innovations are generated in complex systems.

 

Leah Brennan-Magidson is the Online Education Program Manager at the Santa Fe Institute. She administers the Institute’s online education offerings, including ComplexityExplorer.org.

 

There is no Other Time available for this event.

 

Questions?  Please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov

 

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Join the PTOS Board Game Club

for a night of in-person board games

 

Knox 10th Floor Conference Room

April 3rd, 2024 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET

·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays·

 

· light refreshments and snacks will be provided ·

 

contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov

Announcements

What: Two hour HH before Gamebox so everyone has a chance to eat before playing

When: Tuesday, April 9th, 4:30-6:30 pm MT (immediately before Immersive Gamebox)
Where: Culinary Dropout 4141 E 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80220

Questions: contact kyle.johnson@uspto.gov

Announcements

What: 90 min of play in an Immersive Gamebox

When: Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30-8 pm MT (immediately following HH at Culinary Dropout)
Where: 825 Albion St, Denver, CO 80220

How: $20 for members, $50 for non-members, Register HERE by April 4th

Questions: contact Allison Bourke

Announcements

THE JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH PLANNING COMMITTEE AND THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"The Mathematicina's Shiva" by Stuart Rojstaczer
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
DIVERSITY@USPTO.GOV
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)

Announcements

 

Trivia Night @ Lost Boy Cider

· 317 Hooffs Run Dr · Alexandria, VA ·

 

Tuesday, April 16th @ 4:30-7:00pm

· bring a team, join a team, or go it alone ·

Game Starts at 5:00 PM!

· Only teams of eight or fewer are eligible for prizes ·

· Must be a member to win a prize ·

 

One free drink ticket - for PTOS members only

· non-alcoholic options & outdoor seating available ·

 

contact: Ryan.Donlon@uspto.gov -OR- Paul.Castro@uspto.gov 

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

Announcements

Atlanta, GA Area Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Art & Jakes (Newnan location) on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 6-8pm!

 

 

510 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, GA 30265

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Rob if you plan to attend or for information about this event: Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

 

Announcements

 

Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Selvedge Brewing (Ivy Road location) on Friday, March 22, from 5-7!

 

 

2415 Ivy Rd Ste 190, Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

 

Announcements

Seattle, WA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Über Tavern on Thursday, March 28th

from 5:30‐8:00 pm!

 

 

7517 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

notes: dogs welcome. Über Tavern is byo food

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Blake or Jenn for information about this event:

william.partridge@uspto.gov

jennifer.smith@uspto.gov

Announcements

PTOS & RMRO Worklife - Denver March Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, March 26th 5pm – 7pm MT

Where: 1UP Arcade Bar on Colfax | 717 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

What: Mid-year happy hour – one free drink for PTOS members

POC: catrina.letterman@uspto.gov, kyle.johnson@uspto.gov

Announcements

Happy Women’s History Month!

 

Please join the PTOS Education Committee and WorkLife as we co-host a:

Women’s History Month Panel

March 26th at 1pm ET

 

   

 

During the panel, we’ll focus on career, caregiving + work-life balance, and inspiring others.  The panelists will share personal stories and there will also be time for questions and discussion.

 

Questions?  Please contact Cathy (PTOS) at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov, Amber (OHR) at amber.beam@uspto.gov or Krissy (WorkLife) at Kristina.fulton@uspto.gov .

 

There is no Other Time available for this event.

 

Resilient Women of PTO

Mar 26 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

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Announcements

Dallas PTOS Social Event

 

Toyota Stadium (FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC)

9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033

Saturday, April 13th, 2024 starting 7:30PM CST

 

***Cost of event is $15 per member. Members can pay at https://reservations.ptos.org/product_info.php?products_id=173&osCsid=3o5o1faepdl795h2dne6rpsbj3. Last day to register is COB Monday, March 11th, 2024***

 

***LIMITED AVAILIBILTY***

 

Drinks and/or food will be sponsored by PTOS.

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

PTOS and WorkLife to Sponsor A Community Day Collection Drive Tuesday May 7th 2024:

 

The USPTO’s Worklife Team and the Patent and Trademark Office Society will host a Cleaning drive to collect furniture, household items, and clothing for the various charities.

Items will be accepted on Tuesday May 7th, outside the south entrance of the Madison Building, along Eisenhower Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (for multiple item drop-off, please drive up and volunteers will help you unload your vehicle).

 

Donations of goods will be accepted on behalf of the non-profit organization The Salvation Army.

 

Representatives from these local charities will be on hand to accept your donations and supply receipts.

 

For information about the types of goods accepted, contact Tonia Dollinger at 571-272-4170 or Rebecca Eisenberg 571-270-5879

Announcements

PTOS & WorkLife - College Basketball Bracket Pick'Em 

Men’s Tournament runs March 19th April 8th

sign up here: www.ptos.org/mensbasketballpickem/

 

Women’s Tournament runs March 20th April 7th

sign up here: www.ptos.org/womensbasketballpickem/

 

 

 

Show Your School Pride!

on March 19th & 20th wear your favorite jersey, ball cap, pullover or sweatshirt

 

 

 

 

No other time is authorized for this event.

This is for informational purposes only and does not imply an endorsement of any related business.

The USPTO makes no guarantee as to the nature of any products or services offered.

 

 

 

 

Questions? Contact: Rob Hodge (2-2097), David Lotter (0-7422) or Shelby Turner (2-6334)

 

 

 

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KNOX 10TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
MARCH 6TH 2024 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET
·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays·

· LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED ·

contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

An Overview of Trade Secrets

Presented by Vivek Koppikar

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 1-2pm ET

 

Please join us as we learn about examples of trade secrets and how to protect them in the US and in foreign countries.

 

Vivek received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.  In 2002, he started working at the USPTO as an examiner.  From 2004-2008, he attended evening law school at American University.  Upon graduation, he became a member of the DC bar.  He served on a detail to the Office of Patent Legal Administration in 2012.  From 2012-2018, he served as a SPE/Trainer at the Training Academy where he managed and trained over 130 new examiners, as well as other IP professionals and foreign patent examiners.  Since 2021, Vivek has been a SPE in TC 3600 in an art unit which handles applications dealing with navigation and vehicle controls.

 

*No other time is authorized for this event*

 

VA CLE credit has been applied for and is currently pending approval.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov .

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Announcements

WANTED:
Patent and Trademark Office Society
2024 Science Fair Judges (In-Person)
For regional science and engineering fairs

Fields for judging include:
Microbiology
Biochemistry
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Sci.
Earth & Space Sciences
Health & Medicine
Computer Science
Engineering

Location, Date,   Time      
Arlington County Virginia Regional Fair Sat., March 2nd  9:30am-noon
Arlington, VA (Wakefield HS)

Fairfax County Virginia Regional Fair Sat., March 16th 8:30am-noon
Fairfax, VA (Robinson HS)

P.G. County Maryland Science Fair Sat., March 16th  8:45am-noon
Springdale, MD (Charles Herbert Flowers HS)

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair  Sat., February 24th  8:45am-noon
Colorado Springs, CO (UCCS)

If Interested, please RSVP with:
Joan Goodbody (Arlington)  joan.goodbody@uspto.gov  571-270-7952
Bryan Lee (Fairfax)   bryan.lee@uspto.gov   571-270-5606
Victoria Fisher (PG)   victoria.fisher@uspto.gov  571-270-7033
Monica Young (Colorado Springs) monica.young2@uspto.gov  303-297-4785

 

Anyone qualified in the above areas, including Spouses & Friends, are invited to judge
(NOTE: No "other time" granted for participation)

PTOS Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

 

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) on Wednesday February 14th at 9 am in the Jefferson 1st Floor Conference Center.

 

Please come for coffee, tea and light refreshments.  (We will have cups if you don’t have a mug.)  Just come and enjoy yourself with others in campus community.

 

All are welcome.

 

Sponsored by The Patents WorkLife Committee and The PTOS.

 

                            

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

Henry George: A Neglected Thinker, His Thoughts, and Their Relevance in Today’s World

Presented by Nicholas Rosen

February 28, 2024 at 1pm ET

 

Please join us as Nicholas Rosen (a USPTO employee and fellow PTOS member) gives an educational presentation on the economic thought of Henry George, and how it has worked in the real world, to the extent it has been applied.  Henry George (1839-1897) was an economist and reformer who wrote books, influenced many people, and had an active mass movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He was reported to be the third best-known American of his time, after Mark Twain and Thomas Edison.  Briefly, he offered an explanation for why the great improvements in productive technology which had occurred before and during his lifetime had made some people rich, but had done little to raise the wages of ordinary workers, and why the world suffered repeated bouts of industrial depression and high unemployment. 

 

Questions? Please contact Cathy Loikith at catherine.loikith@uspto.com .

 

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EMBASSY OF AUSTRIA MASQUERADE GALA

Fri, February 16, 2024 @ 07:00PM To Fri, February 16, 2024 @ 11:45PM

Embassy of Austria
3524 International Ct NW,
Washington, District Of Columbia

 

Price: $60 for general admission; $110 for VIP admission (each member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Wednesday Feb 14th (or until sold out) through https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

Contact Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov) or Anand Loharikar (Anand.Loharikar@uspto.gov) with any questions.

 

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

International Toast Day & Sampler Kit! Sampler sales end 2/16!

 

 

Join us on Thursday, February 29, at 8 pm ET, and enjoy a toast (of your favorite whisky or bread product)! Optional belated Burn’s Night!

 

Limited subsidized whiskey sampler kits are available for member purchase at reservations.ptos.org for $37.50!

 

Slange Var!

 

Or bring your favorite bread product and discover the right level of toastiness!

 

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Announcements

KIDS & CHEMISTRY Information Session

 

Interested in hosting a Kids & Chemistry event?

 

Information Session:

Wednesday, February 7th, 1-2 pm EST

 

KIDS & CHEMISTRY IS AN OUTREACH PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS) TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE ABOUT SCIENCE

The Kids & Chemistry program offers hands-on activity guides, lessons, and advice for ACS chemists, local sections, and industry groups who present chemistry lessons to elementary or middle school students as part of the school day.

 

No Experience Necessary

 

For more information, please contact PTOS Kids & Chemistry Chair:

Curtis.Mayes@uspto.gov

 

No othertime available for this info session

 

 

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The PTOS Education Committee is hosting a panel for Women’s History Month and we need you!

 

March is Women’s History Month and we’d like to highlight experiences of PTOS women from various BUs, managerial and non-managerial positions, who are caregivers of children and parents, and have a range of years of tenure.

 

Perhaps you’re juggling caregiving and career and want to reassure other caregivers to hang-in there. Or maybe you’re a first-time SPE or manager learning to handle the squeeze of upward and downward forces. On the flipside, maybe you’re a seasoned USPTO employee taking steps to build a legacy before retirement and would like to share milestones that made your career great.

 

One thing’s for sure, you know how important it is to cheer on other women. And you’re willing to share your stories of “been there and done that (and made it through to the other side).”

 

Sound like you?  Great!

 

We need 4-5 women willing to share their experiences based on one or more criteria:

 

  • 20+ years of service at USPTO (or combined Federal service)
  • Less than 3 years of service at USPTO
  • Caregiver to children
  • Caregiver to parents
  • Caregiver to both children and parents
  • First year SPE or manager
  • 10+ years SPE or manager experience

 

If you’d like to share your experiences with others or know a woman who’d be great for the panel, and meets one or more criteria, apply here. Deadline to apply is February 16th.

 

The panel will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at 1pm ET.

There is no Other Time offered for attending this event or for participating in this event.

 

If you have any questions, reach out to Amber Beam from the PTOS Education Committee for more information.

Announcements

Join the PTOS Board Game Club

for a night of in-person board games

 

Knox 10th Floor Conference Room

August 2nd 2023 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET

·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays·

 

· light refreshments and snacks will be provided ·

 

contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov or Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov

Announcements

Patent and Trademark Office Society Annual Meeting

 

February 6, 2023

2:00 p.m. EST

 

Featuring:

 

Steven Corn

 

.          

Steven is a senior digital music executive with decades of experience in publishing, distribution, content management, digital media, business affairs, and sales. He is President of Viewpoint Consulting Services which provides strategic and business development services to a wide variety of music, social media and entertainment companies. VPCS specializes  in advising start-up companies on how to achieve their growth targets while navigating the confusing intellectual rights structure of the online economy.

Prior to VPCS, Steven was the CEO and Co-Founder of BFM Digital, a digital distribution company representing 650 labels to hundreds of digital music services globally including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Youtube, Google, Tidal, and Rhapsody. In 2014, BFM successfully exited in an acquisition by The Orchard (owned by Sony)

He also brings his expertise as an adjunct professor at the highly-regarded Los Angeles College of Music teaching courses in their music business bachelor’s program. His curriculum includes Global Music Business, Digital Distribution, History of Digital Music, and Royalty Accounting.

Steven Corn is the co-founder of BFM Jazz, an award-winning jazz label with 5 Grammy® wins and 18 nominations. Currently, he is the Head of Business Affairs Made In Memphis Entertainment and is an Educational Ambassador for the Mechanical Licensing Collective. He has recently formed a new company (www.metismediationservices.com) offering mediation services on a wide variety of cases.

Webex link to be sent out prior to the meeting.

For in Person Viewing: Jefferson 1st Floor Conference Ceneter

PTOS Members: One hour of other time (with supervisor approval) for attending may be charged to: Patent employees: PNCSPA-0000-090241

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"This Other Eden" by Paul Harding
Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

“Paul Harding's stunning new novel, This Other Eden, is inspired by the real-life consequences of eugenics on Malaga Island, Maine, which, from roughly the Civil War era to 1912, was home to an interracial fishing community. After government officials inspected the island in 1911, Malaga's 47 residents, including children, were forcibly removed, some of them rehoused in institutions for the "feeble-minded." In 2010, the state of Maine offered an official "public apology" for the incident” (NPR).

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Announcements

LEARN TO DANCE AND SOCIAL MIXER

PTO FITNESS CENTER
· Knox Building Lobby @ USPTO Alexandria campus ·
 
Monday, February 12th at 5:00-7:00 PM
· Ballroom & Line Dance Options ·
 
$10.00 a Ticket ~ Purchase By February 7th
· 1 hr instructor led class + pizza, dessert, & refreshments ·
· classes are limited to 35 students each ·


PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php?cPath=29&osCsid=70lda5nsnuj0474h9uhcbvaqn3

Line Dance 5-6 PM
Ballroom Dance 6-7PM
 

Classes are open to PTOS members Only
· PTO Fitness Center membership is NOT required ·

contact: Pinping Sun -or- Susan McFadden

Announcements

Washington Capitals v. Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Darcy Kuemper Bobblehead night

 

Cost: $102 per game ticket

& access to the Devils Backbone Lounge for Food & Drink

Ticket includes a food voucher redeemable in the Devils Backbone Lounge

Unlimited beer, wine, & soft drinks within the Devils Backbone Lounge*

(*Starting 1 hour prior to faceoff through the end of the 2nd intermission)

 

Purchase Tickets Here

Limit 2 tickets per member ~ seats are located in Section 433, Rows F-H and J-L

Tickets will be distributed via email prior to the event

 

contact: Hubert.Cheung@uspto.gov – or – Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

Announcements

DENVER PTOS - VALENTINES HAPPY HOUR

February 13th from 5-7 pm

Postino Lohi, 2715 17th St, Denver, CO

POC: Allison Bourke

1 Free Drink per Member

Announcements

Dear PTOS Membership:

 

Following are the results of the 2024 PTOS Election. Please note that there is a vacancy on the Board for the position of Directors Office/PTAB/OPIA Representative.  This email is considered “notice” of the vacancy under Article V, Section 10(b) of the PTOS Constitution.  After 10 business days from the distribution of this email, the Board may vote a recommended member into this position.  The Board must receive a written recommendation signed by 5 active members from the affected area of representation (i.e. Directors Office/PTAB/OPIA).  A nomination form for this purpose can be found here: https://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2024_election.html.  Nominations should be turned in to nominations@ptos.org by Monday, Feb. 2 at 3PM Eastern.

 

2024 PTOS Election Results

 

Officers

President

David Lotter

Vice President

Shelby Turner

Secretary

Ryan Clark

Administrator

Anna Pagonakis

Treasurer

Matthew Troutman

 

 

HQ / Shirlington / Hoteling Representatives

 

TC 1600 (2)

Rayna Rodriguez, Selam Berhane

TC 1700/2900 (2)

Holly Thurman, Brandon Rosati

TC 2100 (2)

Kevin Lu, Maria Ayad

TC 2400 (2)

Angela Nguyen, William Kim

TC 2600 (2)

Tsung-Yin Tsai, Lewis West

TC 2800 (2)

Leah Rosenberg, Joshua Schwartz

TC 3600 (2)

Catherine Loikith, Jeffrey O'Brien

TC 3700 (2)

Jessica Arble, Keith Raymond

CFO/CAO/CIO/OPIM (1)

Rex Rooker

Trademarks (2)

Monique Watts, Cheryl Butler

Director’s Office / PTAB / Policy and International Affairs (1)

(Vacant, no candidates, no write-in votes)

OPLA/OPQA/Others (1)

Fred Guillermety

 

Regional Representatives

 

MWRO (Detroit)

William Monticello

RMRO (Denver)

Allison Bourke

TXRO (Dallas)

Neel Patel

SVRO (San Jose)

Andrew Polay

 

At Large Representatives (In alphabetical order by surname)

Luther Behringer

Philip Bonzell

Alex DeVito

Ryan Donlon

Katie Gerth

Rachel Highland

Robert Hodge

Kang Hu

Anne Kozak

Razu Miah

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

AI for Drug Discovery: A New Frontier for Patent Law

Presented by Matthew Chun

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 3-4PM ET

 

Please join us as we learn about the growing use of AI in drug discovery and some of the challenges for Patent Law posed by the use of AI in drug discovery.

 

Matthew Chun is a Patent Agent at Fish & Richardson, a leading intellectual property law firm, joining the firm in 2017. Dr. Chun is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and primarily specializes in obtaining patents for clients ranging from multinational technology companies to solo inventors with a particular focus on artificial intelligence/machine learning, medical devices, and robotics.

