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Current issue

inventor ThomSpring 2018

Bringing Innovation Closer to Home
Alas, it's spring!
Interview with the Deputy Commissioner
Invention-Con 2018 is coming

 

 

 

Past issues

 

 Kedar Narayan, 9-year-old inventor of Storibot, a game that teaches programming and is accessible to the visually impaired.

Winter 2018

Meet the Little Code Ninja
Winter Patents
2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition
Free Legal Services for Inventors

 


 


 

Black and White photo of author and humorist Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in white suit with kitten in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., circa 1907.Fall 2017

Mark Twain's Copyright Fight
Young Inventor Lucca Riccio
Fall Cleanup
Invention-Con 2017: A smashing Success

 


 


 

The place for inventors, makers and entrepreneursSummer 2017

Invention-Con 2017
Introducing Patent Virtual Assistance
An Interview with Teen Inventor R.J. Batts
Pro Se Assistance Program
Summer Adventuring Patents

 


 


Serial entrepreneur Ramon Ray smiles and points to his leftApril 2017

Taking the Entrepreneurship Plunge
Two Minutes to Sushi Success
Fashion Quirks for the Spring
Global Dossier for Worldly Inventors
Save the Date for the 2017 Independent Inventors Conference

 

 


Undergraduate winners Ameer Shakeel and Payam Pourtaheri of UVAJanuary 2017

Solving Tomorrow's Problems
A Stronghold of Ingenuity
Playing Off Patents
Provisional Patent Application: Is it for Me?
 

 

 


Historic Patent found in AtticNovember 2016

Putting Down Roots at the Patent Office
Visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the USPTO
A Trip to the Attic
Election Year Patents that Rocked the Vote

 

 


Go with me chair advertisementAugust 2016

Message from the Associate Commissioner
The Fourth Quarter
Now Available: Financial Manager and Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront
Inspired to Protect
At the Beach
Common Pitfalls on USPTO Forms

 


Smithsonian Innovation FestivalDecember 2015

On the Road to Invention with SBIR
Celebrating Innovation
Walk Tall and Innovate
Innovation Brewing
Fee Reminders and Tips for Micro Entity Status

 


Futuristic image of man wearing glasses representing innovationAugust 2015

Innovation by the Millions
Pro Se Update
A Tangled Dream
The Promise of Innovation
Prioritized Examination Popular with Small and Micro Entities
Events and Announcements
Organizations


The 2015 National Inventors Hall of Fame InducteesJune 2015

National Inventors Hall of Fame Inducts Next Class of Innovators
Inventing Humanity
In the Garden
New Options for U.S. Design Applicants
Events and Announcements
Organizations

 


Portraits of Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow and the patent application drawing of US Patent number 2,929,922 for the Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of RadiationMarch 2015

Lasers, Patents and Progress: the Spirit of Follow-on Innovation
Science Fiction to Science Fact
My Milestone Patents
Philosophy of Innovation
Searching with CPC
Events and Announcements
Organizations


Patent Examiner Technical Training Program where Patent Examiners are listening to panel discussion November 2014

Connecting Expertise
Introducing the Pro Se Assistance Program
America's Pastime Patents
Monkeying Around with Innovation
Tips for Using EFS-Web
Events and Announcements
Organizations


Human face represented in galaxy colorsAugust 2014

The Dreams Ideas Are Made Of
Meet the Inaugural Class of Invention Ambassadors
Patent Cures for the Summertime Blues
Growing the Distance
Patent Owners-Beware of Maintenance Fee Scam
Events and Announcements
Organizations


Front lawn of White HouseJune 2014

The White House Executive Actions
Innovation Development on the Move in 2014
The Patents of My Career
Clicking Everything into Place
Unintentional Abandonment
Events and Announcements
Organizations


Man in shirt and tie swimming underwaterApril 2014

Be Smart While Swimming with Sharks
Behind the Curtain
A Career Igniting the Inventive Spirit
Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program Renewed for 2014
Events and Announcements
Organizations


Flower suspended on a piece of aerogel which is suspended over a Bunsen burnerFebruary 2014

What's New in Winter Fabric Technology
Winter Patents
Uncovering History’s Black Women Inventors
To Interview or Not to Interview
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


Poinsettia patentDecember 2013

Patently Poinsettia
Collegiate Inventors Lead Technological Charge
Tripping the Light Fantastic
Lower Fees Starting Jan. 1
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


Margaret (Peggy) Focarino, the Commisioner for Patents giving a speechNovember 2013

Fiscal Year 2013 in Review: A Message from the Commissioner for Patents
Tracking Innovation: Prosthetics
What Innovation Sounds Like
Track One Prioritized Examination Puts Your Innovation in the Fast Lane
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


John Calvert of the United States Patent and Trademark Office talking to attendees at the Maker FaireAugust 2013

Making Innovation Fun and Faire
SelectUSA Opens Doors to the World
Innovation by Location: Clemson Grads Endeavor to Bring New Brace to Market
Follow-Up: Micro Entity Status
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


Patents for Humanity membersJune 2013

Opportunity at the Base of the Pyramid: Lessons from Patents for Humanity
Welcome Inventors Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Grilling up Good Ideas
Can Recipes Be Patented?
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


