Monday, November 26, 2007
TIME did not stop with this year, however. The best inventions page includes a list of all-time best inventors from Archimedes (circa 287-212 B.C.) to Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell, the modern-day cloners of Dolly the sheep.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Once the dishes from the feast have been cleared away and you are looking for entertainment, for the kids try patent 1,678,226 (Toy representing a turkey Gobbler) or for Fido try the turkey-inspired D554,812 (Pet toy ) or 7,087,260 (Animal chew toy with flossing ribs/projections).
If you are celebrating at someone else's home and want to bring a turkey-themed gift, you are in luck. Patents exist for dinnerware or silverware (D164,113 or D167,472 - Plate or similar article; D22,778 - Design for a spoon). If art or jewelry is more to the taste of your hostess, consider a figurine with a turkey design (D148,147) or a decorative turkey brooch (D104,925 ).
Thanks to Margaret J. Collins, Library Program Specialist, Patent and Trademark Depository Library,Illinois State Library for supplying the idea and many of the patent numbers for this entry.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The USPTO's criteria for selecting the exhibitors are:
- Brand recognition - How well-known is the mark?
- Educational value of the proposed exhibit - How would the trademark holders participation help educate the public about trademarks?
- Category diversity - Does the applicant's participation help ensure the Expo has a wide selection of trademarks?
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
- Claims and Continuations Practice - Final Rule
- Proposed Rule Changes to Focus the Patent Process in the 21st Century
For additional questions about these new rules, contact the USPTO by e-mail at Patent.Practice@uspto.gov or by phone at (571) 272-7704.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
From the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program Office:
The 2005 PTMT report profiling patenting by U.S. universities ("US Colleges and Universities- Utility Patent Grants, 1969-Present") is now available on the USPTO Web Site (http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/univ/univ_toc.htm) as is the 2006 update of the report that profiles utility patent applications by country of origin ("Number of Utility Patent Applications Filed in the United States By Country of Origin, Calendar Years 1965 to Present").
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Congress is also concerned about patent issues. On Feb. 15, 2007 the Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing entitled American Innovation at Risk: The Case for Patent Reform. Suzanne Michel, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and the Deputy Assistant Director for Policy Coordination, FTC testified as did public witnesses from Brandeis University, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Public Patent Foundation. Additionally, Congressman Howard L. Berman sponsored The Patent Reform Act of 2007 with thanks to Senator Leahy, Congressman Rick Boucher, and Congressman Lamar Smith. The act expresses concern about a "decrease in patent quality and an increase in litigation abuses."
On July 9 Business Week published "Look Who's Fighting Patent Reform" which reveals that universities, venture capitalists, and trade groups are concerned that "Big Tech" firms ( America's largest software and computer companies) are trying to rewrite patent law to lessen litigation from smaller entities.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Reexamination Certificates File (zipped file) is now available on the USPTO website. The certificates reveal claims that have been cancelled, confirmed, or newly incorporated for normal or reissue patents.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
According to the USPTO, comments are invited about:
- a) Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical
- (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information;
- (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
- (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of
information on respondents, including through the use of automated
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Comments may be sent the following ways:
- E-mail: Susan.Fawcett@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0052 comment'' in
the subject line of the message.
- Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan Fawcett.
- Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief
Information Officer, Customer Information Services Group, Public
Information Services Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O.
Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The FTC has established a phone line (202-326-2926) for consumers who have complaints against the Patent and Trademark Institute of America (PTI) for promising to help consumers objectively evaluate and/or license their inventions and earn royalties, none of which allegedly occurred.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Ms. Peterlin earned a law degree from the University of Chicago, clerked on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Jerry E. Smith, acted as General Counsel to Richard Armey, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as Counsel for Legal Policy and National Security Advisor for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
For universities and research and development (R&D) organizations in developing countries, WIPO has recently launched the WIPO University Initiative. This program uses Intellectual Property (IP) Coordinators who provide information and advice about IP matters to enable these organizations to implement IP policies, analyze IP information, develop IP assets, and make wise decisions about technology transfer and licensing.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
First, the USPTO is piloting a program that will allow customers to access and manage their financial activity records online.
Next, regarding ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, the USPTO proposes to add two items, an electronic version of the Issue Fee Transmittal (Form PTOL-85B) and a petition to request an extension of time.