 

Dr. Chun is also a 3L student at Harvard Law School where he is managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and a former student fellow at the Petrie Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, completing his PhD/DPhil in engineering science. Working at the University of Oxford’s Computational Health Informatics Laboratory and the Nuffield Department of Population Health, Dr. Chun’s research focused on utilizing machine learning approaches for assessing stroke risk in a contemporary Chinese cohort of 0.5 million individuals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Chun contributed to the United Kingdom’s pandemic response as a health data analyst for the Alan Turing Institute’s DECOVID initiative. Dr. Chun also holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT with a minor in management science.

 

*No other time is authorized for this event*

 

VA CLE credit has been applied for and is currently pending approval.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov.

 

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Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee, the USPTO Military Association and the Bright Knights Chapter of Federally Employed Women proudly present:

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Self-Driving Cars

Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 1-2pm EST

 

Join us in learning about self-driving cars during a presentation given by Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings!

 

Self-driving cars have been a dream of society from almost the time of invention. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), this dream has seemingly become reality with driverless commercial operations in a handful of cities around the world.  However, given the recent tragic accident involving a pedestrian and a Cruise self-driving car, as well as multiple high-profile Tesla crashes, the reality that such systems may not actually be as capable as envisioned is slowly creeping into the national consciousness. Given these concerns, it is important to step back and analyze just why AI is struggling to operate safely in autonomous vehicles. This talk will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of AI in self-driving cars, as well as in all safety-critical applications, and lay out a roadmap for safe integration of these technologies on public roadways.

 

Bio: Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is a Professor in the George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing and is the director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC). She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, and recently served as the senior safety advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Her research interests include the application of AI in safety-critical systems, assured autonomy, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

 

      

 

Questions? Please contact Cathy Loikith (PTOS) at catherine.loikith@uspto.com, Robin Hylton (UMA) at Robin.Hylton@uspto.gov, or Sonja L. Williams (FEW) at Sonja.Williams@uspto.gov.

 

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 PTOS MEMBERS NIGHT
TUESDAY FEB 6th, 4-7PM
(Adult Only Event for PTOS Members age 21 and over )
@ The Clara Barton Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(Parking at the USPTO Alexandria Campus)
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Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts provided
Free Casino Play Provided
Food Drive
 

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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"The Bookseller's Tale" by Martin Latham
Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

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Join PTOS at Whiskey & Oyster

· 301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314 ·

 

January 9th 2024 @ 4:00-6:00 PM ET

 

one free drink ticket - for PTOS members only

· non-alcoholic options available ·

 

 

contact: David.Lotter@uspto.gov

 

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

 

 

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Arizona Holiday Happy Hour

 

Phx Beer Co
3002 E Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034
Friday December 22nd from 4 to 6 PM

 

Members will receive food and drinks on PTOS.
Non member can sign up at the event.
Questions? Contact Joshua.Schwartz@USPTO.GOV and ryan.clark3@USPTO.GOV
Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

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PTOS - DETROIT
Detroit Midwest Regional Office PTOS
Holiday Dinner

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2023, 6-10PMSAN MORELLO AT SHINOLA HOTEL1400 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48226PTOS Member price: $25/personGuest price: $50/personPay using this link --> https://reservations.ptos.org/
*Additional chagres may be incurred at venue*
Parking is NOT INCLUDEDQuestions about this event: william.monticello@uspto.gov
RSVP TO WILL MONTICELLO BY TUESDAY 12/12/2023
www.shinolahotel.comwww.ptos.org

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Dallas PTOS Holiday Happy Hour/Dinner Social Event

 

Malai Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave #319, Dallas, TX 75204

Monday, December 18th, 2023 starting 6:00PM CST

 

***RSVP BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2023***

 

Drinks and/or food will be sponsored by PTOS.

Non-members can sign up at the event.

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

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 PTOS    HOLIDAY BALL AT THE EMBASSY OF AUSTRIA

Embassy of Austria

3524 International Ct, NW

Washington, District Of Columbia

Fri, December 15, 2023 @ 7:00pm or 8:30pm to 11:45 pm

Price: $110 per person for 7:00pm VIP arrival or $65 per person for 8:30pm arrival

Tickets Must be reserved Online at https://reservations.ptos.org/

Want to travel to Austria for the holidays? Ready to toast in the season in the backyard of Mozart, Schubert and Strauss? Celebrate the holidays with us in one of the most exciting venues in DC.

Don your best outfits and be transported to one of the most beautiful and admired countries in all of Europe as we bring together the glory of Old Austria with the allure of Modern Western Europe. From the music of the Austrian master composers to a late-night European-style DJ playing your favorite hits, this Austrian Ball has something for everyone. Also, be on the lookout for Santa.

Help contribute to the toy drive with Toys for Tots by bringing an unwrapped toy with you.

More details online at https://reservations.ptos.org/

Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756)

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PTOS SVRO On Ice
Walking Distance from the SVRO Holiday Party

 

Downtown Ice Skating

Wednesday, December 6th   
7:00-8:30 PM

PTOS Members receive a 90 minute skate session and skate rental for members and family
*Members bringing guests must RSVP by 5 December to Andrew.Polay@uspto.gov

 

 


Circle of Palms Plaza
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Non-members may sign up at the event
 Questions to Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov

Announcements

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) on Wednesday December 6th at 9 am in the Knox 1st Floor Conference Center.

 

Please come for coffee, tea and light refreshments.  (We will have cups if you don’t have a mug.)  Just come and enjoy yourself with others in campus community.

 

All are welcome.

 

Sponsored by The Patents WorkLife Committee and The PTOS.

 

                            

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Join the PTOS Board of Directors! Turn in your nominating petition form between Nov 27th-Dec 8th and your name will be placed on the ballot for the 2024 election. Nominations will be accepted for the following positions: Positions for which all PTOS members are eligible: President Vice President Secretary Administrator Treasurer At Large Representative (10 positions available) Virginia HQ / Hoteling Representative Positions (All members eligible except those listed in PALM as non-hotelers having a physical office at one of the four USPTO Regional Offices. Member must work within the respective business unit): TC 1600, 1700/2900, 2100, 2400, 2600, 2800, 3600, 3700 (2 from each – 16 total positions) OCFO / OCAO / OCIO / OPIM (1 position) Trademarks (2 positions) Office of the Director / PTAB / Office of the General Counsel /Office of Policy & International Affairs (1 position) OPLA/OPQA/All others not specified (1 position) – Includes Office of the Commissioner, CRU, others Regional Office Representative Positions (All members eligible, but they must be nominated by members who live within a 50-mile radius of the respective Regional Office. Members may not submit petitions for both a Regional Rep position and Virginia HQ /Hoteling Rep position): Midwest Regional Office (1 position) Rocky Mountain Regional Office (1 position) Silicon Valley Regional Office (1 position) Texas Regional Office (1 position) Visit http://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2024_election.html to get your nominating petition form and for guidelines on obtaining signatures. Completed forms must be submitted to nominations@ptos.org by 3:00PM E.T. on Friday Dec 8, 2023 While you may use USPTO email to collect nomination signatures (see guidelines at http://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2024_election.html). USPTO email may not be used for campaigning. Violations of election bylaws can be confidentially reported to the Election Committee at evote@ptos.org. You may submit campaign material (e.g. a flyer or a short bio with information about yourself, your history of service with PTOS, and how you envision serving the Society while in office) along with your petition form. Your material will be posted on the Election Committee page of the PTOS website. Campaign material will be accepted for posting until 3:00 PM E.T. on Thursday Dec 21, 2023. Voting will take place from Jan 9th-11th, 2024.
Announcements
Dallas PTOS Holiday Happy Hour Fox and Hound 112 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 2:00PM-3:30PM CST Food and/or drink(s) will be sponsored by PTOS. Non-members can sign up at the event. Questions? Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
Announcements

Where: Bowlero Englewood, 4900 S Federal Blvd, Englewood, CO 80110

When: Thursday, December 7th at 430-630 pm MT

What: Drink tickets, Arcade Credits and Raffle Prizes

 

POC: Allison Bourke

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BISTRO SANCERRE
· 1725 Duke St #100 · Alexandria VA ·
 
Wednesday, December 6th at 5:00-8:00 PM
· Best Crazy Holiday Sweater Requested ·
 
RSVP By November 28th - Purchase Here

$10.00 per person ~ includes appetizers & 2 drink tickets
· members may purchase one additional guest ticket ·


contact: Rachel Highland -or- Ryan Donlon

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PTOS SVRO Happy Hour @ Rollati

Where: 181 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95113

When: Thursday, November 16th from 4-5:30 PM

What: PTOS Members receive a happy hour drink and an appetizer

*Non-members may sign up at the event

 

POC: Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov

Announcements

 

PTOS Denver November Happy Hour

When: Thursday, November 16th from 5:00-7:00 PM MT

Where: School House Kitchen and Libations |  5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd  |  Arvada

What: happy hour – one free drink for PTOS members and light appetizers

 

For questions, please contact Holly Thurman @ holly.thurman@uspto.gov.

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Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Three Notch’d Brewing Co. on Friday, November 10, from 5-7!

520 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Enjoy an appetizer and a drink at Three Notch’d Brewery!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”

SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

FINALIST FOR THE 2023 BOOKER PRIZE. LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

“Pulsing with vibrant lyricism and inimitable style, sly commentary and contagious laughter, Escoffery’s debut unravels what it means to be in between homes and cultures in a world at the mercy of capitalism and whiteness. With If I Survive You, Escoffery announces himself as a prodigious storyteller in a class of his own, a chronicler of American life at its most gruesome and hopeful.” (Amazon)

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)

LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)

Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

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PTOS Presents: MasterClass (a one year subscription to ALL content)

 

PTOS Education Committee is offering a special member price of $75 (regularly $180) for an entire year of access to MasterClass.

 

Want to learn more about MasterClass? See the video.  For a sample of business related courses check out this link MasterClass at Work or browse through the different categories available including Music, Writing, Sports & Gaming, Wellness, etc.: MasterClass Categories   

 

LIMIT ONE subscription per PTOS member. Limited to the first 100 PTOS Members to sign-up for a subscription here.

Sign-up by November 15th. An activation code to start your yearlong membership will be sent soon after the registration closes.

 

There is NO other time associated with this program.

 

Program questions? Contact anne.kozak@uspto.gov or catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or rayna.rodriguez@uspto.gov

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Catholic University of America Fr. O’Connell Hall 597 Michigan Ave, NE Washington, DC 20064 Fri, November 17, 2023 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Price: $70 per person Tickets Must be reserved Online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ Annual Recognition Award Ceremony Taberna Del Alabardero – Washington D.C. Musical Program Yahlly Kachlon – Flamenco Dance Contest Winner under 18 Patricia Muñiz – Flamenco Dance Contest Winner over 18 Carlos Cesar Rodriguez – Pianist Maestro Israel Lozana – Tenor More details online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756)
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Catholic University of America Fr. O’Connell Hall 597 Michigan Ave, NE Washington, DC 20064 Fri, November 17, 2023 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Price: $70 per person Tickets Must be reserved Online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ Annual Recognition Award Ceremony Taberna Del Alabardero – Washington D.C. Musical Program Yahlly Kachlon – Flamenco Dance Contest Winner under 18 Patricia Muñiz – Flamenco Dance Contest Winner over 18 Carlos Cesar Rodriguez – Pianist Maestro Israel Lozana – Tenor More details online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756)
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Calling all PTOS members! The Education Committee needs you! Are you knowledgeable or an expert in an educational field? Would you like to share your knowledge with other interested PTOS members? If so, please let us know! As a Committee, we’re hoping to expand the virtual educational events we can offer to our members in the future. The topic can’t be considered training for the Office, and it also can’t be disparaging to the Office. Other than that, practically any topic is acceptable! Science, the arts, the environment, technology – you tell us! If you are interested in presenting, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov. There will not be Other Time offered for these presentation(s) (presenting or attending).
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PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks Preparing for College Many parents and their students struggle with how to cover the cost of college. So much depends on factors outside of your control plus you won’t know the actual cost for your family until your child is almost ready to graduate from high school, which could be years in the future. This presentation will help get you started. We’ll cover: - The cost of higher education - Ways to reduce the total amount your student will pay - College funding strategies Wednesday 11/8/2023 at 12pm All are invited! Attend by phone Join on your computer or mobile app https://bit.ly/PTOSNovember2023Talk Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,736523385# Phone Conference ID: 736 523 385# Hosted by: Education Committee. For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan. Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member at www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org
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FOR PTOS Members only - can purchase up to 2 tickets DAY OF THE DEAD MASQUERADE GALA AT THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Sat Nov 4, 2023 8:15 PM TO 11:45 PM PRICE: $95 PER PERSON You are invited to embrace the season where very few else can say – ON MEXICAN SOIL! -DAY OF THE DEAD LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE -DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR -DJ AND LATE NIGHT DANCING -DAY OF THE DEAD BUFFET -OPEN BAR -MASQUERADE CONTEST! …and much more! Suggested attire: Black Tie Preferred. Suits at a Minimum. Masquerade Encouraged. (By Masquerade we mean either Face Mask, or decorated in Day of the Dead Style). Do not come in a non Mexican or ordinary Halloween costume. Event hosted by PTOS International Relations Committee, working with ThingsToDoDC. Tickets must be purchased online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ All Reservations must be made by Fri 10/27 @ Noon ET Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756) Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
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Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour! Come join us at Selvedge Brewing on Friday, October 20 from 5-7! 1837 Broadway St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (inside the Wool Factory) Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov
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PTOS cordially invites you to

DINNER DANCE


THE ALEXANDRIAN HOTEL
· 480 King St · Alexandria · 22314 ·
 
Thursday, November 9th at 6:00-10:00 PM
· Formal Attire Requested ·
 
RSVP By October 25th - Purchase Here

 

$60.00 per person ~ available to members* only
· includes dinner & 2 drinks per ticket ·
*members may purchase one additional guest ticket 

Dinner Selection Required in RSVP
· dietary restrictions accommodated upon request ·

                                                                                                              

Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm
· attendees must check in from 6-6:45 PM ·

Discounted parking available at the hotel for $10.00

A limited # of discounted rooms are available until 10/30
Attendees may reserve a room at the discounted rate here!
Room reservations are made directly with the hotel,
& are separate from the PTOS event reservation.


contact: Rachel Highland -or- Shelby Turner

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PTOS AIPLA Happy Hour

 

Thursday October 19, 2023 from 5:00PM-7:00PM EDT

 

Location?

Public House at National Harbor, 199 Fleet St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Within a 5 minute walk from the Gaylord Convention Center where the AIPLA Annual Meeting is being held.  The happy hour will also have free swag and print copies of The Journal of The Patent and Trademark Office Society

 

What will be provided?

Up to one drink per member or light snacks while supplies last

 

What if I’m not a PTOS member?

You can sign up to be a PTOS member at the event in-person or prior to event by emailing membership@ptos.org or clicking here .:: Patent & Trademark Office Society ::. - Membership Types (ptos.org)

 

Questions?  Contact Joshua Schwartz (joshua.schwartz@uspto.gov) or David Lotter (david.lotter@usptp.gov)

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

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BYOM
(Bring Your Own Mug)
Wednesday October 11th at 9 am
Knox Building*

Please join us for coffee, tea and light refreshments in the
Knox 1st Floor Conference Center.
*All of the campus community is welcome.
Sponsored by the Patents WorkLife Commitee and the Patent and Trademark Office Society

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Join the PTOS Board Game Club
for a night of in-person board games

KNOX 10TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
OCTOBER 4TH 2023 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET
·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays·

· LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED ·

contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov or Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov

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 PTOS Oct HH at Copper Kettle October 12th, 4:30-6:30

PTOS Presents Denver Happy Hour

When: Thursday, October 12th 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S. Valentia St., Denver, CO 80247)

What: One free drink per member

POC: Rebecca Fritchman

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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB” SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS “What makes for a happy life, a fulfilling life? A good life? In their “captivating” (The Wall Street Journal) book, the directors of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted, show that the answer to these questions may be closer than you realize… With “insightful [and] interesting” (Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness) life stories, The Good Life shows us how we can make our lives happier and more meaningful through our connections to others” (Amazon). Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 290 824 900 51 Passcode: NCb5Ns Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,204546714# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 204 546 714# Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET) LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS) Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org
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Dallas PTOS End Of The Fiscal Year Social Event Kegs and Mugs 615 FM2281, Suite 100, Lewisville, TX 75056 Monday, October 2nd, 2023 starting 6:00PM Drinks and food will be sponsored by PTOS. Non-members can sign up at the event. Questions? Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
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Coffee Break and Catered Lunch October 3, 2023 Coffee Break Join us at 10:00 am for coffee and snacks Knox 1st floor conference center Lunch at noon with PTOS Knox 1st floor conference center $3 for Potbelly's individual boxed lunch Includes sandwich, chips and cookie Orders must be placed on reservations.ptos.org by September 27 Menu link will be provided Order link: https://reservations.ptos.org/product_info.php?products_id=151&osCsid=1obhlhqkonjj3uf286sdnnl2a6 Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov
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Welcome to the FY2024 Oktoberfest!

 

October 3 from 5-8 p.m.

The Garden

5380 Eisenhower Ave Suite C

Alexandria, VA 22304

Overflow parking available at 5001 Eisenhower Ave

 

Free entry & free refreshments for members

- bring your card for speedy entry -

 

Questions regarding this event, please contact

Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov, Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov, David.Lotter@uspto.gov

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Dallas PTOS End Of The Fiscal Year Social Event

 

TopGolf – The Colony

3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, TX 75056

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 starting 6:00PM

 

*** RSVP via email to neel.patel@uspto.gov by Monday, September 25th ***

 

Drinks and food will be sponsored by PTOS.

Golfing time will be limited based on the turnout.

Non-members can sign up at the event.

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

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Assistant Editor-in-Chief

 

By requirement of Article VII, Section 2(i) of the Society Constitution, Article III, Sections 4 and 5 of the By Laws and Article VII of the Standing Rules of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a vacancy is being announced to all active members of the Society in the position of Assistant Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

 

This position is salaried – compensation is $300 (three hundred dollars)/month.  This position is not a voting position on the Board of Governors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

                     The Assistant Editor-in-Chief  (EiC) must be an active member of the Society.

                     Posses or actively pursuing a Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited institution. Those currently pursuing their degree must have successfully completed their 1L year.

                     Demonstrated skillset to perform the duties as noted below.

                     Must be capable of editing legal articles using the Bluebook System of Citation.

                     Must have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word.

                     Prior Journal experience is preferred, but not required.

