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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an important part of our inventing process. Whether you are simply looking for a repository of prior art to see if your idea is indeed unique, or you need assistance in how to file your own patent or even just a general education to basic IP (Intellectual Property) issues, the USPTO is a resource at your fingertips.

Mindy Bickel, the New York area's Community Outreach Coordinator will be presenting a wealth of valuable information for inventors and entrepreneurs regarding the many inventor friendly programs and resources available to us.

Please join us for an indispensable presentation, Q & A, and networking with other inventors, entrepreneurs and knowledgeable, experienced resources.

Ms. Bickel began her career at the USPTO in 1989 as a patent examiner in the biotechnology area and has since help many notable roles within the USPTO. Most recently, prior to her current role as Innovation and Outreach Coordinator for the New York Region, Mindy B. Bickel managed the Patents Ombudsman Program that serves as a resource for patent applicants, agents and attorneys and served as the program administrator since 2010. During 2012, Ms. Bickel served on a three-month detail to SelectUSA, a White House jobs creation initiative, where she assisted in formalizing their ombudsman program and function.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bickel has received numerous awards including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for examination and supervisory accomplishments; a Silver Medal for improvements in customer service and a Hammer Award from Vice President Gore in 1999 for work in establishing a new customer outreach program in the biotechnology group.

Ms. Bickel received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She also received an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in biophysical inorganic chemistry from Columbia University.


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