USPTO presents Inventor Info Chat-Webinar: Common Mistakes and Support after Filing

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on March 15, 2018 from 11am – noon ET when they provide a presentation on common mistakes and support after filing.

Presentation overview

  • Understand the requirements when filing a Utility Application
  • Overview of common mistakes found at time of filing and how to avoid them
  • Understanding the proper format of the specification and drawings and proper method to make corrections, when necessary
  • Proper completion of forms, including the Application Data Sheet and Micro Entity forms
  • Methods to access customer support services after filing an application

This session will discuss the common mistakes and will include explanations and examples of the proper format for making corrections. This presentation will assist in the understanding of the basic filing requirements and will be a helpful resource to those inventors who have received correspondence from the PTO requiring corrections to parts of the application.  Sign up information can be found here.

Patent Quality Chat – Webinar today at noon

Topic:  Subject Matter Eligibility:  Guidance & Examination Resources”.

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar continues its 2018 series in March with “Subject Matter Eligibility:  Guidance & Examination Resources”.

USPTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, Bob Bahr, will be discussing available resources issued by the Office on subject matter eligibility, with an emphasis on the latest revision of the MPEP from January.  The USPTO looks forward to hearing your feedback about the resources presented and your ideas for new ways USPTO can assist in your considerations of subject matter eligibility.  Please send your input and questions to (link sends e-mail) before and during the event.

This webinar is of interest to all those prosecuting patent applications and/or with interest in statutory compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 101.

No registration is necessary to attend.  The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of USPTO’s continuous efforts to improve patent quality.  Sign up info here

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 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.