Attendees at one of the USPTO's regional Independent Inventors Conferences gathered together at a tableApril 2013

Independent Inventors Conferences: A Look Inside
World IP Day is April 26
Innovating as a Group: INCA
First Inventor to File Is Here: Learn How It Works
Events and Announcements
Organizations for Inventors


3D wooden man model thinking next to a trademark symbolFebruary 2013

Don't Sit and Wait: Stopping Trademark Squatters
Tracking Innovation: Windshield Wipers
The Rx for Entrepreneurial Success
Announcements
New Fees and Micro Entity Status take Effect March 19
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Board game pieces and dice arranged on a game boardDecember 2012

Getting into the Game: Q&A with the Experts
Pushing Ahead with Pro Bono Assistance
PTRCs-the Cure for Information Overload
Toying with Success
Announcements
Using the USPTO Data Visualization Center-Your Window into the USPTO
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


EVOADAP_largeOctober 2012

The Evolution of Adaptation
Keeping the Road Clear: The Patents Ombudsman Program
Inventor Lifts Up Tradition, Culture, and Ingenuity
Announcements
Resources for Understanding Third-Party Preissuance Submissions
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Map of the United States with the different USPTO regional office locations markedAugust 2012

Rules and Roadshows
USPTO Patents for Humanity Competition
Bright Young Minds Shine at the USPTO
Fueling the Inventive Spirit
Announcements
Identifying Non-USPTO Solicitations
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


USPTO’s wonderful exhibit “The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World” is now showing at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.June 2012

Start of Summer Updates for Inventors
Independent Inventors Conference Brings USPTO Resources to Sunshine State
Inventors Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2012
Purse-uing a Dream
File Online, Save Money and Protect Your Private Information
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Man serving foodApril 2012

USPTO and NIST Launch Online Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool
USPTO Brings Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium to Shreveport, La.
Register Now for the Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference
Inventors Beware: Copycats Thrive Abroad
Dr. Janine Jagger Fixes the Problem, Not the Blame
Licensing Options
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Map of the US with the different USPTO Regional Office locations and roadshow dates markedFebruary 2012

America Invents Act Hits the Road
USPTO and National Women's Business Council Pay Tribute to Women Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Inventor Lori Greiner Organizes the World
USPTO.gov Inventor Pages to Offer New Patent Tutorials
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations


President Barack Obama examines a robot created in the school's prototyping and robotics senior research labs at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VADecember 2011

USPTO Moves Quickly to Implement America Invents Act
Deputy Commissioner Margaret "Peggy" Focarino Named Next Commissioner for Patents
Polester Takes a Long Shot in Digital Photography
File your Application Online to Avoid the Surcharge for Paper Filings
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations


President Barack Obama signing the America Invents Act into law at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VAOctober 2011

President Obama Signs America Invents Act
USPTO Announces New Fees
USPTO Issues Patent Number 8,000,000
What Are the Current Guidelines for Submiting Models with Your Patent Application?
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Pasadena City College CampusAugust 2011

Register Now for the California Regional Inventors Conference
It's First and Goal on the One Yard Line for Patent Reform
Pro Bono Pilot Program in Minn. Helps Indepent Inventors Gain Patent Council
Giving Through a Trademark
Providing Inventors More Communication and Efficiency
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations


Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos talking with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith after Kappos' House testimonyJune 2011

An Update on Patent Reform
A Message from the Associate Commissioner
Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtables
Enertia
Accelerated Review of Green Technology Patent Applications
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Woman speaking at the Women's Entreprenuership SymposiumMarch 2011

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium – A Day of Information and Networking
USPTO appoints Teresa Stanek Rea as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Richard Maulsby as Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development
Spilled Spaghetti Leads to Good Licensing Deal
Providing Inventors More Time through the USPTO’s Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Commerce connect logoJanuary 2011

CommerceConnect Helps Businesses Become More Competitve and Create Jobs
Trademarks Litigation Tactics Study
The Step 'N Wash
Working with a Patent Practitioner
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Pamphlet for the Provisional Application for a PatentNovember 2010

Providing Inventors More Time and Options
Independent Inventors Gather at the USPTO to Share Ideas
Houston Inventors Association Helps Members Bring Inventions to Reality
Resources in Your Own Backyard
Events: Where Inventors Meet
Organizations


USPTO Director David Kappos giving a speech outside the Alexandria locationSeptember 2010

USPTO Year in Review – and a Look Forward
The National Trademark Expo Set for October 15 and 16
Your Inspiration Could be at our Next Conference
Patent and Trademark Resources
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Lynne Beresford, Commissioner for TrademarksJuly 2010

Your Trademark is Your Brand Protection
Ombudsman Program is Here For You
How KleenSlate Got Started
Save Money by Using TESS
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


USPTO Director David Kappos presenting Yvone Brill, Inventor of the hydrazine resistojet propulsion systems with the Inventors Hall of Fam Induction medalApril 2010

The National Inventors Hall of Fame
Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need to Know
Simon Says: Invent.
Special Status?
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors


Director of the USPTO David KapposFebruary 2010

Patent Reform
Protect Your Innovation: Avoid Scams
Spark of Genius: The Spiral Eye Needle
Do Your Homework
Events: Where Independent Inventors Meet
Organizations for Inventors