 

DUTIES

  • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall assist the Editor-in-Chief in article procurement and selection, editing articles, preparing articles for typesetting, reviewing the typeset copy, and preparing the final copy for print and distribution. Generally this amounts to between 6 to 10 articles per issue.
  • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall also assist the Editor-in-Chief in working with the Journal staff on the layout and publication requirements of the Journal.
  • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall aid the Editor-in-Chief in recruiting, training, and managing a staff of volunteer Article Editors.

 

TERM LENGTH:

  • This post is an at-will position with an initial term of one (1) year. Said term is renewable with approval by the Board of Governors without a need for reapplying.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

•           All applicants must submit a resume qualifications statement.

•           A personal interview conducted by the Editor-in-Chief is required.

•           This position will be filled by majority vote of the Board of Governors with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors of the Society.

 

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS STATEMENT WITH SUBJECT LINE “ASSISTANT EIC APPLICATION” TO:

 

Joshua Schwartz, Executive Director exec.dir@jptos.org                (571) 270-7494

DEADLINE – 5:00PM (Eastern) October 9, 2023

Any questions should be directed to Joshua Schwartz (contact information above)

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Friday, October 6th Lunch 12-1 pm, Curling 1-3 pm Rock Creek Curling 1405 Overlook Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026 $30 per member, $80 for non-members Sign-up by Sept 22nd at reservations.ptos.org Contact Allison Bourke for information about this event: Allison.bourke@uspto.gov
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FUEL UP FOR THE FISCAL YEAR WITH PTOS Madison Lower Atrium · September 20th 2023 @ 8:00-10:00 AM ET FREE COFFEE (OR TEA) & A LIGHT SNACK For PTOS members only ·while supplies last contact: Ryan.Donlon@uspto.gov or Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov *YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP AT THE EVENT.
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PTOS SVRO Raffle Silicon Valley Summer Picnic Municipal Rose Garden Thursday August 31 11:00 – 2:00 PTOS Members entered to win gift cards for AMC movies, COSTCO, and Amazon San Jose Municipal Rose Garden 1649 Naglee Ave, San Jose San Jose, CA 95113 Non-members may sign up at the event Questions to Brent.Fairbanks@USPTO.gov
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PTOS Denver September Happy Hour When: Friday, Sept. 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM MT Where: The Red Barber inside the CatBird Hotel (3770 Walnut Street – in RINO near the 38th and Blake A-line station) What: happy hour – one free happy hour drink for PTOS members. For questions, please contact Curtis Kortman @ Curtis.Kortman@uspto.gov.
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PTOS and Patents WorkLife Present: BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) Meet your new neighbors in the Knox Building If you have an office in the Knox Building*, please join us on Wednesday August 30th at 9 am in the Knox 1st Floor Conference Center. Come for coffee, tea and light refreshments. The moves to the building should be complete and you will have new neighbors. *All of the campus community is welcome, regardless of building
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PTOS Education and Social Committees announce: PTOS Member Rates* for the AIPLA Annual Meeting and Luncheon! AIPLA Annual Meeting Registration: $100 (Regular price: $145) Keynote Luncheon: $60 (Regular price: $77) (This is an optional add-on when purchasing the meeting registration. Luncheon may not be purchased alone.) *PTOS Member Rates are offered for the first 150 members to sign-up. *MUST be a government employee. The special rates are available until Thursday, August 31 (if not sold-out before this date). Annual Meeting Registration Details October 19-21, 2023 Attend in-person To purchase your American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting registration, use this registration link: AIPLA 2023 Annual Meeting Registration . The end of the form will direct you to make payment and include your invoice number. As you register for the Annual Meeting, you are also eligible to purchase an optional: Keynote Luncheon Friday, October 20, 2023 from 12:30-2pm Attend in-person As you purchase the AIPLA Annual Meeting using the Registration link above, you will be directed to the PTOS Reservation page where you may optionally add-on the Keynote Luncheon. Again, the Luncheon may not be purchased alone. The AIPLA Annual Meeting is a three-day (October 19-21, 2023), multi-track conference to help 1200+ intellectual property practitioners supercharge their skills and careers. Distinguished speakers present on issues that affect your practice and topics that keep you up-to-date including: • AI 360 + Ethics and Privacy • Extraterritoriality and the Lanham Act • 5 Months Into the UPC: Numbers, Cases and Trends • SEP Licensing and Anti-Suit Injunctions • Trademarks and the First Amendment • Patent Litigation, Funding, and Insurance • 5 Things You Should Know to Run a Successful and Ethical Law Practice • Copyright Implications of Generative AI • Transformative Fair Use after Warhol v. Goldsmith • Enablement After Amgen v. Sanofi • Data and Online Assets in IP Transactions in the US and Abroad • Patentability of Agricultural Biotechnology in Europe, Israel, and Latin America Other time MAY be available under the 16/40 Program with Supervisor approval. Please contact your Supervisor for more details. Event questions? Please contact Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov or Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov
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Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour! Come join us at Rockfish Brewing on Friday, August 18, from 5-7! 201 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov
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TXRO-PTOS Social Happy Hour Tuesday, August 29th, 2023 from 6:00PM-8:00PM CST Location? Twin Peaks at 5260 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254 What will be provided? Up to ~$20 per person of food and/or drinks. What if I’m not a PTOS member? You can sign up to be a PTOS member at the event in-person or prior to event by emailing neel.patel@uspto.gov! Questions? Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
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Indochen at Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria Happy Hour · 1625 King Street · Alexandria, VA · Tuesday, August 22, 2023 @ 4:00-6:00 PM one free drink ticket - for PTOS members only · NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS · contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov -or- Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov
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PTOS and Patents WorkLife Present: BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) Meet your new neighbors in the Jefferson Building If you have an office in the Jefferson Building*, please join us on Tuesday August 29th at 9:30 am in the Jefferson 1st Floor Conference Center. Come for coffee, tea and light refreshments. The moves to the building should be complete and you will have new neighbors. *All of the campus community is welcome, regardless of building
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PTOS Presents: Bingo Night @ Little Man Ice Cream When: Aug. 30 from 7-9Pm MST Where: Little Man Ice Cream Kent Place ( 3455 S University Blvd Unit A, Englewood CO 80113) What: Ice cream paid for by PTOS, bingo run and provided by the venue POC: Kyle.Johnson@uspto.gov or Allison.Bourke@uspto.gov
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Phoenix Event! Come join us at Blanco Tacos and Tequila on Monday, August 7 from 7‐9! 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 Enjoy a $7 subsidy for food or drinks on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Josh Schwartz for information about this event: Joshua.schwartz@uspto.gov 571 270 7494 Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org
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Rocky Mountain Regional Office · 1961 Stout Street · 14th Floor Training Room · Thursday, August 24th @ 3:30 PM · alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments provided · Must RSVP by August 17th $40.00 a ticket for PTOS members ($80.00 non-member rate) · option of either a canvas or charcuterie board creation · · includes all necessary supplies and guided instruction · contact: Allison.Bourke@uspto.gov
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Orkney Springs Distillery - for PTOS members only · 7701 Southern Dr, Suite R, Unit A1 · Springfield, VA · Tuesday, August 29, 2023 @ 6:00-8:00 PM Members must RSVP in advance, space is limited. Cost is $5 per member. Registered members will receive two drink tickets - · NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS AVAILABLE · contact: Khoa.Doan@uspto.gov -or- Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov
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Detroit Regional Office Beach, BBQ, and Beverages on beautiful Lake Huron Lexington “The First Resort North” Michigan Saturday, August 19, 2023 12:00 PM ET 7350 Sheridan Line, Lexington MI 48450 ∙ Barbeque including: hamburgers, hot dogs and local sweet corn for the grill ∙ ∙ side dishes, fruits, vegetables, and snacks ∙ ∙ Keg of beer & non-alcoholic beverages will be provided ∙ (Vote for your beer preference by contacting William Monticello) BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR A DAY OF OUTDOOR FUN! PLEASE RSVP TO WILLIAM.MONTICELLO@USPTO.GOV BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 15TH www.villageoflexington.com www.ptos.org
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Assistant Editor-in-Chief By requirement of Article VII, Section 2(i) of the Society Constitution, Article III, Sections 4 and 5 of the By Laws and Article VII of the Standing Rules of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a vacancy is being announced to all active members of the Society in the position of Assistant Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. This position is salaried – compensation is $300 (three hundred dollars)/month. This position is not a voting position on the Board of Governors. QUALIFICATIONS • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief (EiC) must be an active member of the Society. • Posses or actively pursuing a Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited institution. Those currently pursuing their degree must have successfully completed their 1L year. • Demonstrated skillset to perform the duties as noted below. • Must be capable of editing legal articles using the Bluebook System of Citation. • Must have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word. • Prior Journal experience is preferred, but not required. DUTIES • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall assist the Editor-in-Chief in article procurement and selection, editing articles, preparing articles for typesetting, reviewing the typeset copy, and preparing the final copy for print and distribution. Generally this amounts to between 6 to 10 articles per issue. • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall also assist the Editor-in-Chief in working with the Journal staff on the layout and publication requirements of the Journal. • The Assistant Editor-in-Chief shall aid the Editor-in-Chief in recruiting, training, and managing a staff of volunteer Article Editors. TERM LENGTH: • This post is an at-will position with a term of three (3) years. Said term is renewable with approval by the Board of Governors without a need for reapplying. SELECTION PROCESS • All applicants must submit a resume qualifications statement. • A personal interview conducted by the Editor-in-Chief is required. • This position will be filled by majority vote of the Board of Governors with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors of the Society. TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS STATEMENT WITH SUBJECT LINE “ASSISTANT EIC APPLICATION” TO: Joshua Schwartz, Executive Director exec.dir@jptos.org (571) 270-7494 DEADLINE – 5:00PM (Eastern) Friday August 18, 2023 Any questions should be directed to Joshua Schwartz (contact information above)
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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB” SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS “Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities. Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind” (Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper) - The Pulitzer Prizes) Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 282 072 484 130 Passcode: CXqzq9 Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,310781913# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 310 781 913# Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET) LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS) Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org
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FOR PTOS Members only - can purchase up to 2 tickets Evening at the Embassy of Kenya Embassy of Kenya 2249 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20008 Thu Aug 10, 2023 @ 6:30 PM TO 9:00 PM PRICE: $50 PER PERSON – The Majesty of Nairobi – The Beauty of Chyulu Hills – The Wonder of The Mars Tonight, step on foreign soil for a special evening of native authentic Kenyan food, drinks, music, art, diplomats, film, and more! Suggested attire: Smart Casual. Jeans, shorts or sneakers, or plain/design tee shirts are not acceptable. Event hosted by PTOS International Relations Committee, working with ThingsToDoDC. Tickets must be purchased online at https://reservations.ptos.org/ All Reservations must be made by Mon 8/7 @ Noon Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756) Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org
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The PTOS Education Committee invites you to attend: edX Informational Session Presented by Rob Seidner Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 3:30pm ET Please join us to learn what edX has to offer! The PTOS Education Committee will be offering a special discounted rate for our members only for an annual membership to edX. * There is no Other Time available for this event. * If you have questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 273 252 919 528 Passcode: ctZSzo Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,27195167# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 271 951 67# Find a local number | Reset PIN
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Join the PTOS Board Game Club for a night of in-person board games KNOX 10TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM AUGUST 2ND 2023 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET ·recurring monthly - 1st Wednesdays· · LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED · contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov or Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov
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Tuesday · August 8th · 1:00-3:00pm Ice Cream cart will be outside Madison Building on the Dulany Street/Campus side In the event of rain, cart will be located on the lower level of the Madison Atrium Free Ice Cream for PTOS Members! *LIMIT ONE PER MEMBER, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST · PLEASE BRING YOUR PTOS MEMBERSHIP CARD · NEW MEMBER SIGNUP AT THE EVENT FOR EVENT QUESTIONS, CONTACT: William.Kim@uspto.gov
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Post-MWRO Picnic Happy Hour Monday, July 24th Approximately 4:00pm—6pm depending on the end of the baseball game Atwater Brewery - 237 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 Two free drinks for PTOS members and shared appetizers, while supplies last. Non-members can sign up at the event. For more information about the event contact: david.posigian@uspto.gov Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO. It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.
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Aslin Beer Co Alexandria Happy Hour & Pizza Party · 847 S Pickett St · Alexandria, VA · Friday, July 28, 2023 @ 4:00-7:00 PM two free drink tickets - for PTOS members only · PIZZA WILL BE SERVED · NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS · contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov -or- Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov
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When: Thursday, 20 July 2023, 4-6 PM Where: Sushi Confidential 26 N San Pedro San Jose, CA 95113
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The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE): What I Learned from Arguing in the Supreme Court and in 30 Years of Practice: Suggestions for Success as an Associate, as a Partner, and in Life Presented by John Sommer Friday, July 21, 2023 from 3:30-4:30PM ET In Mr. Sommer’s interesting career, from associate at the world’s largest law firm, to a partner, to solo practitioner and ultimately in-house as general counsel and business executive, he has learned many lessons for success. Equally important, he has made and seen mistakes that offer guidance as to what to avoid. Through war stories and thought-provoking comments, he offers insights to success in law, and more importantly, in life. *No other time is authorized for this event* VA CLE credit has been applied for and is currently pending approval. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov PTOS CLE What I Learned from Arguing in the Supreme Court and in 30 Years of Practice July 21st from 3:30pm-4:40pm Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 256 599 952 788 Passcode: SMUqos Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,491430792# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 491 430 792#
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Central Virginia Happy Hour! Come join us at the Glass Half Full Taproom on Friday, July 14 from 5-7! 375 Merchant Walk Square, Charlottesville VA 22902 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org
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Join the PTOS Board Game Club for a night of in-person board games KNOX 10TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM JULY 5TH 2023 @ 5:00-8:00 PM ET · LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED · contact: Kwin.Xie@uspto.gov or Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov
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PTOS presents Boulder Happy Hour When: Tuesday, July 25th from 4-6pm Where: Avanti Boulder, 1401 Pearl Street, Boulder Colorado What: come enjoy the beautiful views of the flatirons with your fellow examiners up to 2 free drinks for a total of up to $12 per member Questions: contact Janice Girouard x5-9131
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EMBASSY EVENT: African Celebration at the Residence of the Ambassador from Burkina Faso Sat, July 15, 2023 @ 08:00PM To Sat, July 15, 2023 @ 11:30PM Residence of the Ambassador form Burkina Faso 11330 Albermyrtle Road Potomac, Maryland Price: $40 (each member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Tuesday July 11th through HTTPS://RESERVATIONS.PTOS.ORG/INDEX.PHP DETAILS A perfect Saturday Night for an indoor and outdoor celebration on African soil! However, instead of getting on a plane we invite you to an all out explosive celebration at the Potomac MD residence of the Ambassador from Burkina Faso! Journey into the heart of Africa as we experience the mysteries and the culture of our hosts! Step onto foreign soil at this huge estate as we travel halfway across the world without ever leaving the DMV for a multi-faceted unique Saturday Night! Featuring a rare treat of Burkina Faso food, drinks, music, live dance show, late night DJ, fashion, diplomats, film, and more! FEATURING: A) African Buffet Dinner: Prepared by a native Chef from Burkina Faso! You cannot experience anything more native than this! The chef will prepare a special buffet of dishes. Challenge your palates to the wonderful course (and desserts) as if fresh from her native homeland. B) Burkina Faso Open Bar (Beer, Wine and Special Native Drinks) C) Special Live Musical and Dance Cultural Presentation from Burkina Faso Experience a very unique performance from native dancers and musicians. They will also offer optional dance lessons to learn moves rarely seen outside of Burkina Faso! D) Diplomatic Greeting: Hear from our hosts and feel free to schmooze and network with the entire diplomatic staff, all of whom will be invited to this special evening. E) Burkina Faso Art: The embassy has arranged for the presentation of traditional Masks, Attire and Fabrics as well as other special artifacts and paintings unseen to most Americans’ eyes. The staff will be on hand to personally discuss the art’s origins and meaning with you. F) LATE NIGHT DJ: As it is Saturday night, we will dance and dance and dance to the tunes of popular African songs (mixed in with some top 40 American songs as well. SUGGESTED ATTIRE Smart Causal. Preppy at a Minimum (No Tee shirts, jeans, shorts, or sneakers) Contact Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov) or Anand Loharikar (Anand.Loharikar@uspto.gov) with any questions.
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Celebrate summer with the VEO sponsored Red, White, and BBQ with remarks from: Director Myrick Bismarck & Deputy Director Derrick Brent July 7th 3-5pm At the Madison Outdoor Patio food, beverages, & entertainment beverage options: alcoholic & non-alcoholic selections food options: Mission BBQ & Indian style vegetarian options all USPTO VEO members welcomed! *no other time is authorized for this event*
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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB” SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS “Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposé of the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves. Activist and researcher Siddharth Kara has traveled deep into cobalt territory to document the testimonies of the people living, working, and dying for cobalt. To uncover the truth about brutal mining practices, Kara investigated militia-controlled mining areas, traced the supply chain of child-mined cobalt from toxic pit to consumer-facing tech giants, and gathered shocking testimonies of people who endure immense suffering and even die mining cobalt” (Amazon) Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 284 133 704 670 Passcode: JUoPdZ Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,939902482# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 939 902 482# Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET) LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS) Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org
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Central Virginia Happy Hour! Come join us at Pro Re Nata on Friday, June 23 from 5-7! 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, VA 22932 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend. Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org
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The PTOS is hosting a presentation on: The International Trade Commission with Judge Bryan Moore Thursday, June 22, 2023 from 2-3PM ET Bryan Moore is a former PTAB judge (2012-2022) that was appointed to the ITC in 2022. Judge Moore will discuss what the ITC does, how patent cases are tried before the ITC, and the power the ITC has to enforce its rulings. *No other time is authorized for this event* VA CLE credit has been applied for and is currently pending approval. If you have any questions, please contact David at david.laux@uspto.gov or Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov ________________________________________________________________________________ Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 298 948 544 993 Passcode: mZXQbD Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,412867694# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 412 867 694# Find a local number | Reset PIN Learn More | Help | Meeting options | Legal
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PTOS Florida Social Event: Join us at Top Golf in Orlando, Florida, on International Drive, for food & fun! Saturday, June 24, 2023, 11a-1p - All are invited! Meet, mingle, enjoy - friends and family welcome! - PTOS Members will receive $10 off food or games. RSVPs/Questions: - On day of event, pls email Angela.Nguyen@uspto.gov and Tania.Pena-Santana@uspto.gov if you are going or thinking of going to help approximate #. For day of event, please call/message 407-906-7176. Venue info: - Top Golf: 8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, 407-363-0200, https://topgolf.com/us/orlando/ - “features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy. Paired with outstanding food and beverage menu, climate-controlled hitting bays and music” Hosted by: Hoteling Committee - Contact Co-chairs Luther Behringer and Phillip Bonzell to receive PTOS hoteling event info. - Contact Angela Nguyen, Tatiana Nobrega, Tania Pena-Santana, and Robert Morlan to help plan or receive info about events in Florida. Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member at www.ptos.org Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org
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The PTOS Education Committee, along with UMA and ResponsAbility, proudly present: June is PTSD awareness month. USPTO Military Association (UMA), in collaboration with ResponsAbility and PTOS, is hosting Professor James Doty, M.D., of Stanford University on June 20th from 2-3pm EST. Professor Doty is also director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research at Stanford Medicine. You do not want to miss this, so please add this to your calendar. June 20, 2023 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 291 408 379 693 Passcode: WvVqqd Download Teams | Join on the web Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,625824837# United States, Roanoke Phone Conference ID: 625 824 837# * There is no Other Time available for this event. * If you have questions, please contact Cathy at Catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Nasir at nasir.ahmed@uspto.gov.
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Join us for a coffee break as we ease into the new quarter WHERE: MADISON LOWER ATRIUM JUNE 20TH 2023 @ 9:00-10:00 AM ET · FREE COFFEE (OR TEA) & A SWEET TREAT – FOR PTOS MEMBERS ONLY · WHILE SUPPLIES LAST contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or Ryan.Donlon@uspto.gov *YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP AT THE EVENT.
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Evening with the Embassy of Ukraine and the Ambassador Wed, June 21, 2023 @ 5:30PM To Wed, June 21, 2023 @ 08:45PM Ukraine House 2134 Kalorama Rd NW Washington, District Of Columbia Price: $65 (each member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Friday June 16th through HTTPS://RESERVATIONS.PTOS.ORG/INDEX.PHP DETAILS Ukraine is a thriving independent European powerhouse filled with a rich culture, incredible scenery, and exciting history. While Ukraine is facing difficult times and is the center of every news outlet and charitable foundation, we still gather for an opportunity to celebrate its culture and the prosperous future of the country. Tonight, we welcome you to the Ukraine House for a special evening of culture and an opportunity to discuss the current situation. For a special VIP reception, meet Her Excellency Oksana Markarova, Ambassador from Ukraine to the United States. (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM) Featuring: UKRAINIAN FOOD: Specially prepared Ukrainian buffet as designed by a native Ukrainian Chef. Includes: Hot Dishes • Varenyky (Dumplings with mushrooms and potatoes) • Holubtsi (Cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and beef meat) • Cabbage stewed with prunes • Mushrooms stewed with sour cream and cheese Cold Dishes: • Baked salmon • Shrimps with salted fish • Fresh assorted vegetables • Assorted meat: Baked pork • Turkey breast • Ham • Salad with imitation crabmeat • Crackers with Philadelphia cheese and caviar Desert • Custard pastry • Cheese plate • Pineapples • Grapes UKRAINIAN BEVERAGES: Enjoy a wide variety of wine, beer and other beverages. UKRAINIAN MUSICAL PRESENTATION: We have special Ukrainian musicians to present us with a unique cultural look into Ukrainian folklore songs and culture. Their costumed interpretations conjure up special images of the rich lands and vast cities of this Eastern European charm. ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: GERDAN (www.Gerdan.info ) – Kaleidoscope of World Music is a professional music ensemble based in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Founded by the Ukrainian professional duo Solomia Gorokhivska and Andrei Pidkivka. Gerdan’s program offers a sampling of Ukrainian traditional music including Gerdan’s original arrangements of the songs and instrumental music from different regions of Ukraine. Through their music Gerdan’s musicians tell the story about freedom-loving Ukrainian people. UKRAINIAN FILM: View an optional film highlighting the attractions, people, and culture of Ukraine. UKRAINIAN ART: You will be awed by the numerous native Ukrainian authentic paintings and sculptures available for your study and viewing pleasure CHARITY: Net Proceeds from your admission cost will go to assist Ukrainian children and refugees who have been injured or displaced by the current war. NOTE: This event will take at the Ukraine House (not the main embassy on M Street). Please make sure you attend at 2134 Kalorama Rd NW and not the address on M Street. SUGGESTED ATTIRE Business Attire Contact Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov) or Anand Loharikar (Anand.Loharikar@uspto.gov) with any questions.
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Join PTOS and your fellow SVRO colleagues at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards When: Friday June 30, 2023 4-5 PM What: PTOS Members receive a free flight of wine tasting and shared appetizers ∙ family friendly outdoor patio ∙ ∙ small appetizer plates available in lieu of wine tasting ∙ Cost to members: $2 RSVP via the reservation system here by June 28th Where: Cooper-Garrod Vineyards at Garrod Farms 22645 Garrod Rd. Saratoga, CA 95070 https://garrodfarms.com/ Contact: Andrew.Polay@USPTO.gov ∙ Non-members may sign-up for membership at the event ∙
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PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks: Building your future: Saving for retirement How do you envision your retirement? Where will you live? How do you want to spend your time? And perhaps you are asking this very important question: How will you cover your retirement expenses? Although at times it can feel overwhelming, it’s never too early to start thinking about your retirement strategy. We’ll cover: -Risks to your retirement income and why it is important to save -How to jumpstart saving -Strategies to reach your goals Wednesday, 6/28/2023 from 12‐1 p.m. All are invited! Join on your computer or mobile app https://bit.ly/PTOSJune2023Talk Or call in (audio only) +1 540-566-5633,,640881861# Phone Conference ID: 640 881 861# Hosted by: Education Committee. For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan.
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BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR A DAY OF OUTDOOR FUN! catered BBQ from brickmakers catering ǀ waterslides, mini-golf & batting cages no alcohol served or allowed within park grounds ǀ veggie burgers available w/ RSVP request ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 15TH Cost to Members: $4 Cost to Non-members: $6 Cost for children ages 4 and up: $4 (children 3 and under are free) To register visit: eventbrite link All attendees’ names must be provided with their registration, attendees will check-in at the park entrance to receive wristbands for admittance the day of the event. Contact for any questions: shelby.turner1@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov
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Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC Happy Hour! Come join us at Boxyard RTP on Friday, June 2, from 11:30 – 1! 900 Park Offices Dr, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 https://boxyard.rtp.org Enjoy group appetizers on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Ana for information about this event: Ana.Muresan@uspto.gov An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.
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Pittsburgh, PA Happy Hour! Come join us at The Church Brew Works on Friday, June 2, from 5pm – 7pm! 3525 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.
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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Lone Women" by Victor Lavale
Tuesday,   June 13, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
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Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour with UMA!

