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Commercializing your Invention a big success!

Last Thursday I a gave a talk on Commercializing your Invention through the Milford Adult Education program.  We had a full class with lots of questions asked an answered by local inventors and business-people.  In the Spring of 2019 I will be teaching a 2-night course on Patents, Trademark, and Copyrights for Inventors and Businesses.  Be on the lookout for announcements!

Commercializing your Invention–register soon!

Hi all,

I am teaching a course through Milford Adult Education called Commercializing  your Invention. Topics covered: can I make money with my invention, when to monetize, investors, do I need a prototype, should I worry about infringing other patents, how to license my invention, and more!

The course will be held on October 4, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Jonathan Law High School, Room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Miford, CT.  For more information and to register, go hereUse course number:  GF045.

USPTO’s September Inventor Info Chat

The next USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar is Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon ET on “Responding to Pre-Examination Notices.”

Learn tips for more effectively responding to Notices of Missing Parts and Notices of Incomplete Application. Questions may be sent to: inventorinfochat@uspto.gov. One of the USPTO’s patent application processing specialists will answer them during the event.

For more information, including how to register, please visit this link.

Request for Anti-counterfeiting Videos!

According to the USPTO, counterfeit products hurt American businesses and consumers. The USPTO is requesting that people help the USPTO combat fakes and educate consumers by creating a 30- to 60-second video showing the harmful effects of counterfeit products and the need to stop them at home and abroad. The deadline to submit is October 31, 2018.  More information can be found here.

Course being offered: Commercializing your Invention

Are you an inventor, do you have an inventor in the family? I will be teaching a one evening course on how to commercialize your inventions.  Topics covered: can I make money with my invention, when to monetize, investors, do I need a prototype, should I worry about infringing other patents, how to license my invention, and more! The course will be held at Law High School, Room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT, 06460 on October 4, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please contact Milford Adult Education at https://www.milforded.org/academics/adult-education or (203) 783-3461 to sign up.  The cost is $30.

I attended the 2018 National Association of Patent Practitioners Conference at the USPTO

I am happy to report that I just returned from the 2018 National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) conference in Alexandria, VA at the Patent Office.  The conference was 3 days long, and included learning about topics such as current issues in Intellectual Property; Overview of Information Management Tools and “Gadgets” on USPTO Website; The Key to Identifying the Broad Inventive Concept; provisional patent application practice, international patent applications and utility models, and much more.  This conference helps me stay current on patent law and practice.  The program can be found here.

 

New Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) Available

The June 2018 update of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board webpage. The revision describes current practice and procedure under the applicable authority and relevant case law reported between March 3, 2017, and March 2, 2018.  More information is available here.

Improving Access to Global Patent Data — Patent Quality Chat

The USPTO is hosting a Patent Quality Chat webinar on July 10, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.  The Chat will be about “Improving Access to Global Patent Data.”

Imagine free access to patent application information from patent offices around the world through one single, secure portal. Global Dossier, a concept delivered by the IP5 Offices (USPTO, EPO, JPO, KIPO, and SIPO), provides such access and more. Attend this webinar to learn about all the Global Dossier services, especially the Citation List for robust prior art searching, and to discuss potential new functionalities for Global Dossier in the future.

This webinar is designed for all those involved in patent prosecution and prior art searching.

No registration needed to attend. More information, including how to attend, is available here.

 

Invention-Con 2018 hosted by US Patent Office

Registration is now open for Invention-Con 2018, a free two-day conference that will be held at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 17-18 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET each day. This year’s theme is “From Concept to Commercialization.”

You’ll hear from successful entrepreneurs and inventors about bringing ideas to market. You’ll also get practical advice on:

  • Navigating intellectual property protection processes.
  • Strategies to protect your innovations with patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

If you are an inventor or business owner, make sure to register early for Invention-Con 2018; space is limited. For more information, go here.

USPTO presenting an Inventor Info Chat Webinar on Application Data Sheets

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on June 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. – noon ET, with an additional discussion of the Application Data Sheet (ADS). The chat will focus on answering questions presented in the April program, “Understanding the ADS:  Little Things Make a Big Difference,” and will provide the opportunity for additional questions to be asked.  More information can be found here.