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 Beeradvocate IPA Beer Fest
April 30th and May 1st, 2021 (5-8 p.m. PDT both days)
** Shipment available ONLY to the below listed states in the US **
** (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, ID, IL, IN, LA, MA, NE, ND, NH, NM, NY, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, VA, WA, WI) **



PTOS Members Only – Cost $45
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Must use valid and current mailing address in your account in order to receive the box
Limited to the first 100 PTOS Members to reserve a package (one per member)
Must reserve by 5pm on March 8, 2021.

IPA Beer Fest: Cyberspace Package
Each package includes:
• A hand-curated box of IPAs from twelve (12) breweries shipped to your door from Half Time (perfect for couples or for sharing with your pod)
• NEW - Beers will be packed in a freezer liner with cold packs
• Two BeerAdvocate-branded Govino tasting cups (our standard fest cup to make you feel nostalgic for our in-person fests)
• Shipping and handling
• Access to view the live hangout sessions
• Access to the private discussion forum
• Discounts on exclusive fest merch while supplies last
• Invites to the pre- and post-Zoom parties with Todd and Edgar (first come, first served)
• For more information

No Other time is provided for this event.

Participation is considered “off duty” time.

Questions, please contact,, or


Men's and Women's College Basketball Bracket Pick'Em

Men’s Tournament runs March 18th – April 5th
Women’s Tournament runs March 21st – April 4th
• 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 at:
• 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
• Questions – Contact
Rob Hodge (2-2097), David Lotter (0-7422), or Seahvosh Nikmanesh (0-1805)


Show your school pride!!!

On March 18 and 22 wear your favorite jersey, ball cap, pullover, or sweatshirt.

This event is cosponsored by PTOS and 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.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to make hot cocoa bombs?
Join PTOS and Jill from The Chocolatier’s Palette in learning how to make cocoa bomb.

Due to limited class sizes we will have two sessions (you only need to attend one).

When: March 1 or March 2

Time: 8 pm EST

Cost: $1 plus providing your own materials

Zoom link will be emailed prior to the class.

To reserve your spot:



1.     NO other time is provided for this event

2.     Participation is considered “off duty” time

3.     Live streaming via ZOOM should be with personal device ONLY



Membership questions? Contact

Event Questions? Contact Rebecca Eisenberg 





To make a Hot Chocolate Bomb, you’ll need the following basic tools and ingredients.  The numbers and equipment below is for three bombs—a six cavity mold.    If your mold contains more cavities, and you’d like to make more bombs, please adjust the amount of chocolate and cocoa accordingly.



- a silicone mold where the cavities range between 2”-2.5” in diameter. (

- a small microwaveable bowl or large mug in which to melt your chocolate— the BASE of which must be no wider than 4” to avoid burning your chocolate. 

- a spatula or spoon to stir your chocolate

- a plastic “ziploc” sandwich bag (for piping)

- a food safe “paint” brush or regular teaspoon (not to be confused with a measuring teaspoon, which you’ll also need)

- a small tray or flat plate on which to put the flexible silicone mold, so that it will be stable in the refrigerator 

- a barrier sheet between the mold and the tray (of either waxed paper/parchment paper/plastic wrap) on which to fill and decorate your “bombs”


ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS for the basic hot cocoa bomb:

- good chocolate 4oz.   If you want to use chocolate chips, please get chips without any extra additives, such as Trader Joe’s Semisweet chips.

- hot cocoa mix.  A one ounce package is perfect for three or four bombs.


Non-essential tools:

a pair of food safe gloves OR paper muffin liners OR something with a smaller rim than the diameter of your chocolate bomb so that you can rest your bomb atop it.  All will enable you to fill/assemble/decorate it without your warm hands melting into or leaving fingerprints on the “bomb”




- marshmallows

- sprinkles for decoration

- pop rocks

- spices (cinnamon, chili powder...whatever you like!)

- a peppermint stick or a crushed peppermint candy

- a graham cracker (a hot chocolate s’more, anyone?)


Upcoming Wine Events:
2/25/2021 at 3:00PM ET USPTO - Wine & IP: Black History Month
2/25/2021 After event – Wine Down: BOYProsecco
3/4/2021 at 7:30PM ET PTOS: Tuscany DOCG Vs. IGT
4/1/2021 at 7:30PM ET PTOS: Beaujolais Cru Exploration

PTOS Tuscany DOCG vs IGT
3/4/2021 at 7:30PM ET
Come learn about the Tuscany region and the Sangiovese grape.
We will look into the vintage years,
As well as the differences between DOCG and IGT
You’ll walk away knowing what a “Super Tuscan” actually means,
As well as advancing your journey to demystifying the Italian wine region.

Feel free to join this free lecture brought to you through PTOS.
Friends are welcome to attend or stream on YouTube: “Wine Broski”.

Wines were part of the previous wine package discounted through PTOS.
You can purchase these specific wines at
VVA20 and VVA100 are promo codes you can use for even more discounts.

You can also just drink your own bottle of Italian wine…or any wine!
Come join the fun!

Event address for attendees:

Date and time: Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:30 pm
Event number: 199 837 9770
Event password: wine

Wine & IP: Black History Month
USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Office

Feb 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET – Register on Eventbrite for WebEx link

Come meet and hear the story of Phil Long of the Association of African American Vintners, Julia Coney of Black Wine Professionals, and Valencia Martin-Wallace of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation. It is the goal of the USPTO’s NCEAI to help pave the way for all peoples to see themselves as innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs. It is the goal of these wine organization to help collect the voices and connection to Black American’s in wine to foster awareness and acceptance.
Our panel will answer video questions that are submitted ahead of time.
*If you would like to submit a question to our panel, please contact me ASAP. Recordings can be made via your cell phone and submitted.

This event is open to the public so please feel free to share.


Join other PTOS members after the event for a ‘Wine Down’ where we will discuss the event and have an open chat.
I’ll be sipping Prosecco, but feel free to open whatever you’d like!

ZOOM LINK: *Do NOT download the Zoom desktop client to your USPTO work computer.
Meeting ID: 869 8537 8664
Passcode: wine

1. NO other time is provided for this event
2. Participation is considered “off duty” time
3. Live streaming via YouTube should be with personal device ONLY

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



"The Fabric of Civilization" by Virginia Postrel
Meeting Number: 995 056 875
Meeting Password: 353259

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4:30-5:30 PM (ET)
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