 

Come join us at Decipher Brewing Co. on Friday, May 19, from 5pm – 7pm!

 

 

1740 Broadway St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Enjoy group appetizers and a beverage on PTOS and UMA!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

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PTOS Denver May Happy Hour

Please RSVP at https://forms.office.com/g/YxxKRg2ewe by Monday, May 15th
When: Thursday, May 18 from 6-8 pm

Where: Muse Noraebang 2222 Havana St. Suite D, Aurora, CO 80014

What: 2 hours of karaoke and drinks with friends

POC: Kyle Johnson, Catrina Letterman, Thane Underdahl

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TXRO-PTOS Community Day/Picnic at Dave & Buster’s Dallas

 

Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at 4:00PM CST

 

***RSVP via email ASAP***

 

Is there any other-time?

Patent employees are authorized up to two (2) additional hours of non-production time who attend. Your attendance is voluntary, and no travel time is available. Please consult with your immediate supervisor about the time code.

 

Location?

9450 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75231

 

What will be provided?

Food, gameplay cards, and 1 drink will be provided.

 

What if I’m not a PTOS member?

You can sign up to be a member on the spot or prior to event by emailing neel.patel@uspto.gov!

 

 

******😲 COME IN PERSON TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A PLAYSTATION 5!!! 😲******

******SUBMIT YOUR NAME FOR THE RAFFLE IN-PERSON BEFORE THE DEADLINE AT 5:00PM CST TO PARTICPATE!!!******

 

 

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Join PTOS for Community Day festivities

Thursday, May 11th from 11:00AM-1:00PM

 

A raffle will be held for PTOS members only

 

RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE:

·YETI COOLER ·

·$100 GIFT CARD TO THE WHITNEY, DETROIT ·

·OFFICE CHAIR NECK MASSAGER/WARMER ·

 

MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT MWRO TO WIN

· Non-members can sign up for membership prior to the raffle ·

 

Happy Hour @ Andrews On the Corner to follow

3:00PM-5:00PM

·201 Joseph Campau St, Detroit, MI 48207 ·

www.andrewsonthecorner.com

 

All are welcome to attend!

 

Two free drinks for PTOS members & shared appetizers, while supplies last.

 

Non-members can sign up for membership at the event.

Contact: William.Monticello@uspto.gov

www.ptos.org

Announcements

Notice of Vacancy

JPTOS Board of Governors

 

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 2(k) of the Constitution of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a vacancy on the Board of Governors of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society is hereby announced to all active members for the position of Governor.

 

Term for Governor would last for full three (3) years.

 

The position requires attendance (in-person or via teleconference) at monthly meetings to direct business matters of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society including publishing, advertising, staffing, and editorial content.

 

All those interested in this position should obtain a

Governor Application Form from Ryan Clark

ryan.clark3@uspto.gov or (408) 918-7606

 

Application packages must include: (1) a completed Governor Application Form, (2) a statement of qualifications for the position and/or résumé, and (3) a statement of interest in the position. 

 

The application deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday May 26th, 2023

Announcements

PlantHouse - DIY Bonsai Planting Party
· 921 N St Asaph St · Alexandria, VA ·
 
Thursday, May 25, 2023 @ 6:30-8:00 PM
 
$35.00 a ticket - includes all planting supplies
· planter may be upgraded @ the event ·
 
 
free parking in deck @ 1st St (between St. Asaph and Pitt)
· no refunds - refreshments available for purchase ·

Space is Limited - Purchase Ticket Here
 
contact: Jessica Arble -or- Shelby Turner

Announcements

TEQUILA & TACO HAPPY HOUR
· 540 John Carlyle St · ALEXANDRIA, VA ·

MONDAY, MAY O8, 2023 @ 4:00-6:00 PM

two free drink tickets - for PTOS members only
· NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS & OUTDOOR SEATING AVAILABLE ·

 
contact: David.Lotter@uspto.gov -or- Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

Announcements

 

PTOS presents Community Day Lunch

When: Thursday, May 11th at noon MT

Where: 14th Floor training room at Rocky Mountain Regional Office in the Byron Rogers Federal Building (1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294)

What: Sandwiches, chips, and drinks and raffle at 12:30 pm for PTOS members

RSVP by May 9th to guarantee food

RSVP link: https://forms.office.com/g/vcJakk6i3q

Announcements

Join the Patents Worklife Team on a bus trip to Atlantic City on July 7th!  See details below and attached.   Spots are limited, so sign up soon to reserve your seat!

 

  • June 23rd is the deadline to make the payment 
  • Payments can be made in-person
  • CashApp: $chardy0726
  • Cash, Checks, Mail-in Payments accepted
  • Contact your TC/Business Unit rep for additional information  

 

Patents Worklife Website

https://ptoweb.uspto.gov/patents/worklife/

Announcements

Join the Patents Worklife Team on a bus trip to Atlantic City on July 7th!  See details below and attached.   Spots are limited, so sign up soon to reserve your seat!

 

  • June 23rd is the deadline to make the payment 
  • Payments can be made in-person
  • CashApp: $chardy0726
  • Cash, Checks, Mail-in Payments accepted
  • Contact your TC/Business Unit rep for additional information  

 

Patents Worklife Website

https://ptoweb.uspto.gov/patents/worklife/

Announcements

Remember the old days when you would

get together with coworkers for a taco and beer?

 

Let’s do it again.

 

Join PTOS at FAB (a six-minute walk from the office)

· 110 Paseo De San Antonio San Jose, CA 95112 ·

Outdoor Patio Seating

 

April 27th 2023 @ 4:00-6:00 PM PT

 

· one drink and one taco per member ·

·shared appetizers will also be provided to members ·

 

Please RSVP to Brent.Fairbanks@USPTO.GOV by 26 April 2023.

 

 

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

 

Recent Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Decisions:

A Brief Update on What is Going on in Patent Law

Meredith Schoenfeld, Office of the Solicitor

May 9, 2023 from 2-3pm ET

 

Please join us as we welcome Meredith Schoenfeld, from the Office of the Solicitor, who is presenting a CLE for us entitled, “Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Cases: A Brief Update on What is Going on in Patent Law.”

 

One hour of Virginia CLE credit has been applied for.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov.

* There is no Other Time available for this event. *

 

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Announcements

PTOS and WorkLife to Sponsor A Community Day Collection Drive Thursday, May 11, 2023:

 

The USPTO’s Worklife Team and the Patent and Trademark Office Society will host a Cleaning drive to collect furniture, household items, and clothing for the various charities.

Items will be accepted on Thursday, May 11, outside the south entrance of the Madison Building, along Eisenhower Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (for multiple item drop-off, please drive up and volunteers will help you unload your vehicle).

 

Donations of goods will be accepted on behalf of the non-profit organization The Salvation Army.

 

Representatives from these local charities will be on hand to accept your donations and supply receipts.

 

For information about the types of goods accepted, contact Tonia Dollinger at 571-272-4170 or Rebecca Eisenberg 571-270-5879

 

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

TXRO-PTOS April Happy Hour 

 

Thursday, April 13th, 2023 at 5:30PM CST

 

***RSVP via email ASAP***

 

Location?

Vidorra

5100 Belt Line Rd #410, Addison, TX 75254

 

How much is sponsored by the PTOS?

Up to $20 per person

 

Time?

5:30 PM CST

 

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Announcements

PTOS Denver Happy Hour & Trivia

When: Wednesday, April 19th from 6:30–8:30 pm

Where: Stoney's Uptown 1035 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

What: Eat and drink with members and trivia too!  All you can eat wings are available for purchase.

POC: Rachelle Reichert

Announcements

Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Random Row Brewing Co. on Friday, April 14, from 5-7!

 

 

608 Preston Ave # A, Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS


"When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consutling Firm" by Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe

Tuesday,  May 2, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)

LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)

Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

 

CELEBRATING OUR NEW MEMBERS AT WHISKEY & OYSTER HAPPY HOUR
· 301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314 ·
 
MARCH 30TH 2023 @ 4:00-6:00 PM ET

ONE FREE DRINK TICKET - FOR PTOS MEMBERS ONLY
· NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS AVAILABLE ·

SHARED APPETIZERS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

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SHARED APPETIZERS INCLUDE:
· KUNG PAO CAULIFLOWER ·
· FLASH FRIED CALAMARI ·
· HUSH PUPPIES ·
· DUCK SPRING ROLLS ·


contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

*YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP AT THE EVENT.

Announcements

PTOS Members Night

(PTOS Members age 21 and over ONLY)
Monday, April 17th, 2023 4:00-7:00PM

@ The Clara Barton Auditorium

600 Dulany Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

(Parking at the USPTO Alexandria Campus)

USPTO Alexandria Campus Map
Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts provided
Free Casino Play Provided

Must be a PTOS member to attend, bring your PTOS ID with barcode for fast entrance (otherwise USPTO Badge or Driver’s License). Membership forms will be available at the door, a completed membership form will permit entrance into the event.  Every member that attends will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Must be present to win.

* Direct any questions to

Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or David.Lotter@upsto.gov

 

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

 

IMPROV FOR LAWYERS: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO ARBITRATION

Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers

                               

Please join us Wednesday, March 29  from 2-4pm ET for an interactive workshop which teaches attendees how to listen better, think more quickly on one’s feet, improve confidence and the importance of non-verbal communication.  

 

Sharon Geller, a comedic actress who has appeared on Saturday Night Live 4 times, will be our presenter.  She has been teaching IMPROV FOR LAWYERS, a course she created at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, since 2009. Sharon teaches people how to think more quickly on their feet, listen better, be more confident, think outside of the box and support their team-players. Her clients include the ABA, PBI, PBA, DRI, and Women in the Profession as well as Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Berkshire Hathaway Realtors.

 

Two hours of Virginia CLE credit has been applied for.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov.

* There is no Other Time available for this event. *

 

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March 29, 2023 from 2:00PM–4:00PM ET

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Evening at the Embassy of Slovenia

Fri, March 24, 2023 @ 07:00PM To Fri, March 24, 2023 @ 09:30PM

Embassy of Slovenia
2410 California St NW,
Washington, District Of Columbia

Price: $51 (each member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Friday March 17th through https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

DETAILS

Tonight, join the diplomats from Slovenia at their magnificent embassy for a unique embassy event like never before.

Through the live Slovenian entertainment, bar, diplomats, and other cultural aspects of the evening, we’ll take in the rich customs of the Slovenian people. Savor the hospitality of this beautiful embassy as we enjoy a special evening on Slovenian soil.

The evening begins with a diplomatic greeting followed by a presentation of Slovenian culture.  You will enjoy an exclusive live musical performance by visiting native Slovenian Musicians.

FEATURING:

1) LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FROM A NATIVE SLOVENIAN PERFORMER

In town for one night only, we will be treated to a special performance by Slovenian musician Igor Lumpert Shorter!

Our featured performer is one of the leading Slovenian musicians in the world!  Igor performed at jazz festivals in Ljubljana, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Csfero, at major jazz clubs around the world including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, Cornelia Street Cafe, Supper Club, Porgy and Bess, Unterfahrt, with such jazz legends as Reggie Workman, John Abercrombie, Chico Hamilton. In 2011 Igor was commissioned to create a piece for the closure of the European Capital of Culture. 

2) DIPLOMATIC GREETING: 

Hear from the Slovenian diplomats, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

3) SLOVENIAN WINE:

Enjoy wine native Slovenian wine – some of which is not readily available in the U.S.

4) SLOVENIAN FOOD:

Taste a unique buffet of a variety of native Slovenian food. 

5) SLOVENIAN ART: 

Experience the art of Slovenia currently on display at the Embassy.

