Inventor Events

No upcoming events as covid returns to wreck the in-person meetings!

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“Everything You Wanted to Ask about Patents!”

Monday, May 16th,  2016 – from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Admission is FREE!

Brought to you by The Free Library of Philadelphia!


Presentation by

~ Elizabeth Dougherty, J.D. ~

Director of Inventor Education, Outreach and Recognition
In the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Want to know more about patents?

Join us to find out about:

·         Utility patents and their application process (provisional and non-provisional patent applications)

·         Design patents & their application process

·         Patent terms, forms, fees and what to expect when working with with the United States Patent & Trademark Office to obtain a patent

Speaker Elizabeth Dougherty, J.D.  received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1991 and a Juris Doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1996.

This event is free, but please register by calling 215-686-5394 or go to

Skyline Room, 4th Floor

Location:  The Free Library of Philadelphia

 1901 Vine Street (The Parkway at Logan Circle)

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA.  The FREE Library of Philadelphia is offering a limited seating presentation on “Everything you wanted to ask about Patents” at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Monday, May 16th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Come join fellow inventors, dreamers, entrepreneurs and people interested in new ideas  for this FREE Presentation.

If you’ve ever had a great idea – or invention – you should attend this event: we promise this seminar will be of great value to you.  The speaker is Elizabeth Dougherty, J.D. from the USPTO.

Dougherty presentation will be filled with practical tips and techniques on all phases of patents.  An enlightening speech about the practical processes of protecting your invention.

This inventor presentation promises to be the fastest 2 hours of your inventing career.  Write down questions about ideas, inventions, patents, what you need, where you’re stuck… and bring them with you for the Q&A session directly following this presentation.  Bring a pad and pencil – you’ll want to take notes from the plethora of ideas.

Several members of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Inventors will be on hand to answer your questions and meet you.  Meet other inventors to see the challenges they are facing, and the answers they found to solve their own invention and patenting process problems.  The entire Process of Patents will be addressed in this two hour seminar.

It’s a fun evening you won’t want to miss, with frank and honest patent information you can’t find anywhere else.  The American Society of Inventors does not sell any services to inventors so an honest evaluation and discussion of your invention, invention development and the invention process is assured.

If you’ve ever had a great idea you thought would make a great product and you wanted to protect it, you can now learn how at this seminar!  Don’t miss this action-packed, once in a great while free event.

Brought to you by the FREE LIBRARY of PHILADELPHIA, Philadelphia’s patent depository, and a non-profit inventor assistance authority.

The American Society of Inventors:
The American Society is a 55 year old Philadelphia non-profit organization that helps its area members free of charge with free invention reviews, invention evaluations and assistance, a free speaker presentation series, and community events and meetings.  The American Society of Inventors offers FREE INVENTION REVIEWS for area members (membership is $49/year) at their board meetings. Call for additional information or a membership application: 215. 546. 6601, or email Ruth Gaal, Vice President/Treasurer at rgaal at comcast dot net.

Tickets are FREE for this event for both members and guests.  BUT… seating for this event is limited. People wishing to attend should assure their admittance and seat by registering with at the FREE Library of Philadelphia.  Questions?  Call The Free Library at 215-686=5394.  Thank you.