Learning about licensing

Once a patent is granted, or a trademark is registered, what can be done with it?  Besides using it to protect your own use of your intellectual property, it can provide indirect benefit which can be just as valuable.  Both patents and trademarks are property, and just like the owner of a house can rent it out to generate income, […]

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Plant patents

There are three kinds of patents granted by the US Patent & Trademark Office: utility, design, and plant. What is a plant patent? A plant patent is granted "to anyone who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced any distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, and newly found seedlings, other […]

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USPTO Resources

Here are three sources of assistance and information from the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Inventors Assistance Center (IAC):   The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) provides patent information and services to the public. The IAC is staffed by former Supervisory Patent Examiners, experienced Primary Patent Examiners, various intellectual property specialists and attorney who can answer […]

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Pro Se Assistance

Filing a patent application without the guidance of a registered patent attorney or agent is called pro se filing.  The patent application process can be a bit complicated and particular, and the USPTO's Pro Se Assistance Program is here to help!  The webpage addresses commonly encountered issues and has resources for inventors.  In particular, the Nonprovisional Utility Patent Application […]

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Protection for apps

These three articles on smartphone applications (usually referred to as apps) show a side of intellectual property protection that is quite interesting, and sheds light on the process. They discuss the various ways to protect an app, and the differences between copyrights, trademarks, and patents. https://www.bluecloudsolutions.com/articles/thieves-beware-intellectual-property-rights-iphone-app/ https://www.elance.com/q/blog/protecting-intellectual-property-your-app https://www.lw.com/thoughtLeadership/ip-in-mobile-applications

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Watch out for trademark scams!

Federal Agencies Tackling Trademark Scams Guest Blog from the US Patent & Trademark Office by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison Some trademark applicants and registrants have paid fees to private companies while mistakenly thinking they were paying fees required by the USPTO. To combat this problem, last week, the USPTO co-hosted its first ever public […]

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Pro bono patent help

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has worked to set up a system of volunteers who can help inventors with legal assistance to file patent applications. In Missouri, the place to go for help is Gateway Venture Mentoring Service.  Below is a blog post describing the nationwide network in more detail. From the USPTO Director's […]

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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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