6) SLOVENIAN FILM: 

Enjoy a special film highlighting the scenery, culture and people of Slovenia.

 

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov) or Anand Loharikar (Anand.Loharikar@uspto.gov) with any questions.

 

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Evening at the Embassy of Rwanda (limited availability)

Fri, March 31, 2023 @ 07:00PM To Fri, March 31, 2023 @ 09:30PM

Embassy of Rwanda
1714 New Hampshire Ave NW,
Washington, District Of Columbia

Price $54 (each member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Friday March 17th through https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

Details

Journey to Africa without ever leaving the district as we invite you to a unique cultural experience at the Embassy of Rwanda.

Join us for a special taste of native food, drinks, live music, diplomats, film, and more!

 

FEATURING:

A) Rwandan Food: 

Enjoy a special buffet made directly by the Ambassador’s personal chef.


B) Rwandan and other African Beverages (Open Bar): 

Sample the best and most unique wines, beers and other cocktails commonly found in Rwanda.


C) Diplomatic Greeting from the Ambassador: 

Hear from the Ambassador, H.E. Mathilde Mukantabana and feel free to network with her and the diplomatic staff, all of whom will be invited to this special evening.


D) Rwandan Art: 

Throughout the embassy, the diplomats have arranged for the presentation of special native artifacts and paintings unseen to most Americans’ eyes.


E) Rwandan Cultural Film: 

At your leisure, you are invited to watch recurring films showcasing Rwanda’s cities, mountains, borders, landscape, people, tribes, safari tours, everyday culture and much much more.

 

F) Rwandan Musical Presentation

 

Suggested Attire

Business Casual. Preppy at a Minimum. (Jeans, Tee Shirts, Sneakers or other Casual Wear are not Acceptable)

 

 Note: The event is presented as a cultural event organized by us at the Embassy of Rwanda. Your registration fee is used solely to present diverse cultural events. No part of the admission fee is related in any way to the Embassy of Rwanda or staff at the Embassy of Rwanda We appreciate your support of our events!

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Kang Hu (Kang.Hu@uspto.gov) or Anand Loharikar (Anand.Loharikar@uspto.gov) with any questions.

 

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

PTOS Annual Meeting Interview with Scott Jordan

 

 

.                                                  

 

 

Scott Jordan co-founded SCOTTeVEST in the year 2000 with his wife, Laura. Scott remains intimately involved in every aspect of the business from engineering the perfect pocket, overseeing the entire customer experience, maintaining/establishing relationships with factories and vendors to the "big picture" fun stuff, like determining the future of the company. You can watch the full interview with Scott and also watch Scott on Season 3, Episode 11 of ABC's Shark Tank with the links provided below.

 

Link to the 2023 Annual Meeting Speaker interview: PTOS Interview with Scott Jordan.mp4

Questions for Scott? – PTOS Members can e-mail him: scott@scottevest.com

Members can also download for free Scott’s Book “Pocket Man: The Unauthorized Autobiography of a Passionate, Personal Promoter”:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fj8kqzeWcm8812Can0hTrhqfG8Us_qY_/view?usp=sharing
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1mmc83009hzqrn/PocketManBook.pdf?dl=0 

Link to Scott’s Shark Tank episode:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_0HDa45vdQNDVjWXhrbUFkNXM/view?usp=drivesdk&resourcekey=0-qxskcGZuk6rJyue_r2zOUw

To purchase an official copy of Scott’s book:

https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Man-Unauthorized-Autobiography-Passionate/dp/0692315594/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XY8HA3SJ944E&keywords=Scott+Jordan+pocket+man&qid=1677702455&sprefix=scott+jordan+pocket+ma%2Caps%2C168&sr=8-1

 Note: Scott’s book and full Shark Tank episode must be downloaded/viewed from an external computer.

 

Announcements

Men's & Women's College Basketball Bracket Pick'em

Men’s Tournament runs March 14th – April 3rd
 sign up here: www.ptos.org/mensbasketballpickem/
Women’s Tournament runs March 15th – April 2nd
 sign up here: www.ptos.org/womensbasketballpickem/

• Open to ALL USPTO employees
• To participate you must sign-up & fill out your bracket by noon (EDT) on the respective start date for the tournament
• There is no cost to participate – PTOS membership is not required
• Limit one bracket per tournament per person
• Grand prize for 1st place per tournament: winner’s choice of NCAA basketball jersey
 
Show Your School Pride!
on March 14th & 15th wear your favorite jersey, ball cap, pullover or sweatshirt

This event is cosponsored by
PTOS & Patents Worklife Team

No other time is authorized for this event.
This is for informational purposes only and does not imply an endorsement of any related business.
The USPTO makes no guarantee as to the nature of any products or services offered.

Questions – Contact: Rob Hodge (2-2097), David Lotter (0-7422),  or Shelby Turner (2-6334)

Announcements

St Augustine, FL Distillery Tour and Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at St Augustine Distillery on Saturday, April 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm!

 

 

 

112 Riberia St, St Augustine Fl 32084

 

You can take a self-guided tour of the distillery and enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non-members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Tatiana for information about this event: Tatiana.Nobrega@uspto.gov

 

 

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID‐19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot

guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID‐19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO. It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

 

Announcements

PTOS Denver Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, March 14 from 5-7 pm

Where: Mobcraft Beer Denver, 2403 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205

What: Eat and drink with members, board games and trivia too!

POC: Allison Bourke

Announcements

WANTED:

Patent and Trademark Office Society

2023 Science Fair Judges (In-Person)

For regional science and engineering fairs

 

Fields for judging include:

Microbiology

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Physics

Environmental Sci.

Earth & Space Sciences

Health & Medicine

Computer Science

Engineering

 

Location, Date,   Time

Arlington County Virginia Regional Fair Sat., March 4th 9:30am-noon Arlington, VA (Wakefield HS)

 

Fairfax County Virginia Regional Fair   Sat., March 18th        8:30am-noon

Fairfax, VA (Robinson HS)

 

P.G. County Maryland Science Fair       Sat., March 18th        8:30am-noon

Springdale, MD (Charles Herbert Flowers HS)

 

 

If Interested, please RSVP with:

Brian Slawski (Arlington)       brian.slawski@uspto.gov         x03855

Pinping Sun (Fairfax)           pinping.sun@uspto.gov           x01284

Gary Benzion (PG)               gary.benzion@uspto.gov          x20782

 

 

 

Anyone qualified in the above areas, including Spouses & Friends, are invited to judge

(NOTE: No "other time" granted for participation)

 

PTOS Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

JPTOS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT- Digital Content Manager

Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society

PO BOX 2600

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA  22202

 

Digital Content Manager

 

By requirement of Article VII, Section 2(i) of the Society Constitution, Article III, Sections 4 and 5 of the By Laws and Article VII of the Standing Rules of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a vacancy is announced to all active members of the Society for the position of Digital Content Manager of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

 

This position is salaried – compensation is $300 (three hundred dollars)/month.  This position is not a voting position on the Board of Governors.

PURPOSE

•           The Digital Content Manager is responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Editor-In-Chief with generating content pertaining to developments in intellectual property, including but not limited to copyrights, patents and trademarks.

•           The Digital Content Manager is responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Editor-In-Chief with curating/developing and maintaining the content on the JPTOS Website.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

•           The Digital Content Manager must be an active member of the Society.

•           Demonstrated skill set to perform the duties as noted below.

•           Experience managing a blog or experience with a law journal is preferred.

•           Candidate preferably possesses two (2) years of full or part-time experience in web-development or website support, though a degree in Computer Science, Web-Design, or digital publishing, with relevant coursework can serve as a substitute.

•           Familiarity with Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”) is preferred.

•           Familiarity with content management systems and basic understanding of HTML/CSS preferred.

 

 

 

DUTIES

•           The Digital Content Manager will assist with coordinating the writings of other authors at www.jptos.org and ensure that the writing complies with the USPTO's Official Communications Policy.

•           The Digital Content Manager is responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Editor-In-Chief with curating/developing and maintaining the content on the JPTOS social media accounts

•           The Digital Content Manager may recruit qualified volunteer authors in order to maintaining an active blog with regular posts. (including but not limited to analysis of and commentary on cases and briefs and relevant developments in intellectual property.)

 

TERM LENGTH

•           This post is an at-will position with a term of three (3) years. Said term is renewable with approval by the Board of Governors without a need for reapplying.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

•           All applicants must submit a résumé and qualifications statement.

•           A personal interview conducted by the Board of Governors may be required.

•           This position will be filled by majority vote of the Board of Governors with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors of the Society.

 

 

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS STATEMENT TO:

 

Joshua Schwartz (exec.dir@jptos.org) 571-270-7494

 

DEADLINE -- 5:00 PM on March 15, 2023

Announcements

TXRO-PTOS March Lunch 

 

Friday, March 3rd, 2023 at 12:30PM CST

 

***RSVP via email ASAP***

 

Location?

Salsa Limon

411 North Akard Street

Dallas, TX 75201

 

How much is sponsored by the PTOS?

Up to $20 per person

 

Time?

12:30 PM CST

 

Where should I park?

Street parking is the best (don’t forget to pay at the meter)

 

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS


"The Wrong End of the Telescope" by Rabih Alameddine

WINNER OF THE 2022 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

UPDATED IP Trends in Congress

 

Join the PTOS for a seminar with Bradley Watts, the Vice President for Patents and Innovation Policy at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC).  Prior to working with GIPC, he served with Senator Thom Tillis’s office as Republican Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on IP.  We’ll discuss trends in IP law, with a focus on patent law.  Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.

 

*UPDATED* Date and Time: Friday, February 24, 2023 from 2:30-3:30pm ET

 

If you have any questions, please contact David Laux at david.laux@USPTO.GOV or Cathy Loikith at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

 

There is no Other Time available for this event.

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Announcements

WANTED:
Patent and Trademark Office Society
2023 Science Fair Judges (In-Person)
For regional science and engineering fairs

Fields for judging include:
Microbiology
Biochemistry
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Sci.
Earth & Space Sciences
Health & Medicine
Computer Science
Engineering

Location, Date,   Time      
Arlington County Virginia Regional Fair Sat., March 4th 9:30am-noon
Arlington, VA (Wakefield HS)

Fairfax County Virginia Regional Fair Sat., March 18th 8:30am-noon
Fairfax, VA (Robinson HS)

P.G. County Maryland Science Fair Sat., March 18th  8:30am-noon
Springdale, MD (Charles Herbert Flowers HS)


If Interested, please RSVP with:
Brian Slawski (Arlington) brian.slawski@uspto.gov  x03855
Pinping Sun (Fairfax)               pinping.sun@uspto.gov  x01284
Gary Benzion (PG)               gary.benzion@uspto.gov  x20782

 

Anyone qualified in the above areas, including Spouses & Friends, are invited to judge
(NOTE: No "other time" granted for participation)

PTOS Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Patent and Trademark Office Society

Annual Meeting

February 23, 2023

2:00 p.m. EST

Featuring:

Scott Jordan

Scott Jordan co-founded SCOTTeVEST in the year 2000 with his wife, Laura. Scott remains intimately involved in every aspect of the business from engineering the perfect pocket, overseeing the entire customer experience, maintaining/establishing relationships with factories and vendors to the "big picture" fun stuff, like determining the future of the company. You can watch Scott on Season 3, Episode 11 of ABC's Shark Tank.

Webex link to be sent out prior to the meeting.

PTOS Members: One hour of other time (with supervisor approval) for attending may be charged to:

Patent employees: PNCSPA-0000-090241

Non-Patent employees: AVEORG-0065-A00151

Announcements

PTOS Members in Central Florida! 

 

 

The PTOS is interested in organizing events in the

Jacksonville, Orlando, St Augustine, Daytona and surrounding areas

Interested PTOS members please contact: Tatiana.Nobrega@USPTO.GOV

For questions about membership contact: membership@ptos.org

Announcements

PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks

 

Exploring your options for Social Security?

 

Understanding your options for Social Security can be confusing and overwhelming.

Whether you may retire soon or are just beginning to think about it, this workshop will help you explore your options, including:

-Things to consider before collecting Social Security benefits

-An introduction to Social Security

-Claiming strategies

 

 

Thursday, 2/15/2023 from 12‐1 p.m.

All are invited!

 

Join on your computer or mobile app

https://bit.ly/PTOSFebruary2023Talk

 

Or call in (audio only)

+1 540-566-5633,, 40090240#

Phone Conference ID: 400 902 40#

 

 

 

Hosted by: Education Committee.

For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan.

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member

www.ptos.org

 

Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Dear PTOS Membership:

 

Following are the results of the 2023 PTOS Election. 

 

2023 PTOS Election Results

 

Constitutional Amendments:

Article V, Section 2: PASSED

Article IX, Section 4: PASSED

Article IX, Section 5: PASSED

 

Officers

President

Rebecca Eisenberg

Vice President

David Lotter

Secretary

Ryan Clark

Administrator

Luther Behringer

Treasurer

Matthew Troutman

 

HQ / Shirlington / Hoteling Representatives

 

TC 1600 (2)

Lynn Bristol, Rayna Rodriguez

TC 1700/2900 (2)

Brandon Rosati, Holly Thurman

TC 2100 (2)

Maria Ayad, Kevin Lu

TC 2400 (2)

William Kim, Angela Nguyen

TC 2600 (2)

Neil McLean, Tsung-Yin Tsai

TC 2800 (2)

Joshua Schwartz, Leah Rosenberg

TC 3600 (2)

Catherine Loikith, Jeffrey O’Brien

TC 3700 (2)

Anne Kozak, Keith Raymond

CFO/CAO/CIO/OPIM (1)

Rex Rooker

Trademarks (2)

Cheryl Butler, Monique Watts

Director’s Office / PTAB /  Policy and International Affairs (1)

Nyeemah Grazier

OPLA/OPQA/Others (1)

Fred Guillermety

 

Regional Representatives

 

MWRO (Detroit)

William Monticello

RMRO (Denver)

Allison Bourke

TXRO (Dallas)

Neel Patel

SVRO (San Jose)

Brent Fairbanks

 

At Large Representatives

 

Jessica Arble, Philip Bonzell, Alex DeVito, Ryan Donlon, Katie Gerth, Rachel Highland, Kang Hu, Razu Miah, Anna Pagonakis, Shelby Turner

 

Announcements

Alexandria – PTOS HAPPY HOUR – Feb 10th

 

 

Friday Feb 10, 2023 at 5:00-6:30

Joe Theismann’s located at 1800 Diagonal Rd

 

 

All PTOS members will receive ONE ticket that can be exchanged for ONE happy hour menu (excluding the crab nachos).

Please check-in with the Social Committee representative, the one behind a computer, when you enter. You will be given a ticket at checkin.

 

Joe Theismann’s full happy hour menu.

 

 

POC: Stephen.yanchuk@uspto.gov

 

Non-duty time

No other timer permitted for this event.

*Non-Members can sign up for membership at the event

 


Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event. 

Announcements
PTOS - DETROIT Detroit Roller Derby Home Team Championship and Alumni Game SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023, 5:00pm Masonic Temple 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201 PTOS member price: $5 per ticket Each member is allowed a maximum of two tickets. DEADLINE TO ORDER TICKETS: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8th. Questions about this event: david.posigian@uspto.gov www.detroitrollerderby.com Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org
Announcements
Charlottesville, VA February Happy Hour! Come join us at Jack Brown’s on Friday, February 3, from 5-7! 109 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Enjoy a beverage on PTOS! Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event. Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend. This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO. It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.
Announcements

PTOS Education Committee presents:

PTOS Discussion Series: AI-Driven Innovation

February 8, 2023 from 4-5pm ET

 

Join your fellow PTOS members to discuss your thoughts on AI-driven innovations, AI inventorship, and Unanticipated IP challenges from AI-driven innovations.  If you would like to learn more about these topics prior to the PTOS discussion, register for free and tune in to the USPTO programming from noon-4PM ET (11:00AM-3:00PM CST).

USPTO AI/ET Partnership event: AI/ET Partnership Series #3: AI-driven innovation | USPTO

 

If you have questions, please contact Stephen at Stephen.Yanchuk@USPTO.GOV or Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

 

  • No other time has been authorized for this event.
  • Participation is considered “off-duty” time.

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Announcements

PTOS Spring Wine Events & Wine Package Ordering

Join us and connect with your fellow PTOS members through virtual wine events!

No purchase necessary to attend these free virtual wine events. 

Each event includes a brief presentation on the climate, history, geography, and culture of a different wine region and a guided virtual wine tasting. 

Information on the optional purchase of wine bottles to accompany each event can be found below.

 

Wine Events Dates:

February 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon

March 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Champagne

April 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Tuscany - Sangiovese 

May 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Savennieres - Chenin Blanc

 

Wine Package Ordering:

The Spring wine package includes four wine bottles offered a rate subsidized by PTOS.  Each of these bottles will corresponds to a virtual wine event.  Purchase is not necessary to attend these free events for PTOS and friends. 

Limit one package per member.  Only 50 packages will be made available.

The last day for package purchases is COB on Monday Jan 23, 2023.

Cost to members is $126.

Link to Order Wine Package: https://reservations.ptos.org/product_info.php?cPath=29_45&products_id=133

 

 

More Details…

The virtual wine events will be hosted by Stephen Yanchuk and Beth Dahlburg, examiners and members of PTOS.  Stephen and Beth have lead virtual wine events with members since 2018 and are both certified wine specialists.

It is free to attend the virtual wine events!

Participation in the monthly virtual wine events is highly encouraged.  The invitation to join each event will include serving and pairing suggestions to bring your wine exploration to the next level.

 

February 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon

“Littlefoot’s Great Valley”

     Littlefoot and his rag tag team of youthful Dinos set out for the greener pastures of ‘The Great Valley’ in the 1988 smash hit ‘The Land Before Time’. Just as their journey made them into heroes, so too are those who set out to vinify the Napa Valley, California! With over FIFTY of the world’s best wine growing soils concentrated in one valley, we get a unique opportunity to explore the effect of terroir on the world renowned cabernet sauvignon grape.

     We will virtually connect to discuss the climate, soil, and history of the Napa Valley region with a focus on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. The accompanying bottle is considered an “NDA” bottle.

