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Characters Featured at the USPTO’s Trademark Expo Visit the Children’s National Medical Center

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Dr. Bear ® and T.Markey, the USPTO's trademark mascot, at 2011 visit to Children's National Medical Center.  Photo by Roberto Ortiz.

The costumed characters featured at the USPTO’s upcoming Trademark Expo visited the Children’s National Medical Center today.  Volunteers passed out Trademark Activity Guides, helped children complete activities involving characters that are registered trademarks, and taught children about familiar trademarks.  The visit included an introductory statement by Commissioner for Trademarks Deborah Cohn, a musical parade of costumed characters, a presentation challenging children to identify the goods and services for which characters are registered, and visits by some of the characters to children on the hospital floors.  The children’s faces lit up with joy as they watched the characters parade around and dance to music!  T.Markey, the Trademark Expo’s own mascot, was  joined by Spuddy Buddy, Crayola “Tip,” Chester Cheetah, and GEICO’s Gecko. 

An even larger cast of costumed characters will parade in front of the USPTO’s Madison Building at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, to begin the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 National Trademark Expo.  Representatives from Mattel, NASCAR, Inc. and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital will join Deputy Under Secretary and USPTO Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, and Commissioner Cohn in giving brief remarks. 

Clifford the Big Red Dog, who celebrates his 50th anniversary this year, will assist others in cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony as a NASCAR show car for 5-Hour Energy revs its engine to kick off the much-anticipated Expo.  The USPTO expects quite a few Girl Scouts at the Opening Ceremony as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary this year! 

The mission of the Expo is to educate the public about trademarks.  The Expo is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Free parking will be available on Saturday at the East parking garage.  The Expo will take place on both levels of the atrium of the Madison Building and in Dulany Gardens.

To view a newly created video of past Expos as well as a complete list of exhibitors, costumed characters, seminars, and outside and indoor attractions, please visit:

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Intellectual Property law advice

I love the fact that the USPTO is out there educating people about Trademarks and other aspects of intellectual property law. More business owners need to learn this important aspect of protecting they brands and products. Another great resource for this is The Trademark Shop, they have a trademark basics guide.