Fees for patents and trademarks

One question that you may have as an inventor or entrepreneur with intellectual property to protect is “what does it cost to apply?” The answers can be found at the USPTO Fees and payment page (also accessible directly from the Quick Links menu).  Once there, you may also wish to consult the USPTO Fee Schedule for up-to-date fee […]

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Inventor conference

Patent Alert Invention-Con 2017 Join us for Invention-Con 2017, USPTO's Independent Inventors Conference, on August 11-12, 2017 in Alexandria, VA. During this two day conference, attendees can attend plenary talks, participate in topic specific small-group breakout sessions, and hear from USPTO officials and experts who will present information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property […]

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and in honor of that, we searched for bicycle patents. The Cooperative Patent Classification subclass that covers bicycles is B62K.  There are 12,768 patents that come up in a search of that class; the earliest result is a patent from 1860 for a steam plow, which looks a little like a […]

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Patents and Trademarks of World War I

Last month marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has taken a look back into its archives of patents and trademarks from that era. Certain items developed for troops in WWI went on to become part of everyday […]

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Friday’s Famous Inventor – Bertha Berman

Bertha Berman invented the fitted bed sheet on October 6, 1959. She realized that a mattress needed a cover so it would not get spoiled. However, without the elastic placed on the corners of the sheet, it would not stay attached to the mattress. Thus, Bertha came up with the idea of attaching elastic to […]

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IP News – 5 Things Inventors and Startups Need to Know About Patents

By Gene Quinn July 9, 2016 On the road from idea to inventing success there are many pitfalls that stand in the way. One of the biggest pitfalls, unfortunately, is incomplete knowledge. There are a great number of things inventors should know, from the importance of doing a patent search, to the need for confidentiality […]

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Monopoly Game Invention

Have you ever imagined high school kids being inventors? I think most people who like board games recognize the Parker Brothers.  George S. Parker created his first game, called Banking, in 1883 when he was just 16.  He founded his company, initially called the George S. Parker Company, in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, in the […]

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Trademark Tuesday – Bicycle Playing Cards

August M. Berens, also known as Gus, came up with the idea to name a playing card line "Bicycle." He was just helping his boss out. Gus worked for Russell Morgan and Company, a Cincinnati printing firm. In 1885, the company came out with a new pack of cards. However, they did not have a […]

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IP News – Female Inventors

Press release from the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (www.gov.uk) Female inventorship is on the rise worldwide according to the UK IPO revealed on November 14, 2016.  In Britain, the proportion of female inventors is 7.3%. In the United States of America there are 8.7% female inventors, as compared to 91.3% male inventors. Since 2000, […]

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Friday’s Famous Inventor – Beulah Louise Henry

Beulah Henry was nicknamed "Lady Edison" because she is credited with over 100 inventions that made daily life easier. In 1912, her first invention was a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer (Patent #1,037,762.) Henry was such a prolific inventor that she was granted 49 United States Patent and Trademark Office patents. An interesting invention of hers […]

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