Package Wine: 

2020 Echoes in the Canyon Red Wine Oakville Napa Valley - $30

 

March 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Champagne

“Champagne, it’s not just for breakfast anymore”

     Beth and I road tripped for five days from Les Riceys to Reims exploring the countryside of Champagne, France and we can't wait to share our experiences. From big houses to grower-producers, there's a lot to discover. Not only is Champagne perfect for celebration, but it can pair with virtually any food. Our favorite? With fried potatoes of course.

     We will virtually connect to discuss the climate, soil, and history of the Champagne region with a focus on the grower-producers of the region. There's always a reason to celebrate and we can’t wait to see you there. 

Package Wine:

NV Pierre Moncuit Delos Grand Cru Brut Champagne - $49

 

April 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Tuscany - Sangiovese 

“Basking in the Tuscan Sun Eating Fava Beans”

     What better way to dream of an Italian vacation than to smell, swirl, and savor the flavors of Chianti Classico from the Tuscany region of Italy?  The Sangiovese grape ripens beautifully in the bright sun of this central Italian region, which has a rich history of more than 300 years.  There is much to learn about what makes this territory so special and worth protecting.

     We will virtually connect to discuss the climate, soil, and history of the Tuscan Chianti region with a focus on the Sangiovese grape variety.   Join us to learn more about what puts the classic in Chianti Classico. 

Package Wine:

2016 Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva Tuscany - $25

 

May 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET: Savennieres - Chenin Blanc

“Quite Possibly the Best White Wine in the World”

     We discovered this region when the pandemic was in full swing and our wine studies were the only way we could travel. Beth and I had been reading about the Loire Valley in France and their famous Chenin Blanc when we came across a wine writer describing the Savennieres region with such vivid detail that we had to find a bottle. Chenin Blanc from Savennieres truly wowed us! It is a wonderful treat to be able to discover a bottle that we can ship to everyone. 

     We will virtually connect to discuss the climate, soil, and history of the Loire Valley with a focus on the Chenin Blanc grape variety. Find out why Chenin Blanc from Savennieres is a cult classic among wine professionals. 

Package Wine:

2018 Domaine FL Le Parc Savennieres - $46

 

NOTE:

  1. NO other time is provided for this event
  2. Participation is considered “off duty” time

 

For Questions: Stephen.Yanchuk@USPTO.Gov Subject “Wine”

 

Announcements

Virtual Burns Night & Sampler Kit!

 

Join us on Wednesday, January 25, at 8 pm ET, and raise a glass of your favorite whisky (or whiskey or other beverage) as we toast the Great Chieftain o the puddin'-race!

 

We’ll watch a video of a Burns Night in 2014 and listen to Jock Laidlaw Address the Haggis!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvheqGfRuBA

 

Limited subsidized sampler kits are available for member purchase at reservations.ptos.org for $33.50!

 

Slange Var!

 

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Announcements

Washington Capitals v. St. Louis Blues

 

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM

 

Cost: $90 per game ticket

& pass for Devils Backbone Lounge for BBQ & Beer

Ticket valid for an entrée & side item from Devils Backbone Lounge’s food stand

Unlimited beer, wine, & soft drinks within Devils Backbone Lounge*

(*through the end of 2nd intermission)

 

 

purchase tickets here

 

contact: Hubert.Cheung@uspto.gov – or - Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"The Sports Gene" by David Epstein

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
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Announcements

FOR PTOS Members only - can purchase up to 2 tickets

NEW YEAR’S EVE CIRQUE du 2023 GLOBAL GALA

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sat Dec 31, 2022 9:00 PM (vip) or 10:30p (ambassador) TO 2:00 AM

PRICE: $113 (ambassador) or $225 (vip) PER PERSON

Tonight, we circle the globe and touch countries from around the globe to make this a truly WORLD-WIDE WELCOME into 2023!

15 INTERNATIONAL THEMED CELEBRATIONS ~ MULTIPLE SEPARATE BALLROOMS  ~ ONE OF D.C.’s MOST LUXURIOUS LOCATIONS ~ EXCLUSIVE CIRQUE NEW YEAR’S EVE PERFORMANCES ~ LIVE BANDS, including 7 DEADLIES ~ SALUTE TO MULTIPLE COUNTRIES ~ FULLY STOCKED OPEN BAR ~ MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE TOAST ~ HUGE MIDNIGHT BALLOON DROP ~ D.C.’S BEST DJS ~ KARAOKE ~  STROLLING ENTERTAINERS  ~ PARTY FAVORS ~ CARICATURIST DRAWINGS ~ AFRICAN DANCE SHOW ~ THE CHINESE LION DANCE ~ LIVE IRISH DANCE SHOW ~ OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION~   INCREDIBLE HOTEL ROOM RATES ~ WHITE GLOVE SERVICE ~ VIP OPTIONS ~ MANY BARS AND STATIONS TO PREVENT LONG LINES ~ A SELL OUT EVERY YEAR ~ AND MUCH MORE!

Suggested attire:
Black Tie Optional. Suit and Tie, Cocktail Dresses at a Minimum.
 
Event hosted by PTOS International Relations Committee, working with ThingsToDoDC.
Tickets must be purchased online at https://reservations.ptos.org/
 
All Reservations must be made by Fri 12/23 @ Noon
 
Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756) or Kang Hu (01344)
 
Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Charlottesville, VA Holiday Party!

 

Come join us at Three Notch’d Brewing Co. on Friday, December 9, from 5-7!

 

 

520 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Enjoy an appetizer and a drink at Three Notch’d Brewery!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Announcements

Patent and Trademark Office Society
INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR JUDGES WANTED!!
2023 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR (ISEF) Dallas, TX May 13-19, 2023

Each year, the PTOS provides judges for this event as a public relations gesture, to promote knowledge of patents, and encourage innovation and scientific progress by today’s youth.

Find detailed information about ISEF at https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef. Application forms to be an ISEF JUDGE is posted for PTOS members at http://www.ptos.org/committees/science_fair/international.html and also available from:
JULIE ANNE WATKO KNX8A75 571-272-7597 or
ALAN CHEN  571-272-4143

Applications to be an INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR JUDGE must be turned in to JULIE ANNE WATKO or ALAN CHEN by:
NOON on JANUARY 6, 2023

The categories for which judges will be selected comprise:
BIOCHEMISTRY, CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION, MEDICINE & HEALTH, MICROBIOLOGY, AND PHYSICS

The judging team selected will represent the PTOS.  The judges will choose one Grand Prize winner, and several First Place award winners from over 1800 finalist entries originating from over 75 nations worldwide.  Each selected judge will gain experience by organizing volunteers for regional science fairs judged by PTOS.
Dedicated to the improvement and appreciation of the United States Patent & Trademark Systems

Announcements

Join the PTOS Board of Directors!

 

Turn in your nominating petition form between November 28 - December 15 and your name will be placed on the ballot for the 2023 election.

 

Nominations will be accepted for the following positions:

 

Positions for which all PTOS members are eligible:

 

President

Vice President

Secretary

Administrator

Treasurer

At Large Representative (10 positions available)

 

Virginia HQ / Hoteling Representative Positions (All members eligible except those listed in PALM as non-hotelers having a physical office at one of the four USPTO Regional Offices. Member must work within the respective business unit):

 

TC 1600, 1700/2900, 2100, 2400, 2600, 2800, 3600, 3700 (2 from each – 16 total positions)

OCFO / OCAO / OCIO / OPIM (1 position)

Trademarks (2 positions)

Office of the Director / PTAB / Office of the General Counsel /Office of Policy & International Affairs (1 position)

OPLA/OPQA/All others not specified (1 position) – Includes Office of the Commissioner, CRU, others

 

Regional Office Representative Positions (All members eligible, but they must be nominated by members who live within a 50-mile radius of the respective Regional Office.  Members may not submit petitions for both a Regional Rep position and Virginia HQ /Hoteling Rep position):

 

Midwest Regional Office (1 position)

Rocky Mountain Regional Office (1 position)

Silicon Valley Regional Office (1 position)

Texas Regional Office (1 position)

 

Visit http://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2023_election.html to get your nominating petition form and for guidelines on obtaining signatures.

 

Completed forms must be submitted to robert.fuller@uspto.gov (CC: thane.underdahl@uspto.gov) by 3:00PM E.T. on December 15, 2022.

 

While you may use USPTO email to collect nomination signatures (see guidelines at http://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2023_election.html).  USPTO email may not be used for campaigning. Violations of election bylaws can be confidentially reported to the Election Committee at evote@ptos.org.

You may submit campaign material (e.g. a flyer or a short bio with information about yourself, your history of service with PTOS, and how you envision serving the Society while in office) along with your petition form.  Your material will be posted on the Election Committee page of the PTOS website. Campaign material will be accepted for posting until 3:00 PM E.T. on Jan 3rd, 2023.

 

Voting will take place from January 10-12, 2023.

Announcements


WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE Voluntary Employee Organizations HOLIDAY SOIRÉE

RSVP to HolidayRSVP@uspto.gov

JOIN US IN PERSON FOR COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZERS AND DRINKS

MADISON CLARA BARTON AUDITORIUM

Monday, December 12, 2022
3 to 6 p.m. ET

Join us virtually and say "hi" to your colleagues:
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Meeting ID: 236 098 824 763 Passcode: F986ZJ

family members are WELCOME

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

Direct any questions to
Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov
Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov  or
David.Lotter@upsto.gov
 

Announcements

PTOS Happy Hour

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

3:00-5:00PM

Tequila and Taco

540 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314

After a day of relaxation at the self-care fair, come enjoy a beverage and some camaraderie with PTOS.

*One drink ticket per member*

You can sign up for membership at the event

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

Direct any questions to Rebecca.Eisenberg@uspto.gov

Questions about membership? Contact Membership@ptos.org

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Horse" by Geraldine Brooks

 

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 
 
New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
 
Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
 
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

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Tuesday,  December 20, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
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Announcements

PTOS Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 8th, 2022 5:00-7:30PM
Bistro Sancerre
1725 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Come enjoy a selection of appetizers, desserts and drinks. Available on a first come first served basis. 
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

Direct any questions to
Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov
Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov  or
David.Lotter@upsto.gov

Announcements

PTOS and OEEOD Present the Self-Care Fair
Take a moment for yourself at USPTO’s first-ever Self-Care Fair on Thursday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be in the Madison Atrium and digitally on: https://usptogov.sharepoint.com/sites/f8c07211/

 

Improve your mental and physical wellbeing with:
• Adorable therapy animals 
• Relaxing seated massages
• Tango lessons
• Easy access to your annual flu shot
• Decluttering experts
• Professional headshots to re-energize your professional and personal profiles
• World class human resources benefits specialists to help you with open season
• Representatives from the Ombudsman office
• Free PTOS swag
• Popcorn
• Cornhole
• And a visit from Santa


The event is not only for your self-care, the salvation army truck “fall sweep” will be parked behind Madison on Eisenhower Ave. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This a great opportunity to help those in need, while decluttering your home of unwanted items.
For more information please visit https://usptogov.sharepoint.com/sites/f8c07211/.

Announcements

PTOS and WorkLife to Sponsor Annual Fall Clean Sweep Collection Drive Thursday, December 1, 2022:

 

It's that time of year when many of us start to do some Fall cleaning.

 

The USPTO’s Worklife Team and the Patent and Trademark Office Society will host the Annual Fall Cleaning drive to collect furniture, household items, clothing, animal items, nonperishable food items, and eye glasses for various charities.

Items will be accepted on Thursday, December 1st, outside the south entrance of the Madison Building, along Eisenhower Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (for multiple item drop-off, please drive up and volunteers will help you unload your vehicle).

 

Donations of goods will be accepted on behalf of the non-profit organization The Salvation Army.

 

Representatives from these local charities will be on hand to accept your donations and supply receipts.

 

For information about the types of goods accepted, contact Tonia Dollinger at 571-272-4170 or Rebecca Eisenberg 571-270-5879

 

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

PTOS presents Denver Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, December 7 from 5-7pm

Where: Flyte Co Tower (3120 Uinta St – Central Park Neighborhood)

What: Bowling, 2 hours of beer and wine, and raffle prizes

 

NO OTHERTIME available for this event

 

Questions: Reach out to Katie Gerth at (katie.gerth@uspto.gov) or on Teams!

 

This event is in conjunction with the RMRO Holiday Party, which requires a ticket purchase.

See e-mail sent by Allison Bourke with information on the event.

Announcements

PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

Mitchell Hamline School of Law Presentation

 

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Intellectual Property (IP) Institute would like to partner with the Patent and Trademark Office Society to help interested professionals navigate the law school application process and provide scholarship assistance to qualified professionals who choose Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  After the presentation by the seven panelists (including professors and former students), there will be time for Q&A, so please bring any questions you have!

 

Join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 via WebEx from 2-3pm EST using the link below.

 

Attendee join link:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/j.php?MTID=m0e5362b435c40b180142a1c25377c08f

Webinar number:

2763 075 3250

Webinar password:

M5geDa5rNZ2 (65433257 from phones)

Join by phone

+1-415-527-5035 US Toll

Access code: 276 307 53250

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

 

No other time has been authorized for this event.

Announcements

Discount Movie Tickets

 

AMC Yellow and Regal Premiere available for $9 a ticket*
MUST BE A PTOS MEMBER TO PURCHASE

 

Place your order online @ reservations.ptos.org

ORDERS CAN BE DELIVERED BY MAIL -OR- PICKED UP ON THE ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS

 

For questions or help with the PTOS reservation system, contact Jessica Arble – jessica.arble@uspto.gov

*discount tickets subject to terms and conditions, see the reservation website for details

Announcements

 

Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Rockfish Brewing on Friday, October 21, from 5-7!

 

 

900 Preston Ave Charlottesville VA 22902

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Announcements

Dallas PTOS Social Event

 

Dave & Busters

9450 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75231

Thursday, October 27th, 2022 starting 6:30PM

 

*** RSVP via email to neel.patel@uspto.gov by Thursday, October 20th ***

 

Drinks and food will be sponsored by PTOS.

Non-members can sign up at the event.

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

PTOS Members Night
(PTOS Members age 21 and over ONLY)
Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 5:00-8:00PM
@ The Garden
5380 Eisenhower Avenue, C
Alexandria, VA 22304
Appetizers 5:00pm; Entrees 6:00pm; 6:15pm Desserts
Free Casino Play Provided
Must be a PTOS member to attend, bring your PTOS ID with barcode for fast entrance (otherwise USPTO Badge or Driver’s License). Membership forms will be available at the door, a completed membership form will permit entrance into the event.  Every member that attends will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Must be present to win.
* Direct any questions to
Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov
Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or David.Lotter@upsto.gov

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I" by Lindsey Fitzharris

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 274 512 849 588
Passcode: w9UWJ3
Download Teams | Join on the web
Or call in (audio only)
+1 540-566-5633,,92794883#   United States, Roanoke
Phone Conference ID: 927 948 83#

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

FOR PTOS Members only - can purchase up to 2 tickets

DAY OF THE DEAD MASQUERADE GALA
AT THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009

Sat Nov 5, 2022 8:15 PM TO 11:45 PM

PRICE: $85 PER PERSON

You are invited to embrace the season where very few else can say – ON MEXICAN SOIL!
-DAY OF THE DEAD LIVE MARIACHI MUSIC AND LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE
-DJ AND LATE NIGHT DANCING
-DAY OF THE DEAD BUFFET
-OPEN BAR
-MASQUERADE CONTEST!
…and much more!

Suggested attire:
Black Tie Preferred. Suits at a Minimum. Masquerade Encouraged.
(By Masquerade we mean either Face Mask, or decorated in Day of the Dead Style). Do not come in a non Mexican or ordinary Halloween costume.
 
Event hosted by PTOS International Relations Committee, working with ThingsToDoDC.
Tickets must be purchased online at https://reservations.ptos.org/
 
All Reservations must be made by Fri 10/21 @ Noon
 
Please direct any questions to Anand Loharikar (28756)
 
Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

As a Volunteer Employee Organization (VEO), PTOS Education Committee presents:

 

FREE training for VEO leaders and members in a three-part series of career development workshops!

 

Part III: “Career Longevity: Drop the Grind and Love Your Career Again”

 

October 18, 2022, 1:30-2:30pm ET

 

RSVP today. All sessions are hosted virtually and are recorded. So even if you can’t make it, RSVP and you’ll get a link to the recording.

 

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If you missed the previous two parts of the series:

  • For Part I, entitled “Three Ways Hybrid is Shaking Up Career Development and How to Adapt”, you can watch the recording (spilt on 3 videos) and view the slides here. Note that the first video requires you to fast forward to 7:27.
  • For Part II, entitled “Languishing, Fatigue, and Burnout Oh My: How to Reset After a Global Pandemic”, you can watch the recording and view the slides here.

 

There is No Other Time for this series.

 

If you have questions, please contact:

Amber (from USPTO Talent Acquisition) at amber.beam@uspto.gov or

Cathy (from PTOS Education Committee) at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov

Announcements

Boo! We have a scary good deal for you! Not one, but TWO!

 

PTOS Education Committee presents:

 

CLE #1 – Rescue Doctrines, presented by Ryan Pool

October 12, 2022 from 3-4pm ET

Mr. Pool is a Partner at MWZB who specializes in chemical and life sciences patent prosecution. The current presentation will be based on a collection of his recent academic works.

Event address for attendees:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=eae5509816028f33eabdfb3f1550cf191

Event number:

2761 696 1238

Event password:

dxSQMTMv6

 

CLE #2 – NFTs, Trademarks, and the First Amendment, presented by Andrew Michaels

October 26, 2022 from 3-4pm ET

Professor Michaels is an Assistant Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center.  He teaches and writes in the area of intellectual property law.

Event address for attendees:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef68cc378be92ebbb10fec5d1505fc30a

Event number:

2762 966 3210

Event password:

3uBEj5YP8

 

To login to and/or register early for each CLE, please click the links above.  The links are different.  So, to register for both CLEs, you’ll need to click each link.  You’re also welcome to only register for one or the other.

 

One hour of CLE credit from the Virginia State Bar has been applied for each CLE.  The Certificates of Attendance will be distributed after we receive approval.

 

* There is no Other Time for this event.

 

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Loikith at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

Announcements

What: Haunted Field of Screams Corn Maze

When: Oct. 22nd, at approximately 8pm (based on availability)

Location: 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton, CO 80229

Cost: $5 Members, $45 Non-members

Register by: Oct. 8th

 

RSVP: https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Covington (AMANDA.COVINGTON@USPTO.GOV OR x7-4604) or Holly Thurman (HOLLY.THURMAN@USPTO.GOV or x2-8068)

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org

 

Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event. 