Likewise, the USPTO posted a final rule pertaining to ex parte or inter partes reexamination designating the correspondence address for the patent as the correct address for all communications. It also specifies the use of a single mail stop address to file ex parte reexamination papers (as is already the case for inter partes reexamination papers) and prohibits supplemental patent owner responses to an Office action in inter partes reexamination proceedings without sufficient cause. The USPTO, however, is not implementing a proposed rule "to newly provide for a patent owner reply to a request for reexamination, prior to the Office's decision on the request."
Finally, as of Oct. 31, 2007, the USPTO will cease accepting correspondence sent to the previous location of the Madrid Processing Unit (MPU) in Arlington, Virginia. The current address is: Madrid Processing Unit, 600 Dulany Street, MDE-7B87, Alexandria, VA 22314-5793.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Per the USPTO Guidelines for Applicants Under the Accelerated Examination Procedure, to qualify for accelerated review, an applicant must:
- Submit the petition and fee (where appropriate)
- File the request with respect to an application filed under 35 USC 111(a)
- File the application via the EFS or EFS-Web; also all follow-on submissions
- File a complete application complying with 37 CFR 1.51
- File 3 or fewer independent claims and no more than 20 claims total
- File an application for a single invention or agree to elect without traverse a single invention for examination
- Agree to an interview with the examiner to discuss any outstanding issues arising in the examination process
- Conduct a pre-examination search
- Provide an accelerated examination support document
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Comments and recommendations about this submission can be addressed to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 to be received on or before March 18,2007.
Another USPTO entry in the February 26, 2007 (Vol. 72, No. 37, p.8356-8357) Federal Register invites comment about the USPTO's efforts to reduce paperwork as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The entry focuses on practitioner records maintenance, disclosure, and discipline before the Patent and Trademark Office.
Written comments about these procedures must be submitted on or before April 27, 2007 by any of the following methods:
- E-mail:Susan.Brown@uspto.gov. Include
``0651-0017 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
- Fax: 571-273-0112,
marked to the attention of Susan Brown.
- Mail: Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Architecture, Engineering and Technical Services, Data Architecture and Services Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Email comments about the proposed rule to TM RECON COMMENTS@USPTO.GOV or submit written comments to Commissioner for Trademarks, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 22313-1451, attention Cynthia C. Lynch. Comments must be received by April 16, 2007.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
- approximate one quarter of all PCT applications in 2005 were written in Japanese, Chinese or Korean
- the total number of foreign patent filings in India rose to 19, 984 in 2005, a 44% increase on 2004
- the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) now also offers online file inspection
- draft amendments to the Chinese Trade Mark Law were published for public consultation in April 2006.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Posthumous awards will recognize the following inventors at the awards ceremony on May 4th and 5th at the Hall's home in Akron, Ohio : Allen Breed for the automotive airbag; David Cushman and Miguel Ondetti for captopril (medical Ace inhibitor); Donald Davies for digital packet switching; William Goddard and John Lynott for magnetic disk storage; Peter Goldmark for the long playing (LP) record; Maurice Hilleman for vaccines including the MMR; Godfrey Hounsfield for the CAT scanner; Arthur Nobile for prednisone (steriod); and Otto Wichterle for the soft contact lens.
The living inventors to be inducted are: Paul Baran for digital packet switching; Emmett Chappelle for bioluminescence techniques; John Franz for Roundup® herbicide; Leroy Hood for the DNA sequencer; Paul Lauterbur for magnetic resonance imaging—MRI; Peter Mansfield also for magnetic resonance imaging—MRI; and Robert Metcalfe for the Ethernet.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 4:00-6:00
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007 2:00-4:00
The classes covers preliminary patent searching using both Internet resources and resources available at the library. There is a $5.00 fee and registration is required.
Please call 713-348-6212 for additional information. Additional sessions will be added on our website.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
PubWest will not be available between 6:00-7:00 PM EST tomorrow,
Wednesday, January 31. The firewall server that handles the
authentication to USPTO will be replaced during this time. You will
need to reauthenticate after 7:00 PM, and access to PubWest will then
again be available.
Insufficient benefit to inventors and frequent confusion about the nature and effect of a Disclosure Document were cited as reasons for eliminating the program. The Final Rule eliminating the Program was published on November 3 in the Federal Register. All documents not received by January 31, 2007 at the USPTO will be returned to the application filer.