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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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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My Favorite Monkee’s Mother Was a Business Diva

From struggling single mother to business diva, Bette Nesmith Graham’s grit and perseverance was epic.  So was her story.  If you want to be inspired, read Perseverance, thy name is Bette  at this month’s installation of the USPTO’s Journeys of Innovation. “She stood outside the Texas Bank and Trust high-rise building in downtown Dallas one …

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Fundamentals of the patent-application process workshop, 1/12/23

First-time patent-application filers interested in learning about the patent process from start to finish are invited to join the USPTO’s three-day workshop to learn the fundamentals of the patent-application process. The Stakeholder Application Readiness Training (StART) is for independent inventors and entrepreneurs. Day Three is from 9 am — 4 pm on Jan. 12, 2023 …

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“Introduction to Intellectual Property” series presented by USPTO

Introduction to Intellectual Property is a virtual series offered quarterly by the USPTO. It continues on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 with “Patent Basics” from 2:00 — 3:00 pm ET. The series covers helpful resources for inventors and entrepreneurs.  Tuesday’s class will cover: The process of patent prosecution The role of patent examiners at the USPTO …

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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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INVENTION-CON 2020 Starts Thursday 8/20/20

Got an invention and don’t know where to start? Or just want to geek out on inventor stuff for three days? Join the USPTO’s Invention Con 2020 from Thursday, August 20 through Saturday.  Hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it’s the annual conference for makers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Stuff covered includes: Best Practices …

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Patent Pro Bono Services are Available for Startups.

Pro-bono patent services are available for independent inventors and small businesses. Join our webinar on Thursday, May 7 at 10 am with the Free Library of Philadelphia to learn how to qualify and how to apply. We’ll cover pro-bono programs from the USPTO, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), regional entities, local arts organizations, and …

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