Shutout by the shutdown?

Not if it's U.S. patent or trademark business! The United States Patent & Trademark Office has enough funds to operate as usual for a few weeks before having to shift to essential operations only. Your local Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at St. Louis Public Library will remain open as usual regardless. Call 314.539.0390…
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Provisional or not?

Wondering whether a provisional application is right for you?  The USPTO might have the answer in this post. A provisional application provides the benefit of an earlier filing date.  So protection, once a patent is granted, would extend back to the filing date of the provisional application.  It also allows the filer to use the…
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Why and how to trademark

It takes time and money to get your name out there and establish a brand, so it makes sense to protect it. Registration shows proof of ownership, so others considering their own mark can avoid yours. Not only that, but a trademark is intellectual property which, while intangible, has value in a business plan, and…
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New look for uspto.gov

Breaking News! On Thursday, October 25, the USPTO homepage underwent a facelift. Information is consolidated, and it is an overall cleaner look for the site.  One notable change is the disappearance of the green Quick Links dropdown menu, which has been replaced with the two dropdown menus shown at the left.  The same links to…
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Trademark filing changes

The USPTO has encouraged electronic transactions for some time with higher fees for paper filing, but soon, electronic applications for trademark registration may become mandatory.  In May, the USPTO proposed changes to the trademark application process.  From the announcement: The proposed changes would generally require trademark applicants and registrants to: 1. File trademark applications and…
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