Announcements

PTOS Bonfire

Please Join PTOS on October 23, 2022 for a Bonfire at Butler’s Orchard.

 

22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876

 

The pit will be open starting at 6:30 PM.

 

Smores and Beverages will be provided!

 

Cost- $2/per person.

RSVP: https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Eisenberg (Rebecca.Eisenberg@uspto.gov OR 0-5879)

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org

 

Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event. 

Announcements

End of the Fiscal Year Celebration at Dave & Buster’s

· 6655 SPRINGFIELD MALL ROAD· SPRINGFIELD, VA ·

Thursday, October 6th @ 5:30-8:30pm

              

Event Details

PTOS Members

Price: $2

Includes 1 drink ticket, first come first serve appetizers, and a play card w/ 90 chips & unlimited video game play

 

Non-Members

Price: $49

Includes 1 drink ticket, first come first serve appetizers, and a play card w/ 90 chips & unlimited video game play

 

Non-Members under 21

Price: $40

Includes first come first serve appetizers and a play card w/ 90 chips & unlimited video game play

 

Appetizers include:

  • Cheeseburger sliders
  • Truffle fries (V)
  • Chicken tacos (GF)
  • Roasted Vegetable tacos (V)(GF)
  • Chips w/ salsa, queso, & guacamole (V)

 

RSVP by Tuesday, September 27th online: https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

· CONTACT SHELBY.TURNER1@USPTO.GOV with questions·

Announcements

Venetian Ball at embassy of italy with ptos

Sat, October 08 2022

Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven St. NW

Washington, District of columbia

 

price: $89 for genearl admission; $142 for vip admission (each Member is allowed Maximum of two tickets) purchase by Friday, September 30th through https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

 

 

DETAILS

ADMISSION TO THE MAIN GALA IS AT 8:30 PM

VIP ADMISSION IS AT 7:00 PM  

– The Majesty of Rome;
– The Glory of Florence; and especially
– The Beauty that is Venice

Tonight, travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Washington, DC. In a rare opportunity, step on to Italian soil for a very special and elegant evening at the Embassy of Italy.

As you enter this incredible and beautiful Embassy, be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe. Experience an Italian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, dancing, opera, film, and more!

This classic celebration has been one of the hottest tickets to attend in Italy for centuries. Tonight, we invite you to come masquerade style (optional) and dance as they did on the most elegant of dance floors and ballrooms boarding Piazza San Marco, the Piazzetta, the Ducal Palace, or in the Bacino.

All this – plus a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of a former TTD staff member. (see below)

We are offering a VIP and GENERAL (Reduced) Admission package.

PROGRAM:

(VIP OPTION:  SEE BELOW – INCLUDES DINNER AND EARLY ADMISSION)

 

1) ITALIAN OPEN BAR: 

Toast to Venice and Italy all night long with fantastic Italian wines, beers and other (non alcoholic beverages).

 

2) ITALIAN DESSERTS: 

Experience a buffet of authentic Italian desserts. (An optional VIP reception is also available via this website which includes a private reception with exquisite buffet dinner of Italian delicacies).

DESERT MENU:

Cannoli
Cassata
Limoncello Cookies
Tiramisu
Individual Ricotta Cheesecake with almonds
Zabaglione Sauce with Berries
Fritelle alla Veneziane

 

3) VENETIAN  BALLROOM MUSIC (8:30  pm to 10:30  pm):

Tonight’s Ball will fill the room with Italy’s and Europe’s greatest classical ballroom treasures as you dance the night away in this unique, authentic setting.

 

4) VENETIAN BALLROOM DANCE PRESENTATION & LESSON: 

A masterful local Ballroom instructor/couple will perform a special dance show highlighting the ballroom classics as danced for centuries in the balls at Piazza San Marco .  Following the demonstration, our instructors will offer a brief ballroom lesson to keep you dancing the way Venetians danced for centuries.

 

5) OPERA PRESENTATION: 

The first opera was performed in 1600 at the wedding of Maria de Medici and Henry IV of France at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Since then, Italy has created much of the world’s greatest opera. From Monteverdi’s creations at the Teatro San Cassiano, to Rossini’s comic operas such as The Barber of Seville, to the new and rising opera pièces of the 21st Century, the standard for all opera originates in, and permeates, the Italian soul.

Tonight we present you with a unique sampling of timeless classics from the leading Opera houses of Italy. Two opera singers will be on hand for a live exclusive performance (from the Baroque, through the romantic period and to today).

 

6) MASQUERADE CONTEST: 

Note, while we will be in official Ball attire, for those who choose, we ask you to now wear your Venetian “mask” in a unique contest. Tonight, we will pick two winners (one male and one female). Winners will receive prizes.

 

7)  LATE DJ & DANCING:

In the last half of the evening, one of Washington, D.C.’s greatest D.J.s brings us the best in retro, swing and top 40 dancing – Italian style!

 

8) WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN: 

Participate in a drawing in which one lucky winner will win a trip to the Caribbean (Air and Hotel).

 

9) CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION:  In memory of a former TTD staff member, a portion of each ticket will be going to the American Cancer Society. For full details about the organization, see http://www.cancer.org/ .

Note: This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. They will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time. If you have any special needs, please email kang.hu@uspto.gov in advance.

 

VIP OPTION:  For a little extra royalty this evening, you will get:
– Early Admission to the Gala (7:00 PM);
– Private Champagne Reception;
– Special Early Dinner Menu, including:

Spinaci Nani Ravanelli Ricotta Salata

(Baby spinach and radish salad in a red wine and shallot vinaigrette topped with shaved airdried ricotta cheese)

Pomodori Assortiti Con Cipolla Rossa e Basilico

(Heirloom tomato salad with red onion and fresh basil)

Via Veneto

(Tomato, mozzarella, roasted veal sausage and bell peppers)

Arancine

Baccala Mantcata

(Cod salad)

Risi Bisi with Pancetta

Gnocchi with Sage

Maltagliati Ferragamo

(Maltagliati pasta with veal and porcini mushroom ragu and fresh herbs in a light tomato sauce)

Garganelli Cozze e Gamberi in Salsa di Pomodoro

(Garganelli pasta shrimp and mussels with tomato sauce)

Maltagliati Ferragamo

(Maltagliati pasta with veal and porcini mushroom ragu and fresh herbs in a light tomato sauce)

Quaglie Alla Griglia Servete con Patate Arrosto e Vegetali

(Grilled boneless quails served with roasted potatoes and summer vegetables)

Focaccia con la Robiola e Olio Tartufato

(Robiola cheese focaccia with truffle olive oil)

NOTE:  Please be advised that this event is NOT directly organized by the Embassy of Italy. Any concern or information request on the event MUST be addressed through our organization directly.  Please do not contact the embassy with any specific questions.

SUGGESTED ATTIRE

Black Tie Optional. Minimum of Suit & Tie for men. Casual wear, jeans or sneakers prohibited.

 

Black Tie Optional. Suit and Tie, Cocktail Dresses at a Minimum.

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Kang Hu (Kang.hu@uspto.gov) with any questions.

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Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

Dallas PTOS Social Event

 

TopGolf – The Colony

3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, TX 75056

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 starting 6:00PM

 

*** RSVP via email to neel.patel@uspto.gov by Monday, September 19th ***

 

Drinks and food will be sponsored by PTOS.

Golfing time will be limited based on the turnout.

Non-members can sign up at the event.

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

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Announcements

When: October 2, 2022

                11am-2:30pm

Where: Adventure Golf and Raceway

9650 N. Sheridan Blvd

Westminster, CO 80031

What: Ultimate Adventure Package (Go-Karts, Mini Golf, and More!), Private Indoor Area, Catering by Illegal Pete’s, Soda Fountain

 

Cost Members : $4

Cost Non-Member : $6

Cost for Children (4 and over) : $4

 

Attendees MUST register by September 23rd!

https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

 

Questions: Contact Holly Thurman x2-8068

Announcements

PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks

2022 Talk #2: Are emotions impacting your investments?

 

The recent market environment has been very challenging for investors.

 

Join us to learn about how to balance the emotional and financial sides of your investments.

 

Wednesday, 9/14/2022 from 12-1 PM

All are invited!

 

 

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

https://tinyurl.com/PTOSSept2022

 

Meeting ID: 292 264 828 041

Passcode: S6r6J4

 

 

Or call in (audio only)

540-566-5633

Phone Conference ID: 75447647#  

 

 

Hosted by: Education Committee

For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan.

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org

 

Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

PTOS September Happy Hour at Lost Boy Cider

· 317 Hooffs Run Dr · Alexandria, VA ·

Wednesday, September 7th @ 5:00-7:00pm

one free drink ticket - for PTOS members only

· non-alcoholic options & outdoor seating available ·

contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

Announcements

PTOS Presents : Virtual Escape Room

How to Play: Join us via Microsoft teams as we try & escape from Expedition Northpole!

When: September 02, 2022 @ 8:30 PM ET

(game time is approx. 60-90 minutes)

 

Contact: Shelby Turner (shelby.turner1@uspto.gov) to get an invite to the event*

*alternatively, visit the Virtual Game Night series signup spreadsheet here: sign-up & use the MS Teams link on the sign-up sheet to join us.

 

Event will be held virtually and participants will be provided a link to video chat & interact with other players during the game.

 

No other time is authorized for these events.

Questions? Contact Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov

Announcements

Celebrating Constitution Day

 

Join USPTO Military Association (UMA) and the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS) on Tuesday, September 13 from noon-1pm (ET) to celebrate the signing of the US Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. Through the adoption of this written constitution, a new nation was formed and brought a diverse group together to protect, inspire, and support individual property rights. Through rigorous discussion, debate and compromise, this document was created. It has inspired people and nations, and continues to serve as a beacon of hope for people. Please join us in celebrating Constitution Day with distinguished guests Deputy General Counsel Will Covey, Chief Administrative Officer Frederick Steckler, Deputy Chief Trademark Judge Mark. A. Thurmon, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board Judge Janet Gongola. This is a hybrid event; in-person and remote attendance is available.

 

Join Us In-Person:

September 13th from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Clara Barton Auditorium.  Refreshments will be provided.

 

Join Us Virtually:

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 217 452 054 621 Passcode: 2mCY83

Or call in (audio only)

+1 540-566-5633, 406158450# United States, Roanoke

Phone Conference ID: 406 158 450#

 

No other time has been authorized for the event.

 

With respect to CLE credit, it is noted that application for approval for this program is pending with the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

 

For more event information, please contact Nasir Ahmed at nasir.ahmed@uspto.gov

For CLE questions, please contact Anne Kozak at anne.kozak@uspto.gov

Announcements

Join PTOS for a Happy Hour at the newly opened Flyte Co Tower Brewery in the Central Park neighborhood.

 

Located in the fromer Stapleton Airport Control Tower, most recently Punch Bowl Social, on the corner of M.L.K. Jr. Blvd and Central Park Blvd.

 

Happy hour will be on Thursday, September 8 from 4-6pm.

 

PTOS members will receive a drink and appetizers, while supplies last.

 

Questions about the event? Reach out to Allison Bourke (x74684).

 

Non-members can sign up at the event or reach out to Katie Gerth (x74602).

Announcements

Central Shenandoah Valley, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us in Staunton at Redbeard Brewing

on Friday, September 2 from 5‐7!

 

 

120 South Lewis Street, Staunton, VA 24401 

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Announcements

TXRO-PTOS SEPTEMBER Lunch 

 

Thursday, September 8th, 2022 at 5:30PM CST

 

***RSVP by September 1st, 2022 via email to neel.patel@uspto.gov***

 

Location?

Union Bear Brewing Co.

5880 TX-121 #101, Plano, TX 75024

 

How much is sponsored by the PTOS?

Up to $20 per person

Announcements

Career Development Series Part II

As a Volunteer Employee Organization (VEO), PTOS Education Committee presents:

 

FREE training for VEO leaders and members in a three-part series of career development workshops!

 

Part II: “Languishing, Fatigue, and Burnout Oh My: How to Reset After a Global Pandemic”

September 8, 2022 from 1:30-2:30pm ET

 

Come Discover:

  • How to tackle resilience in the new post-pandemic world
  • How to rebuild your new normal

 

RSVP today. All sessions are hosted virtually and will be recorded. So even if you can’t make it, RSVP and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

 

If you missed Part I entitled “Three Ways Hybrid is Shaking Up Career Development and How to Adapt”, you can watch the recording (spilt on 3 videos) and view the slides here. Note that the first video requires you to fast forward to 7:27.

 

There is no Other Time for this series.

 

If you have questions, please contact:

Amber (from USPTO Talent Acquisition) at amber.beam@uspto.gov or

Cathy (from PTOS Education Committee) at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Cloud Cuckoo Land" by Anthony Doerr

Micorsoft Teams
Meeting ID: 299 999 337 711
Passcode: DaqZ96
Download Teams | Join on the web
Or call in (audio only)
+1 540-566-5633,,7521174#   United States, Roanoke
Phone Conference ID: 752 117 4#

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Announcements

*DENVER* Pizza Party

Take a break from examining and join PTOS for a pizza party in the 15th Floor Pantry on Wednesday, August 24th at 11am!

 

Questions? Contact Katie Gerth at x74602 or katie.gerth@uspto.gov

 

Non-members can join PTOS at the event.

Announcements

 

Dear PTOS Membership:

 

There is a vacancy on the 2022 Board of Directors for the position of TC2800 Representative, for the term ending February 2023.  This email is considered “notice” of the vacancy under Article V, Section 10(b) of the PTOS Constitution.  After 10 business days from the distribution of this email, the Board may vote a recommended member into this position.  The Board must receive a written recommendation signed by 5 active members from the affected area of representation (i.e. TC2800 Representative).  A nomination form for this purpose can be found here: https://www.ptos.org/committees/election/2022_election.html.  Nomination forms should be emailed to both robert.fuller@uspto.gov and thane.underdahl@uspto.gov by Friday, Aug 26th at 3PM Eastern.

Announcements

Career Development Series

As a Volunteer Employee Organization (VEO), PTOS Education Committee presents:

 

Upcoming FREE training for VEO leaders and members, including a three-part series of career development workshops!

 

Part I: Three Ways Hybrid is Shaking Up Career Development and How to Adapt

 

Looking for a post-pandemic roadmap to career advancement while working remotely?

 

Join us August 18, 1:30-2:30 ET, as we discuss the effects of hybrid-first work on career development. From recreating ‘casual collisions’ in the pantry to getting the lighting right in your home office, learn how to be successful in a virtual workplace.

 

Discover:

  • How to get more face time when coming into the office less
  • Why traditional networking doesn’t work in hybrid and what to do instead
  • How to exude confidence on-screen for big presentations and interviews, even if you’re an introvert

 

RSVP Today. All sessions are hosted virtually and will be recorded. So even if you can’t make it, RSVP and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

 

There is No Other Time for this series.

 

If you have questions, please contact:

Amber (from USPTO Talent Acquisition) at amber.beam@uspto.gov or

Cathy (from PTOS Education Committee) at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov

Announcements

Charlottesville, VA Happy Hour!

 

Come join us at Kardinal Hall on Friday, August 5 from 5-7!

 

 

722 Preston Ave Charlottesville VA 22902

 

Enjoy a beverage on PTOS!

 

Non‐members can sign up for membership at the event.

 

Contact Luther for information about this event: Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please do not attend.

 

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

 

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents

 

Ethics for Trademark Attorneys: Lessons from Arguing at the Supreme Court and from Decades of Practice

Presented by John Sommer

August 10, 2022 from 3:30-4:30pm ET

 

Trademark attorneys face many ethical issues, some of which are unique to their specialty.  One especially important issue for trademark attorneys is spotting fraudulent applications and deciding what to do about them.  Communications with unrepresented parties and investigators can create ethical issues for trademark attorneys.  Other issues may include prevention of competency problems, supervision of employees, duty of avoid misleading tribunals and civility guidelines.

 

To login to and/or register early for the event, please click the link below.

Event address for attendees:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaed5e7cde42c9adee4569b22ebd95633

Event number:

2762 124 0365

Event password:

DVcjYmeP

 

One hour of CLE ethics credit from the Virginia State Bar has been applied for.  The Certificate of attendance will be distributed after we receive approval.

 

* There is no Other Time for this event.

 

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Loikith at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

Announcements

Patent and Trademark Office Society

 

 

Notice of Vacancy

JPTOS Board of Governors

 

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 2(k) of the Constitution of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a vacancy on the Board of Governors of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society is hereby announced to all active members for the position of Governor.

 

Term for Governor would last for full three (3) years.

 

The position requires attendance (in-person or via teleconference) at monthly meetings to direct business matters of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society including publishing, advertising, staffing, and editorial content.

 

All those interested in this position should obtain a

Governor Application Form from Ryan Clark

 

 

Application packages must include: (1) a completed Governor Application Form, (2) a statement of qualifications for the position and/or résumé, and (3) a statement of interest in the position. 

 

The application deadline is 12:00 PM ET on Thursday August 11th, 2022

ryan.clark3@uspto.gov or (408) 918-7606
Announcements

Village Brauhaus Happy Hour

Address: 710 King St, Alexandria VA 22314

Thursday Aug 11, 2022 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm ET.

 

Members will receive 2 drink tickets, each ticket will be redeemable for one happy hour item:

Ø  Half Liters of Select Biers

Ø  Red, White & Sparkling Wines

Ø  Well Liquor drinks

Ø  Fried Pickles

Ø  Fried Cheese Curds

Ø  Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

Ø  [2 Tickets] Liter of Select Biers

 

Stay after the PTOS happy hour for Village Brauhaus trivia at 7pm

POCs: Stephen.yanchuk@uspto.gov and Shelby.turner1@uspto.gov                           

 

Non-duty time

*Non-Members can sign up for membership at the event

 

[Village Brauhaus Website]

 


Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event. 

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Announcements

PTOS End of Third Quarter Happy Hour

at Crystal City Sports Pub (Third Floor)

· 529 23rd St S, Arlington, VA ·

Monday, August 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm

first-come, first-served appetizers & 1 free drink while supplies last

· for PTOS members only ·

contact: Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

Announcements

 

 

DETROIT CITY FC VS TAMPA BAY ROWDIES

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 @ 7:30 PM AT KEYWORTH STADIUM

3201 Roosevelt St., Hamtramck, MI 48212

 

PTOS member price: $5 per ticket

Each ticket includes City Admission to the Grandstand seating around the stadium, outside of the Gold section, and one drink voucher.

