“Successful Inventing” Series Starts May 29, 2024

Without research, effort, and tireless promotion, an invention will not go very far. It is saddening when we observe some of our most creative clients failing to get their products sold because they may lack time, wherewithal, or inclination to pursue the development of their inventions. So we were happy to learn about the USPTO’s …

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Always-Free Services for Independent Inventors

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers free resources for inventors. These include application assistance; education and training; help appealing or fixing an issue; and other services that support independent patent and trademark filers. As a patent agency, we have noticed big disparities in inventorship, so we were happy to learn about the …

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The Path to a Patent, Part III: Patent searching at the USPTO

A patent search is a multi-step process. Here at Keeley DeAngelo, we use Espacenet, Google Patents, and the USPTO’s new Patent Public Search (PPS) tool. The PPS user interface requires some learning, and the USPTO has been offering repeated trainings since it rolled out its new tool last year.  The next training, on April 18 …

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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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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.