What if you know that patenting your discovery can increase its value but you are puzzled by the patent process? You might want to attend the annual conference for Inventors and Entrepreneurs, cosponsored by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and Intellectual Property Owners Inc., scheduled for February 10 in Arlington, Va. Topics to be covered in the one-day event include: dealing with the PTO, exploiting venture capital, working with large companies, and understanding the international twists to patents. The luncheon address is to be given by Amar G. Bose, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and corecipient of the 1987 Inventor of the Year award. After the conference, you might want to pick up some hints about successful inventions from the National Inventors Expo on February 11 and 12. The expo, which is free and open to the public, will showcase inventions of both independent inventors...

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