USPTO announces 2012 National Trademark Expo

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it will host the 2012 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 

The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace. Last year’s Trademark Expo attracted more than 15,000 visitors of all ages.

Exhibitors are invited to showcase their federally-registered trademarks through educational exhibits, including booths, themed-displays, costumed characters, and inflatables. In addition, the Expo features educational seminars for adults, and children’s workshops and activities.

Space is limited, so owners of federally-registered trademarks who wish to participate in this year’s Trademark Expo must submit an application by May 18, 2012.

Applications to exhibit at the Expo will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Brand recognition among consumers
  • Ability to engage the public’s interest in trademarks
  • Educational value of the proposed exhibit to enhance public understanding of the value of trademarks
  • Category diversity, in particular whether an applicant’s participation helps ensure that the Expo will feature a variety of different types of trademarks from different sources