February 2010

The USPTO's bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community

Welcome to the first issue of InventorsEye, a new electronic publication by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. InventorsEye is for and about America’s independent and small entity inventor community. It is a community that has always been a vital and vibrant part of America’s invention heritage.

InventorsEye will appear every other month. Each issue will feature information you can use, tips on working with the USPTO; events, organizations and meetings of interest to the community; issues that impact independent and small entity inventors; and stories about people like you who have become successful inventors.We also want to hear from you with your ideas for stories and features that will enable us to better serve you through this publication.

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Patent Reform:
Good for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses

An Open Letter to the Independent Inventor and Small Business Communities from Under Secretary of Commerce and USPTO Director David Kappos

We at the USPTO are committed to providing America’s innovators with the tools you need to put your ideas to work. That means providing high quality patents in a timely manner and giving your inventions reliable IP protection. Independent inventors and small businesses do critical research and development every day, and the innovative goods and services you produce benefit society and fuel our economy by creating new businesses and jobs. My goal is to help you bring those goods and services to market, to build economic opportunity, and to maintain America’s place as the innovation capital of the world.

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Protect Your Innovation:
Avoid Scams

How do you know if you are dealing with a good guy or one of those fraudulent invention promotion service companies? What is offered by the company that might be of interest? What is in the contract that you are signing?


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Spark of Genius
The Spiral Eye Needle

I met an inventor a couple years ago that had a simple, yet unique invention. The invention is called the “Spiral Eye Needle” and was invented by Pam Turner of Minnesota. As I was walking around the expo exhibit space, I noticed a crowd around one of the booths. I passed it by and returned later to another crowd.

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Do Your Homework

How do I get a patent, where do I start? Our reply is always the same. Do your homework.
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Where Inventors Meet

DC Regional F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition on March 4th, and more near your neighborhood.
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Organizations and resources for the independent inventor community.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office

in this issue
Patent Reform
An Open Letter
Protect Your Innovation: Avoid Scams
By Ronald Jaicks : Office of the Solicitor
Spark of Genius: The Spiral Eye Needle
By John Calvert : Inventors Assistance Program
Do Your Homework
Where Independent Inventors Meet

Organizations for Inventors


What does the USPTO do
for independent inventors?