In an effort to introduce patent process dynamics into the public sphere, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Smithsonian Institution have agreed on a strategy that will see the cultural organization play host to a variety of workshops and symposiums beginning in 2014.
The two entities have joined forces several times to promote intellectual property awareness, including a popular display showcasing the patent strategies which fueled the career of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. They will also partner together this summer to host a three-day Innovation Expo at USPTO headquarters.
"We look forward to working with the Smithsonian Institution to showcase America's rich history of innovation, and provide a forum where inventors of all ages can interact and learn about the patent process while inspiring the next generation of American creativity," USPTO director David Kappos explained.
The Innovation Pavilion should have little trouble attracting early attention, as its debut coincides with the re-opening of a Smithsonian building that has been closed for more than a decade. According to the Washington Post, it could play a pivotal role in hosting the conversations that ultimately lead to legislative decisions on such difficult issues as software patents and digital copyright protection.