Recently, Deputy Director Derrick Brent and #USPTOTX Director Hope Shimabuku met with stakeholders @bcmhouston @TexasInnoCenter @UHClearLake and @HIPLATWEETS. They also toured @NASA_Johnson to learn firsthand about exciting new human space exploration technologies.
Physicist and @InventorsHOF inductee Ashok Gadgil’s energy-efficient inventions, the Berkeley-Darfur Stove and UV Waterworks, have improved quality of life for millions of people across the globe. Learn more about his story: http://bit.ly/38ECCCb #EnergyAwareness
The USPTO is seeking public input on our work to strengthen the robustness and reliability of patent rights. We hope to hear from you as we continue to promote innovation for all. Read the Federal Register Notice: https://bit.ly/3UZzKXh
Standardized technology via standard essential patents has brought many benefits to society, including promoting interoperability of devices and supporting market access by smaller companies. We want to hear your views! Learn more in our Director's #blog: https://bit.ly/3CxYhvw
#CXday is every day at USPTO. We thank all our customers for your daily feedback on your experience with USPTO, which helps us serve your better. Learn how we’re modernizing the filing experience for trademark customers: http://bit.ly/3LRpgVC
Do you know the difference between a federally registered trademark and a common law trademark? Check out the Trademark Basics Registration Toolkit to learn more: http://bit.ly/3xHt2dG
Determined to build a radically inclusive business where employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities thrive, Amy and Ben Wright created @bittyandbeaus coffee shop. Read their story in our latest #JourneysOfInnovation: https://bit.ly/3Eauryc #NDEAM
The USPTO invites law students to participate in the 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition! This competition helps students develop their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecution skills. Registration is open through Oct. 31: http://bit.ly/3E0Yybe
#USPTOTexas Regional Director Hope Shimabuku recently met with members of the Laredo College Economic Development Center on their campus in Laredo, Texas to discuss options for expanding USPTO programs, education, and resources in the community.
Stay tuned throughout the month of October –we’ll be highlighting scary, supernatural, and just plain strange patents and trademarks for the 12th year in a row. #CreepyIP
Americans will spend around $10.6 billion on Halloween this year! This holiday is crawling with examples of #CreepyIP, from trademarks protecting the candy you eat, to the patents behind the tools to carve pumpkins or manufacture Halloween decorations.
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The United States ranks as the second most innovative economy in @WIPO’s Global Innovation Index for 2022 - up from third place in 2021. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3dZ8DLb
Check out our revamped Office of Education webpage for kids and educators to view upcoming events, learn about our community outreach, and be inspired by stories of real innovators: http://bit.ly/3LENa6Y
Muppets creator Jim Henson received two design patents in 1959 for puppets Wilkins and Wontkins, the stars of short commercials Henson created for Wilkins Coffee. Wilkins will drink the coffee. Wontkins won’t. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2PiqmBe #NationalCoffeeDay
Check out the agenda for our upcoming Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on Oct. 12! Hear from health advocates focused on early-stage ovarian cancer detection, respiratory care, eye health and more. Register now: http://bit.ly/3L203rh #HispanicHeritageMonth
“Sustainability should be an asset,” says chemical engineer and startup founder Daniela Blanco. Learn how she is using artificial intelligence to help the chemical industry operate more sustainably in our #JourneysOfInnovation: http://bit.ly/3pZSqYC
Kate McCrery is an experienced entrepreneur determined to help startup founders. David Price is a college student with an idea to facilitate safer traffic stops. Join us for #TogetherInInnovation tomorrow to hear their mentorship story: http://bit.ly/3e5TlEb
We look forward to sharing more about our plans for next April 26…stay tuned!
🥁...And the theme for World Intellectual Property Day 2023 is...🥁
Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity
Stay tuned, more details on #WorldIPDay coming soon!
For additional information on the Council, including the full list of Council members, visit our CI² webpage: http://bit.ly/USPTOCi2
The government leaders will work with Council members – executives from industry, academic, non-profit, and government – to develop a National Innovation Strategy and to drive fast, sustainable change.
Today, @SecRaimondo and Director Vidal announced additions of government leaders to top spots in the #USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI²), a whole-of-government approach to expand American entrepreneurship and innovation: http://bit.ly/3CfkkGQ
It’s apple picking season! @InventorsHOF inductees Sylvia Blankenship and Edward Sisler invented 1- MCP, a compound that keeps produce fresh for longer, meaning apples harvested now can still be crisp on grocery store shelves months later. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3z7lYHj
Congratulations to all of the teams who participated, and special thanks to NASA for encouraging all young innovators to turn their ideas into assets.
The judges looked at three major categories: feasibility, delivery, and need in the market. The winning team’s technology related to solar power and carbon dioxide conversion, using nanosensors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
During the White House’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities week, the USPTO participated in a @NASA competition encouraging multidisciplinary student teams to develop new solutions for tech transfer and commercialization using existing NASA patents.
