USPTO June Monthly Review

Published on: 07/03/2024 14:26 PM

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A look back at the highlights of June 2024

Journeys of Innovation

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A Black American inventor known best for improving a carbon filament for the incandescent light bulb, Lewis Latimer used his childhood experiences, military training, and innovative mindset to fight back against the racist beliefs of the time and leave a lasting positive change in the world.

Bringing light for all

The clip-clop of horseshoes and the slow creaking of carriage wheels on the tarmacadam streets of London welcomed the two weary American travelers after more than one month at sea on New Year’s Day, 1882. Accompanied by his wife, 33-year-old Lewis Latimer arrived with a daunting task before him: the electrified illumination of a city famous for its fog.

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Vaishali Udupa and Kiesha Bryant

Kiesha Bryant (left), a USPTO hiring director, and Commissioner for Patents Vaishali Udupa. (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)

Discussing examiner hiring with Commissioner for Patents Vaishali Udupa

At the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Commissioner for Patents Vaishali Udupa recently sat down with Kiesha Bryant, Director of Technology Center 3700 (mechanical engineering, manufacturing, gaming, and medical devices/processes) and a hiring director at the agency, to discuss the hiring of patent examiners.

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Coming to a community near you: the future of USPTO outreach

Since I began my tenure over two years ago, the USPTO has worked feverishly to increase American innovation and entrepreneurship.

As part of our efforts, we have expanded our footprint so we can better serve every community across the nation. As I shared in January of 2023, the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022 (UAIA) aligns with and supports these efforts, providing additional momentum for us to make lasting, sustainable change. 

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Latest news


The USPTO and UK IP office look to improve transparency in the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing of technical interoperability standards through new memorandum of understanding, signed on June 3, 2024.

USPTO and the UK IP office agree to collaborate on policies related to standard essential patents

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on June 3, 2024 by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal and the Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) Adam Williams provides a framework for collaboration between the two offices on policies relating to standard essential patents (SEPs).

Read the press release for the MOU

Derris Banks appointed regional director of USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Derris Banks as Regional Director of the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office located in Detroit, Michigan. The Midwest Regional Office serves aspiring and current inventors and entrepreneurs in the Midwest Region, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Read the press release about Derris Banks

Farheena Y. Rasheed appointed Deputy General Counsel and Solicitor for USPTO

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Farheena Y. Rasheed as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor. The Office of the Solicitor serves as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property law matters and works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters and with the Department of Justice in advocacy before the Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other courts. 

Read the press release about Farheena Y. Rasheed

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Donut stop believing in the power of federal trademark registration 🍩 There are hundreds of trademarks for donut-related intellectual property in the USPTO database, so join us on a short tour of donut shop trademarks across the country.

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On #DDay, June 6, 1944, more than 135,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. The feat could not have succeeded without shipbuilder Andrew Higgins & his patented boat & ramp. @USArmymuseum has one of the remaining D-Day boats.

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Today, we granted patent No. 12 million! 🎉

Since the patent numbering system began in 1836, the number of inventors applying for and receiving patents has increased at an exponential rate. From agriculture to transportation, consumer products to biomedical advances, patents reflect the leading-edge technologies of their time. Patent 12 million was granted to a team of California inventors for a chemical reagent for use in DNA sequencing that provides faster and more accurate results.

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Calling all data scientists and AI researchers!

Check out a new Google Kaggle challenge: Explainable AI for Patent professionals. Competitors will use USPTO open data and state-of-the-art AI techniques to drive new explainable AI solutions in the patent domain. Our open data is one of the largest repositories of scientific, technical, and commercial information in the world.

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