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Join us for a special Inventors Groups of America virtual event happening on Wednesday, May 31st between 1-2pm Pacific with USPTO Director Kathi Vidal!

Since she began leading the USPTO last spring, Director Vidal has been extremely active and visible. She is committed to reducing barriers to participating in the innovation ecosystem.

She has placed a special emphasis on encouraging creators from under-represented groups to pursue their ideas, especially women.

For example, recently the USPTO announced a First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program, which helps individuals or small businesses qualifying as a “micro entity“ who are first-time filers for patent rights by providing expedited initial feedback from the agency on their application, also known as a “first office action.”

We will discuss the many free resources the USPTO offers to independent inventors and small businesses.

What do YOU want to discuss with Director Vidal? This is your opportunity to voice your fears, hopes, concerns, and recommendations.

We want to know what you want to talk about — please fill out our survey or email us at (If you already receive IGA emails, there is no action to take; you will receive the survey in your inbox.)

This meeting will be hosted by IGA’s Marketing Director, Madeleine Key.

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