The costumed characters featured at the USPTOâ€™s upcoming Trademark Expo visited the Childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™s faces lit up with joy as they watched the characters parade around and dance to music! T.Markey, the Trademark Expoâ€™s own mascot, was joined by Spuddy Buddy, Crayola â€śTip,â€ť Chester Cheetah, and GEICOâ€™s Gecko.
An even larger cast of costumed characters will parade in front of the USPTOâ€™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 Nationâ€™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.