Run it by a patent agent.

Got an idea that you think is patentable? Interested in learning about the patenting process? Ask Scott, the Patent Agent, during his weekly virtual office hours with Venture Cafe Philadelphia. Thursdays from 3 — 4 pm ET. Register for a session through Venture Cafe Philadelphia.

Learn the basic facts about patents in this USPTO seminar.

The USPTO offers patent-basics workshops to the general public.  On Wednesday, 10/20/21, they’ll cover the various types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. This hour-long workshop will also cover the difference between provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications, and how to use them.  It will continue with the process of patent prosecution, the …

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Artists and creative organizations: USPTO webinar on IP enforcement 8/5/21

Artists protect against infringement of their works through copyright, design patents, trade secrets and trademarks. Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. Among the types of  works are  paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, …

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From Rags to Resilience: Mary Kenner, US Patent #2881761A

In the 1920s, a creative teenager named Mary Davidson came up with an idea for what would eventually become the modern sanitary pad. Before the “sanitary pad” became an affordable commercial product, women dealt with their periods with homemade rags or tampons. But tampons were considered indecent for young women to use. That prohibition, plus …

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Learn How to Do a Patent-Search Like a Pro.

Anyone can search Google Patents, but a professional prior-art search combines targeted search with analysis to yield concise and useful results. In our new video series, “How Do I Know It’s Patentable?,” we teach inventors our four-pronged approach to prior-art searching, and more importantly, the basics of determining whether an invention is patentable. Join us …

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They Sewed Two Jockstraps Together, Then Changed Women’s Sports Forever.

“…the motivation for the Jogbra started with a blunt question from her sister in 1977 about the discomfort she experienced while running: “Why isn’t there a jockstrap for women?” Ladies, remember the days before sports bras?  Women athletes resorted to bandaging their breasts. Same with any women who jogged, or played b-ball, or tennis, or …

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Free Library of Philadelphia Virtual Office Hours Wednesday, August 12

During this weird, interstitial time, let’s encourage each other not to give up on our inventions and plans. Now is a good time for research and development. We can help by answering your questions about the patent process.  Happily, office hours are once again being scheduled and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Business Resource and …

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