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 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.

How AI works, how to put it to work, and why it won’t take over the world

The inventors association of Connecticut (IACT) will be hosting a talk on “How AI works, how to put it to work, and why it won’t take over the world” by Steve Shwartz.

AI has had tremendous recent success: speech recognition, machine translation, face recognition, driverless cars and much more to come. A recent MIT study showed that 85% of CEOs believe that AI is critical for competitive advantage. This talk will explain at a very high level how AI works, how organizations and inventors can make use of the technology, and why fears of AI taking over the world are unfounded.

The IACT meeting will be held at the Fairfield University Library Room 101, at 7:00PM Tuesday, on May. 29, 2018.  More information can be found here.

The USPTO is hosting an Inventor Chat on May 17, 2018

Join the USPTO on May 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to noon ET for their Inventor Info Chat webinar “Prior art and its use in determining patentability.”

This presentation is for inventors who want to understand what examiners at the USPTO consider to be prior art and how prior art is used in official correspondence to applicants.

More information, including how to attend, is available on the USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat event page on the USPTO website, which can be found here.