Free workshop for businesses and nonprofits: Navigating Patents, Trademarks, and the Census

For immediate release…
Thursday – May 22, 2014

Need to know more about patents or trademarks to protect intellectual property at your business, community agency, or nonprofit? Confused about how to navigate and use the U.S. Census or other demographic databases to develop your competitiveness, customer satisfaction, marketing, business location, and business survival?

Learn more about these government-related resources at Government Information Day on Monday June 2, hosted by the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, W. Frank Steely Library, and the Office of Government and Community Relations.

“NKU has a wealth of resources available to community partners. This workshop is designed to introduce you to some of those,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center. “Our team is ready to guide you and answer your questions.”

Patents and trademarks come up routinely for businesses, so the value of this workshop to the business community is evident. But with more and more agencies moving in the realm of social entrepreneurship, these same issues are arising more frequently in the nonprofit sector as well. So this workshop is designed to bring value to both audiences – businesses and nonprofits.

The workshop is free.

Participants are invited to stay for the entire event or come only for the session that interests them. Free refreshments and lunch will be provided. More details and RSVP information is available at
Learn about patent, trademark, and census resources at NKU’s Government Information Day

Why: For small businesses and nonprofit groups that need to know more about patents or trademarks for their organizations. Also, learn how to utilize U.S. Census information to know more about your customers and markets.

When: Monday, June 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or just come for a portion; see schedule below).

Who: Hosted by NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, W. Frank Steely Library, and the Office of Government and Community Relations.

Where: NKU Student Union, First Floor. See for campus map and directions.

How: Full schedule details and registration information here:

Schedule: Come for the entire day or just the sessions that interest you. 

8:30 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast

9-11:30 a.m.: Census data and demographic resources. Presentations provided by: Erran F. Persley, economic data dissemination specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Census Bureau; and John Graham, adult services coordinator at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Both speakers have extensive background assisting business researchers with census and demographic resources.

Noon:  Lunch and NKU’s Virtual Business Center and Civic Engagement Panel Discussion with NKU representatives from Chase Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Small Business Development Center, Center for Economic Analysis & Development, and Steely Library IPAC: Intellectual Property Awareness Center

1:30-3:00 p.m.: Utilizing Free USPTO Patent & Trademark Databases. Intellectual Property Librarians Linda Kocis and John Schlipp present database searching tips. They manage the two regional PTRC s (Patent & Trademark Resource Centers) representing the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

3:30 p.m.: Tour/light refreshments (this portion will be held in W. Frank Steely Library)

For more event content information, contact John Schlipp at or call (859) 572-5723. For RSVP questions contact or call (859) 572-1448.

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