Each member is allowed a maximum of two tickets.

 

DEADLINE TO ORDER TICKETS: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd.

Purchase your tickets through PTOS Online reservations

 

Questions about this event: david.posigian@uspto.gov

 

www.detcityfc.com

 

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org

 

Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org

Announcements

PTOS Education Committee and the Office of Patent Training (OPT) proudly present:

13th Annual Law School Fair

July 27, 2022 from 1-3pm EST

 

Are you interested in applying to law school?  Are you curious about the USPTO’s Legal Studies Program or the After Work Education (AWE) Program?  If so, please join us!

 

We will begin with a presentation from Lesley Morris (Program Administrator, Supervisory Patent Examiner Trainer, and Office of Patent Training) followed by a presentation from Cevilla Randle (Enterprise Training Division (ETD) Professional Development Representative, OHR, and After Work Education (AWE) Program).  After Lesley and Cevilla deliver their brief presentations, we’ll begin the presentations from the schools in the following order:

 

American University Washington College of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Seton Hall University School of Law

University of Baltimore School of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Wayne State University Law School (Should begin by/before 2pm EST)

Webster University

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law

University of Houston Law Center

University of Wisconsin Law School

Lewis & Clark Law School

Santa Clara University School of Law

 

To register in advance and/or to login, please use the WebEx link below.

Event address for attendees:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e718c81648209ca4098f19b0ebb30005a

Event number:

2761 362 8467

Event password:

Jci2jm33S3

 

Please feel free to contact us with questions:

(1) Cathy Loikith (PTOS) catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or 571-270-7822

(2) Lesley Morris (OPT) lesley.morris@uspto.gov or 571-272-6651

 

* No Other Time is authorized for this event.

Announcements

The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

Tutorial and Discussion on Blockchain Technologies

July 20, 2022 from 3:30 – 4:30pm EST

 

Please join us for a tutorial and informal discussion on blockchain technologies with Jerry Ma, PTOS member and Director of Emerging Technology at the USPTO.

 

The tutorial will cover introductory topics, such as cryptographic primitives, origination conditions, and double spend, to help provide a working knowledge of how centralized and decentralized blockchain systems operate. The tutorial will be followed by a synopsis of emerging topics in blockchain and intellectual property, with ample time reserved for discussion and Q&A.

 

To join the event and/or register in advance, please use the link below.

Event address for attendees:  https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9d611c08205f8858840cba36706b82eb

Event number:            2762 120 3280

Event password:          MqE5tSRt

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry at jerry.ma@uspto.gov or Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov.

 

* No other time has been authorized for this event.

Announcements
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (115 Federal St) – PNC Park Date: July 22, 2022 at 7:05 p.m. ET Activity: Baseball Game – Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates PTOS Price: $25.29 Ticket includes a seat located in section 129 and a $10 food/beverage credit *Note* the ticket price has been negotiated and subsidized for PTOS members Pittsburgh - Baseball Game - July 22 @7:05 - PNC Park, PTOS Online Reservations If you have additional friends/family that would like to join this event, they can purchase tickets at: USPTO Night Out at Pittsburgh Pirates - Miami at Pirates (fevo.com) Non-duty time Event POC: Stephen.Yanchuk@upsto.gov PTOS Hoteling committee POC: Luther.Behringer2@USPTO.GOV ________________________________________ Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO. It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk. Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.
Announcements
Annual Picnic at the Park Great Waves Waterpark Cameron Run Regional Park 4001 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH, 2022 11AM - 3PM ET BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR A DAY OF OUTDOOR FUN! catered BBQ from brickmakers catering ǀ waterslides, mini-golf & batting cages no alcohol served or allowed within park grounds ǀ veggie burgers available w/ RSVP request ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER BY JULY 25TH Cost to Members: $4 Cost to Non-members: $6 Cost for children ages 4 and up: $4 (children 3 and under are free) To register visit: eventbrite link All attendees’ names must be provided with their registration, attendees will check-in at the park entrance to receive wristbands for admittance the day of the event. Contact for any questions: shelby.turner1@uspto.gov or robert.hodge@uspto.gov
Announcements
Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be visiting the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office during its 10th Anniversary. Please join us on Tuesday, July 12 at the Midwest Regional Office for our 10th Year Recognition event from 11-11:30 a.m. ET and an Examiner Town Hall from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. The Patent and Trademark Society Office (PTOS) and Midwest Regional WorkLife team will be providing cake, coffee and other refreshments for the events. For more information about the event contact: david.posigian@uspto.gov You can join PTOS and Midwest Regional WorkLife at the event. Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org Stay afterwards for the PTOS Happy Hour at Atwater Brewery at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Announcements

**DENVER** PTOS Ice Cream Social

 

15th Floor Pantry

Denver Office

TUESDAY, JULY 19TH, 1-2PM (MST)

Members will receive ice cream bars or popsicles

New Members can sign up at the event

Questions: see Katie Gerth

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.

Announcements

PTOS - DETROIT HAPPY HOUR

 

Tuesday, July 12th - 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Atwater Brewery - 237 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

 

One free drink for PTOS members, while supplies last.

Non-members can sign up at the event.

 

For more information about the event contact: david.posigian@uspto.gov

Learn about the Patent and Trademark Office Society and become a member www.ptos.org  

 

Membership questions? Contact Membership@ptos.org  

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO. It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

 

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event. If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.

Announcements

THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB”
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS

"Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty" by Patrick Radden Keefe

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 540-566-5633,,922436313#   United States, Roanoke
Phone Conference ID: 922 436 313#


Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
Interested in joining the PTOS? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

 

 

Join your fellow PTOS members for a series of

 

July Games:

: July 11 @ 7:00pm ET (info)

 

 

: July 14 @ 8:30pm ET (info; play)

 

: July 28 @ 8:30pm ET (info)

 

 

Recurring Games:

: First Tuesday of the biweek, 8pm ET (i.e. 07/05, 07/19, etc.) (info; play)

 

: First Wednesday of the biweek, 7pm ET (i.e. 07/06, 07/20, etc.) (info)

 

: First Thursday of the biweek, 8pm ET (i.e. 07/07, 07/21, etc.) (info; play)

 

 

Space is limited, to reserve a spot for any of the above events please access: Sign-up

 

Events will be held virtually and participants will be provided a link to video chat and interact with other players during the game.

All game information, sign-up list and video chat information can be found via the sign-up link above.

 

 

 

No other time is authorized for these events.

Questions? Contact Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov or Luther.Behringer2@uspto.gov

 

 

Announcements

TXRO-PTOS JULY Lunch 

 

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 at 12:30PM CST

 

***RSVP by Wednesday, June 29, 2022 via email to neel.patel@uspto.gov***

 

Location?

Salsa Limon

411 North Akard Street

Dallas, TX 75201

 

How much is sponsored by the PTOS?

Up to $20 per person

 

Time?

12:30 PM CST

 

Where should I park?

Street parking is the best (don’t forget to pay at the meter)

 

Questions?  Contact neel.patel@uspto.gov or david.lotter@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

 

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event. 

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Announcements

Tuesday · July 12th · 1:00-3:00pm

Ice Cream cart will be outside Madison Building on the Dulany Street/Campus side

In the event of rain, cart will be located on the lower level of the Madison Atrium

 

 

Free Ice Cream for PTOS Members!

*limit one per member, while supplies last · please bring your PTOS membership card · new member signup at the event

 

For Event Questions, Contact: William.Kim@uspto.gov

 

 


No other time is provided for this event, participation is considered “off duty” time.

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Shelby Turner (Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov ) with any questions.

Announcements

BLACK TIE SICILIAN BALL AT THE EMBASSY OF ITALY WITH PTOS

Sat, June 25, 2022 @ 07:15PM To Sat, June 25, 2022 @ 11:45PM

Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia

 

Price: $79 for general admission; $145 for VIP admission (each member is allowed maximum of two tickets), purchased through https://reservations.ptos.org/index.php

Purchase by Friday, 6/17

 

 

DETAILS

ADMISSION TO THE MAIN GALA IS AT 8:30 PM

VIP ADMISSION IS AT 7:15 PM

The Majesty of Palermo
The Glory of Taormina
The Beauty that is Siracusa

Tonight, travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Washington, DC. In a rare opportunity, step onto Italian soil for a very special and elegant evening celebrating Sicilian culture at the Embassy of Italy.

As you enter this incredible and beautiful Embassy, be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe. Experience an Italian and Sicilian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, dancing, opera, film, and more!

This classic celebration has been one of the hottest tickets to attend in Italy for centuries. Tonight, we invite you to dance as they did on the most elegant of dance floors and ballrooms of Palermo and in the streets of the Sicilian countryside.

All this – plus a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of a former TTD staff member. (See below)

We are offering a VIP and GENERAL (Reduced) Admission package.

PROGRAM:

(VIP OPTION: SEE BELOW – INCLUDES DINNER AND EARLY ADMISSION)

1) ITALIAN OPEN BAR:
Toast to Venice and Italy all night long with fantastic Italian wines, beers and other (nonalcoholic beverages).

2) ITALIAN & SICILIAN DESSERTS:
Experience a buffet of authentic Italian desserts. (An optional VIP reception is also available via this website which includes a private reception with an exquisite buffet dinner of Italian delicacies).

DESERT MENU

A Tuscan Village House Dessert Display
Tiramisu
Canolis
Pizzelle, Biscotti, Snowball, Apricot Occhio di Bue, Amarelli Cookies
Fresh Seasonal Fruit with Mascarpone Cream
Coconut Macaroon dipped in Chocolate
Florentines

3) EUROPEAN BALLROOM MUSIC (8:30 pm to 10:30 pm):
Tonight’s Ball will fill the room with Italy’s and Europe’s greatest classical ballroom treasures as you dance the night away in this unique, authentic setting.

4) SICILIAN BALLROOM DANCE PRESENTATION & LESSON:
A masterful local Ballroom instructor/couple will perform a special dance show highlighting the ballroom classics as danced for centuries. Following the demonstration, our instructors will offer a brief ballroom lesson to keep you dancing the way Venetians danced for centuries.

5) SICILIAN OPERA PRESENTATION:
Tonight we present you with a unique sampling of timeless classics from the leading Opera houses of Sicily. Two opera singers will be on hand for a live exclusive performance (from the Baroque, through the romantic period and to today).

6) LATE DJ & DANCING:
In the last half of the evening, one of Washington, D.C.’s greatest D.J.s brings us the best in retro, swing and top 40 dancing – Italian style!

7) WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN:
Participate in a drawing in which one lucky winner will win a trip to the Caribbean (Air and Hotel).

8) CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION:
In memory of a former TTD staff member, a portion of each ticket will be going to the American Cancer Society. For full details about the organization, see http://www.cancer.org/.

Note: This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. We will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time. If you have any special needs, please email kang.hu@uspto.gov in advance.

 

VIP OPTION: For a little extra royalty this evening, you will get:

Early Admission to the Gala (7:15 PM);
Private Champagne Reception;
Special Early Dinner Menu, including:

Genovese’s Antipasto – Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Colorful Peppers, Pickled Vegetables, Carrots, Salami, Provolone, Olives, Melon and Red and Green Grapes
A Chopped Salad of Fresh Crisp Greens, Golden Pear, Cucumber, Marinated Cranberry, Red Onion, Celery, Toasted Pine nut.
Rich Balsamic Pancetta Dressing
Breast of Chicken Marsala with Portobello Mushrooms
Tortellini Alfredo
Handmade Little Meatballs in Rustic Tomato Sauce
Creamy Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Caramelized Onions
Green Beans with Cannellini, Sun-Dried Tomato and Oregano
Focaccia, Garlic Toasts and Warm Italian Bread
Whipped Butter, Herb Olive Oil and Pumpkin Butter

 

SUGGESTED ATTIRE

Black Tie Optional. Suit and Tie, Cocktail Dresses at a Minimum.

Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Kang Hu (Kang.hu@uspto.gov) with any questions.

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Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

Announcements

 

 

PTOS Happy Hour at Whiskey & Oyster

· 301 John Carlyle St. Alexandria, VA ·

 

Monday, June 27th 5:00-7:00pm

 

 

One free drink while supplies last

· for PTOS members only ·

 

 

Contact: shelby.turner1@uspto.gov or Robert.Hodge@uspto.gov

 

*you can sign up for membership at the event.

 

 


Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public places. PTOS cannot guarantee members that they will not be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Members assume the risk when attending this event.  If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have experienced any symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, or muscle aches & pains within 14 days of the event, please skip this event.  Contact Shelby Turner (Shelby.Turner1@uspto.gov ) with any questions.

Announcements

We Want YOU! Help the Boy Scouts of America With Their Inventing Merit Badge

 

The PTOS is looking for volunteers to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to help scouts learn about inventions and inventing so they can earn their Inventing merit badge!

 

Join the Interest Meeting

Tuesday, June 14

1-2 p.m. ET

Call-in: 540-566-5633

Meeting ID: 937 777 661#

 

About the Program

 

The USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Office (EROO) and the PTOS are seeking volunteer Merit Badge Counselors to help scouts complete their Inventing merit badge. USPTO employees are uniquely positioned to speak to intellectual property (IP) awareness, and especially the patent process.

 

The program will kick off with a hybrid event on Saturday, July 23 in Pittsburgh, PA, during which time the USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Office, BSA Scouts of America, and National Rory Cooper of HERL Labs will lead an engaging seminar to inspire scouts interested in completing the badge. A virtual makeup session will take place Tuesday, August 2.

 

After attending one or both kickoff events, volunteers will work with scouts to complete a workbook for the Inventing merit badge. Each volunteer will work with approximately six scouts, and the estimated total time commitment is 10 hours. The program is scheduled to end Sept. 4.  There is no Other Time offered for this program.

 

Contact EasternRegionalOutreachOffice@USPTO.GOV or Cathy Loikith (PTOS) at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov with questions, for more information or to volunteer.

Announcements

Join the PTOS and Meet Under Secretary and Director Kathi Vidal at the Texas Regional USPTO! 

Thursday June 9 at 2:00 pm CT in the OPT Conference Room on the first floor.

 

 

 

USPTO’s Under Secretary and Director, Kathi Vidal, will be visiting the Texas Regional USPTO to meet with our Texas Regional Office team.  Please join your colleagues in the OPT Conference Room on the first floor on Thursday, June 9, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT to take part in a listening session where Director Vidal will discuss agency priorities and answer your questions.

 

The Patent and Trademark Society Office (PTOS) and TXRO Work-Life are offering gourmet cupcakes, coffee, and other refreshments for the event.

 

To get additional information contact:

David.Lotter@uspto.gov

Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org

You can join PTOS and TXRO Work-Life at the event.

Everyone can also join PTOS and TXRO Work-Life for a joint happy hour at Top Golf that night - Thursday June 9!

Announcements

PTOS Financial Planning and Insurance Talks-

 

2022 Talk #1:

The recent market environment has been very challenging for investors. Growth investors fear current market volatility and uncertainty, while Income investors have no place to go for yield.

Come learn about how to navigate today’s volatile financial markets!


Tuesday, 6/28/2022 from 12-1 p.m.

All are invited!  J

 

Attend by phone-

Join on your computer or mobile app

https://tinyurl.com/ptosjune2022

 

Or call in (audio only)-

+1 540-566-5633,,136268203#  

Phone Conference ID: 136 268 203#

 

Hosted by: Education Committee.

For questions, please email Angela Nguyen and Robert Morlan.

 

Learn about the Patent & Trademark Office Society and become a member-

www.ptos.org

 

Send membership questions to membership@ptos.org.

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Virtual Game Night Continues: Board Game Arena

Board Game Arena (BGA) is an online avenue for us to get together for virtual board games and card games!  PTOS members have come together to play Splendor, Dice Forge, Space Fluxx and Down Force, which are a tiny sampling of those games available through BGA. 

 

How to Play: Simply create a free account at BGA (en.boardgamearena.com) and join us at the next BGA event. PTOS has purchased a premium account to allow us to use premium games.

 

When: typically held the first Thursday of a biweek at 8:00 pm EST (5:00 pm PST) – our next BGA event is this Thursday!

 

Contact Brent Fairbanks (brent.fairbanks@uspto.gov) or Luther Behringer (luther.behringer2@uspto.gov) to get an invite to the event.  Alternatively, visit the Virtual Game Night series signup spreadsheet in the email and use the MS Teams link there to join us.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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PTOS & TXRO Work-Life Top Golf Event! Thursday, June 8 - 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Top Golf, 8787 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75231 Microchipped golf balls, on-screen tracking of shots, play in groups of 6 in high tech driving range experience For PTOS members: Free bay rental, free use of golf balls, free use of golf clubs, free drink tickets while supplies last. For TX Work-Life Members: Free food buffet. All are welcome including guests. Non-members can sign up for PTOS and Texas Work-Life membership before or at the event. Optional: RSVP DAVID.LOTTER@USPTO to help provide a headcount. To get additional information contact: David.Lotter@uspto.gov Membership questions? Contact membership@ptos.org Golf, Party Venue, Sports Bar & Restaurant | Topgolf Dallas
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The PTOS Education Committee proudly presents:

 

Q&A with the USPTO Historian

Monday, June 6, 2022 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm ET

 

Join Adam Bisno, the USPTO’s official historian, for a webinar Q&A discussion on the role of the USPTO Historian, the history of the USPTO, and the history of intellectual property more generally. Adam will present highlights from his work and then take questions from the audience.  You’ll be able to learn “What does the USPTO Historian do?”

 

Adam joined the USPTO in October 2020 as its first historian. Prior to that, he worked for the Naval History and Heritage Command. He has a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University.

 

To join the event and/or register in advance, please use the link below.

Event address for attendees:

https://uspto.webex.com/uspto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e05c3479664261d3c3c9214d1800e8f2c

Event number:

2760 976 5069

Event password:

Uv8BWc9

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy at catherine.loikith@uspto.gov or Anne at anne.kozak@uspto.gov.

 

* No other time has been authorized for this event.

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COMMUNITY DAY ONLY! Live Chat with IP Attachés Join a live WebEx session to learn about an exciting career as a USPTO IP Attaché. IP attaches are United States diplomats who live and work abroad, representing the USPTO and serving as experts on intellectual property matters. Our IP attaches are assigned to Belgium, Brazil, China, I