The USPTO will offer training to members of the public as part of the Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) program. vILT is designed to allow stakeholders in the USPTO to be briefed on a variety of focused topics related to examination practice and procedure derived from recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The interactive online format of vILT allows participants to remotely attend the training without the need to travel to USPTO locations.
Registration is opened from December 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019 for the next vILT webinar titled “Legal Analysis Writing Workshop” scheduled for February 12 and 13, 2019 at 1pm ET. This course if for patent attorneys and patent agents. This course is first come first serve, has a limited capacity, and selection is required to attend. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course. All vILT events are free to attend. The sign up form can be found here.
Sign up to attend the March 5 – 7, 2019, Attorney/Agent 3-day course on examination practice and procedure at the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver. CLE credit in Colorado is approved for this course. This training makes use of statutes, rules, and guidelines relevant to practicing before the USPTO. Attendance is limited those who have passed the patent bar, with priority given to those who passed recently. USPTO trainers will present the course based on material developed for training patent examiners and other employees. More information and a proposed upcoming course schedule is available on the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) page of the USPTO website, and can be seen here.
I attended the IACT Holiday Party that was presented in association with the Connecticut Technology Council yesterday. The party was at Brewport in Bridgeport, CT, a great venue. Pizza, salad, and adult drinks were supplied! I met with the president of IACT, other IACT members. Looking forward to the party next year!
Toy inventors and designers are invited to apply to The Toy Association’s inaugural “CF@TF Inventor Day,” an opportunity for select individuals with toy and game inventions to pitch to influential toy and youth entertainment professionals and manufacturing partners during Toy Fair New York. CF@TF Inventor Day is being held on Friday, February 15, the day before Toy Fair opens, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
All toy inventors and designers attending Toy Fair are eligible to participate. In addition to filling out the online submission form, applicants are required to send in a 90-second video to support their written application. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 17, 2018.
“Inventors and designers are the lifeblood of the toy industry since it is their creation of unique playthings that will inspire the next generation of children,” said Marian Bossard, executive vice president of global market events at The Toy Association. “We encourage inventors to take advantage of this program and look forward to providing a pipeline of innovation for the industry and for play innovators.”
More information and sign ups can be found here.
The Inventors Spotlight area at the PGA Merchandise Show provides a unique platform where inventors can introduce their golf inventions to industry influencers and product development experts. Independent Inventors are consolidated into a single high traffic area, making it easy for companies and execs to find their fresh products for sale or license.
Who Should Exhibit? Inventors with product in these categories: Golf training or teaching aids; Golf apparel or accessories; Golf equipment; and Golf products.
When & Where
The PGA Merchandise Show takes place: January 23-25, 2019; Orlando, Florida; Orange County Convention Center.
More information and sign-up information can be found here.
The Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT), along with the Crossroads Venture Group, and the Connecticut Technology Council are sponsoring this years Holiday Party at Brewport in Bridgeport on December 13, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. IACT members can attend for free, as long as they pre-register. Party information can be found at the Connecticut Technology Council’s website, or here. More information on Crossroads Venture Group can be found here. Information on IACT can be found here. Hope to see you all there!
I would like to congratulate my UCONN Law IP Clinic client, Rosse Gates, of East Hampton, CT, for obtaining a patent on his picture mounting system, apparatus, and method. I worked with Mr. Gates, when he first came to the IP Clinic with his invention. I supervised UCONN Law student Gregory Wuennenberg during the preparation and filing of the patent applications for Mr. Gates. The patent can be seen here.
I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) meeting tonight. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield University Library, room 101, located in Fairfield, CT, at 7 pm.
The topic will be: “Panel of Angel Investors”, a question and answers presentation of Real Angel Investors. This is a good opportunity for inventors to network with the investors and find out what they are looking for. More information can be found here.
My client Kathleen Von Duntz of Watertown, CT was recently issued a patent on her invention for a Holiday telephone apparatus, system and method. Her patent can be found here.
Registration is now open for the Feb. 5 – 7, 2019 USPTO Inventor 3-Day Course on Examination Practice and Procedure. The course is offered to members of the public as part of their Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program. The event will be held at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The cost is FREE!
If you are interested in attending, please use the USPTO’s sign-up form.
This course is limited to current and future inventors. It is not intended for those interested in representing applicants before the USPTO. As a prerequisite, those accepted will be required to review several computer-based training (CBT) modules prior to the course dates.
More information, and a proposed upcoming course schedule, is available on the STEPP page of the USPTO website.