Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program: “Innovate, Elevate, and Empower”

Innovate, elevate, empower: Connecting the entrepreneur to the innovation ecosystem is the USPTO’s Black entrepreneurship program to be offered Thursday, February 22, from 1-4:30 p.m. CT. The free program will be offered virtually and in person at the T-REX Building in St. Louis, Missouri. The workshop aims to help entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and inventors protect …

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Patent granted: Ski Caddy #11813516

Congratulations to our client Chuck Keegan for his patent #11813516: Apparatus for Transport, Storage and Lifting of Sporting Equipment. Time to hit the slopes! The TRU-Kii is for transporting, storing and lifting ski equipment. It carries snowboards, skis, poles, boots and other sporting equipment, and easily folds and mounts to a vehicle hitch, or to …

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Three-day patent application workshop by the USPTO

Are you a first-time patent application filer and unsure where to start in the patent-filing process? The USPTO is offering a three-day workshop on the fundamentals of the patent application process, starting today, through 1/25, 9 am — 4pm.  The Stakeholder Application Readiness Training (StART), for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, will teach how to: Safeguard …

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Spherical Wind Turbine Rotor Blade

Congratulations to our client Robert Monteith for his Fluid Turbine Rotor Blade. This spherical rotor blade enhances flow through the center of the array, resulting in rotational force on a downwind blade and directing fresh air into the bypass flow. A combination of holes and a deflector surface generates vortices as updraft flow passes through …

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2023 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Veterans: Learn more about launching and protecting your business in the 2023 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. The next event is Thursday, December 14, 1 – 3 p.m. ET, at which innovating veterans will talk about their journeys toward successful entrepreneurship. Thursday’s workshop will focus on trademarks, logos and branding, and will review training and …

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Ssshhhh: You don’t need an attorney to file a patent application.

USPTO teaches three-step approach to filing a patent without an attorney Interested in filing a patent application without assistance from a registered patent attorney or patent agent? The USPTO will host a free webinar on Wednesday, December 13, from 1-3 p.m. ET . Hosted by the Midwest Regional Office, the program is open to all. …

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Why Do a Prior-Art Search?

To find out whether our invention is novel, or not already invented, we do what’s called a prior-art search. “Prior art” is any previous public disclosure of an invention just like yours. This includes anything published or disclosed anywhere in the world. Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. The USPTO …

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Trademark Basics Boot Camp

Interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply? The USPTO’s second module of its eight-part Trademark Basics Boot Camp takes place Tuesday, October 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.  You may still register at the USPTO’s EventBrite page. This week they’ll cover the general trademark registration process, from filing to registration.  The series continues for …

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FTC Warns Pharma of Patent Manipulation; AbbVie’s Humira Patent Expires

Last week the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning to pharmaceutical companies about exploiting loopholes in the patent process. In particular, patents on inhalers are suspected to be violating federal law. The pharmaceutical companies, which were not named, bar competitors from the drug market by filing patent applications on various aspects of their products. Then …

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Patent #11752420 Granted

Congratulations to our client Todd deWardener for his Ski-Training Apparatus, a set of convertible poles for training young people to ski. Patent #11752420.