Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium presented by USPTO

On March 21, the USPTO Office of Innovation Development will host the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio. The symposium  will focus on the topics of women inventors, entrepreneurs, and the importance of intellectual property.

The symposium is free to participants and will offer networking opportunities with experts in the intellectual property field, as well as government and industry representatives who will help attendees gain insight into all facets of the patent process and bringing products to market.  More information can be found here


Pros and Cons of Provisional Patent Applications at Inventors Assoc. of Connecticut

Hi All,

On March 27, 2018, 7 pm, at Fairfield University Library room 101, I will be presenting at the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting.  The topic will be Pros and Cons of Provisional Patent Applications.  The differences between a provisional patent application and a non-provisional patent application will be presented. Benefits and disadvantages of the provisional application will be discussed. Other intellectual property may also be discussed such as design patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  More information can be found here.

U.S. Patent office presenting a free PATENT QUALITY CHAT!

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues March 13, from noon – 1 p.m. ET, with Subject Matter Eligibility: Guidance & Examination Resources. No registration is necessary.

The USPTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Bob Bahr will discuss the resources the USPTO provides on subject matter eligibility, with an emphasis on the latest revision of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure from January. This webinar will be especially helpful for those prosecuting patent applications and/or with an interest in statutory compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 101.

More information, including how to attend, is available here.

Whitman Controls Corporation obtains Registered Trademark

I would like to congratulate my client Whitman Controls Corporation of Bristol, CT for recently obtaining a registered trademark on a stylized WC for their products.  The trademark can be seen here.   Whitman Controls Corporation is a switch manufacturer selling pressure switches; vacuum pressure switches; differential switches; temperature switches; level switches; and other goods.  Whitman Controls Corporation can be reached here.

USPTO holding their next Inventor Info Chat Webinar on Feb 15, 2018

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon ET when they will provide a presentation on claim drafting.

Presentation overview:

  • Gain awareness of the questions to answer before claiming your invention;
  • Learn how patent claims can be written, what to emphasize, and what to avoid; and
  • Learn about one possible approach to drafting patent claims.

The patent office will discuss the parts of the claim and will include claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents. The presentation will be particularly helpful for those inventors considering filing a patent application and for those who are currently prosecuting their patent application.

For assistance, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov. Learn more, including how to attend, at the patent office event page, which can be accessed here.

New patent issued after appeal brief filed

I would like to congratulate my client Michael Hagen of Tolland, CT for receiving a patent on his Vehicle Gutter Spout Cover. This was a hard patent to get to issue!

This invention is generally a cover that goes over the spout of a gutter on an RV. The gutter spout cover protects an RV cover from being damaged by the gutter spout, when the RV is being stored away. The patent office kept on rejecting this patent application until I was forced to file an appeal brief in order to finally get the USPTO to allow the patent application to issue. The patent can be found here.

Milford, CT Patent Attorney teaching class on patents, trademarks and copyrights, March 1 and March 8, 2018

Milford, CT Patent Attorney will be teaching an adult education class on patents, trademarks and copyrights, on March 1 and March 8, 2018. Michael A. Blake, registered patent attorney will be the instructor. This class is geared for individual inventors and small businesses. An overview of the U.S. patent system, trademarks, and copyrights will be presented. Topic details also include the patent process, preparation, prosecution, and issuance. Learn about how to protect your invention. The class will be at Law High School. See this link for more details. Fill out the registration form at the back of the Adult Education catalog to sign up for the class.