This session will help the FDA develop content for future cross-training on their publicly available resources. Learn more about this collaboration: http://bit.ly/3UuxB5D
As part of our ongoing work with the @US_FDA, the USPTO recently hosted a cross-training event to share information about resources patent examiners use for prior art searching and on how publicly available FDA documents are used in PTAB proceedings.
LEDs use 75% less energy and last 25% longer than incandescent bulbs. Learn more about the storied career of their inventor, Nick Holonyak, Jr., who passed away on September 18, 2022 at the age of 93: http://bit.ly/343vsV3
Do you regularly search the USPTO's federal trademark database? Want to get the tips and tricks to fine-tune your clearance searches and quickly find the marks you’re looking for? Register for our event on September 27: http://bit.ly/3xKALIW
Hope Shimabuku of the #USPTOTexas Regional Office and Molly Kocialski of the #USPTORockyMtn Regional Office joined Esther Lim of @FinneganIPLaw to discuss increasing diversity in the intellectual property profession. Watch the full discussion: http://bit.ly/3BJCY9S
K-12 educators: Join us Victoria Pasquantonio from @NewsHour for this month’s webinar on using current events to help students invent and solve problems in their community. Learn more and tune in on September 27: http://bit.ly/3difcIw
This week, USPTO Deputy Director Derrick Brent discussed innovation challenges in areas like CHIP manufacturing, clean energy, information technology, and advanced manufacturing at the 39th Annual National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference. #2022NationalMEDWeek
After studying the different types of intellectual property protection, Daniela Blanco decided that a trade secret was the best option for her AI software that helps increase sustainability in the chemical industry. Hear her story: http://bit.ly/3pZSqYC #JourneysOfInnovation
The USPTO kicked off the 61st Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) with a special program this week! The CFC encourages federal employees to give back to their communities through monetary donations and volunteer service. Learn more about the CFC: http://bit.ly/3BB7vFq
Want to learn about the USPTO’s work to ensure patents are robust and reliable? Or interested in hearing the details of our collaboration with the @US_FDA? Check out the agenda for the next Patent Public Advisory Committee meeting on September 27: http://bit.ly/3BbDqw0
Happy Fall, y’all! Check out our autumnal #inventor starter pack.
Director Vidal invited local patent examiners and judges on a trip to @SUBiodesign. The Center is dedicated to teaching and fostering the process of innovation with a focus on health technology. The technologies invented during Stanford Biodesign training have helped millions.
Join us on Sept. 28 for our #TogetherInInnovation event on mentorship! Hear from David Price, who invented @thesafetypouch as part of his mission to facilitate safe and equitable traffic stops, and his mentor, Kate McCreary. View the agenda and register: http://bit.ly/3e5TlEb
“We applaud the @USIPalliance, @Meta, @Lenovo, and all companies who have signed and support the Diversity Pledge to bring about real change, and we encourage more companies to stand up and lead in this impactful area.” – USPTO Director Kathi Vidal
The Increasing DII PR info is now online! #USIPA launched The Diversity Pledge, which encouraged companies to use patent data as a way to visualize who is participating in their innovation and inventorship processes and more importantly who is not. https://tinyurl.com/2opubwh3
There are still spots available (both in-person and virtual) for our Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) Partnership Series event on patents and biotech tomorrow. View the full agenda and register: http://bit.ly/3QUFHSH
Can you help us find the lost X-patents? Learn more about the USPTO search for these early records of American innovation, and email email@example.com if you happen upon one: http://bit.ly/3RGCUh4
To this day only around 2,845 of the lost patents have been fully replicated in the agency’s records. https://bit.ly/3qO0c8m
Do you want to learn about free, valuable resources available to inventors and entrepreneurs? Join us on Wednesday, October 12, for the USPTO’s 2022 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3L203rh
The USPTO’s 2021 Patent Examination Research Dataset (PatEx) is now available! It contains information on over 13.5 million U.S. patent applications filed with the USPTO through June 27, 2022, including info on their examination histories. Check it out: http://bit.ly/3qBPocp
Yesterday at @IPO, Director Vidal participated in a panel on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the innovation ecosystem. To learn about our work to strengthen equity and how to get involved, visit our #InclusiveInnovation web page: http://bit.ly/3aK485s
📢 Reminder: the USPTO’s Patent Public Search tool will be replacing the legacy systems PubEAST, PubWEST, PatFT, and AppFT on September 30. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3qSkBcv
Counterfeit products are not only illegal, they can cause real harm. Learn more about how the #GoforReal campaign, a partnership between @McGruffatNCPC and the USPTO, is teaching young people how to avoid these dangerous fakes: http://bit.ly/3RV3RNK
“These inventors, who represent first generation Americans from 6 countries and are predominantly young women, embody the American dream,” said Vidal. This group of young innovators serves as inspiration for us all. We can’t wait to see what you do next.
Invention education helps students learn to address real-world problems with creative solutions, and patents help get those solutions into the hands of those who need them most.
This weekend, Director Vidal joined the students, many of whom are now pursuing STEM degrees in college, their educators and families, and representatives from MIT and Microsoft to celebrate their patent – a major achievement.