From Idea to Invention to Retail Shelves: Protecting IP in the Toy Industry

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Presented in two 30-minute parts, this webinar provides TIA members and other toy industry stakeholders with important information about the use of patents as a way of protecting their Intellectual Property, and about new anti-counterfeiting measures that are being taken to protect toys, games and other consumer products from unlawful reproduction and sale.

Topics Covered: 

Part 1:  Led by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Patent fundamentals (what they are, what they protect, value)
  • Types of patents and how they are used
  • How to: filing, fees, examination, etc.
  • Role of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Pro-Bono resources and assistance
  • Patent initiatives that have been launched
Part 2:  Led by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
  • Counterfeiting basics and how to mitigate counterfeiting risks
  • What to do if your product has been counterfeited
  • Role of the IACC in protecting trademarked products
  • Anti-counterfeiting initiatives that have been launched

Who should attend:

Open to all toy industry stakeholders, recommended for toy inventors and designers, licensors, IP counsel, and others who are responsible for fraud protection.

Presented by:        

Part 1: Mindy B. Bickel, Ph. D.
Innovation and Outreach Coordinator, Greater New York Region, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce  

Part 2: Kristina Montanaro
Vice President - Legal Affairs & Strategic Planning, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC)