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The IQ Brew: US Patent and Trademark Office – Intellectual Property (IP) Basics


The IQ Brew® is a networking and educational series featuring short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. The goal of The IQ® Brew is to share lessons learned and to have the Richardson business community hear about the successes and challenges faced while starting and growing a business. Come join us for coffee and conversation every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

On Thursday, May 12, The IQ® Brew will feature Jeff Burke and Reynaldo Vasquez with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Join us for an interactive session where attendees will be provided an introduction of the USPTO, the local Texas Regional Office, an overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) and learn the importance of understanding each type.  

USPTO experts will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets,
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP, and
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies.

Thank you to our venue host, The Drawing Board.


8:30am – Coffee & Networking

9:00am – Opening Remarks

9:05am – Introductions

9:15am – IQ Speakers

9:45am – Q&A

Joining us online? Below is the Zoom link for the session:


Meeting ID: 813 8937 5811

Passcode: 889200

About Jeff Burke

Jeff received his B.S. in Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude, and his J.D. from the University of Houston. He joined the USPTO in 2007 as a patent examiner in databases and data processing (2150/60), Before being promoted to Supervisory Patent Examiner in May 2020, he served as the lead QEM facilitator for 2150/60. Jeff has served as the GS-14 trainer for 2150/60 for almost 2 years, and was also detailed to the TC 2100 QAS shop. During his time at the USPTO, Jeff earned a second B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Houston, with a concentration in Controls, Signals and Communications. Prior to joining the USPTO Jeff was engaged in the private practice of law.

About Reynaldo Vasquez

As the Texas Regional Outreach Officer, Mr. Vasquez is responsible for stakeholder engagement and outreach initiatives on behalf of the USPTO in the eight states that comprise the Texas Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Before joining the USPTO, Mr. Vasquez served with the U.S. Small Business Administration as an Economic Development Specialist, Veterans Business Development Officer and District International Trade Officer for the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office. Mr. Vasquez served with the U.S. SBA from December 2009 to April of 2021, before that Mr. Vasquez worked for the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) from 2006-2009 at the Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) assisting in the purchasing and administration of the center. Additionally, Mr. Vasquez served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2006 and continues to serve in the U.S. Army National Guard from 2006 to present as a Human Resources and Dental Specialist.

Mr. Vasquez has a BA in Business Management and AA in Business Administration from UTRGV. Mr. Vasquez comes from a family of entrepreneurs from industries such as mechanics, lawyers, accountants, and home health agencies. Mr. Vasquez has specialized in real estate management, entrepreneurship development, commercial, and international trade financing.

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May 12 2022


8:30 am - 10:00 am
The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Drive, Richardson, Texas 75081


The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Drive, Richardson, Texas 75081

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