Monday, December 22, 2014
US Design Patent D680465
Santa Claus is a popular topic for patents. Aside from the design patents using various images of Santa like a chocolate Santa (USD644410 issued Sep 6, 2011 or a Santa on skis (USDesign155477 issued on Oct. 11, 1949), you can find a Santa Claus detector shaped like a stocking (US5523741 issued June 4 1996), a kit for creating an illusion of a Santa visit (US7258592 issued Aug. 21, 2007), a Santa that disappears in a chimney (US3159935 issued Dec. 8, 1964), and an animated Santa on his sleigh pulled by reindeer (USD3820265 issued June 28, 1974) to name a few. Everywhere you look at this time of year, you'll see patented Santas.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Have you ever wondered how many people patent inventions each year from the Houston area or which institutions have the most patents? The Patent and Monitoring Team from the United States Patent and Trademark Office has made available at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/reports.htm the following reports:
- DRILL-DOWN Utility Patent Report, Patenting In U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas, Breakout By Organization, 2000 – 2013
- DRILL-DOWN Utility Patent Report, Patenting In U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas, Breakout By Technology Class, 2000 – 2013
- DRILL-DOWN Utility Patent Report, Patenting In Technology Classes, Breakout by Origin, U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas, 2000 – 2013
- DRILL-DOWN Utility Patent Report, U.S. State Patenting, Breakout by Regional Component (e.g., County), 2000 – 2013
- DRILL-DOWN Inventor Report, U.S. Resident Inventors and Their Utility Patents, Breakout By State Regional Component (e.g., County), 2000 - 2013
Monday, December 15, 2014
Message from the USPTO:
The world’s five largest intellectual property organization (IP5) released its 2013 Annual Statistics Report. The report is designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow and comparing procedures. The IP5 Offices, which together handle about 89 percent of the world’s patent applications, began meeting in 2007 and include: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO).
The IP5 offices also provide detailed statistical data sheets for historical numbers of patent application filings going back to the 1980s and patent grants broken down by International Patent Classification (IPC) codes and country of origin. The additional statistical data also includes an office by office comparison of fees associated with the patent process, including those associated with services by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
For the full report and additional information on the IP5 please visit their website: www.fiveipoffices.org/statistics/statisticsreports/2013edition.html.