I will be attending the Entrepreneurship Foundation next event tomorrow which will be the 23rd Connecticut Business Conference and Competition. The event will be held on December 6, 2019 at Gateway College, Room N100, New Haven CT. There will be $20,000 in startup grants and $5,000 in startup services. The event will have A. BUSINESS CONCEPT ELEVATOR PITCH; B. GLOBAL STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD; C. INNOVATION CHALLENGE; and D. DESIGNER and DEVELOPER COMPETITIONS and EXHIBITIONS. More information can be found here.
I would like to congratulate my client Eirik Skeid. Mr. Skeid recently obtained a design patent for his Storage and transport container invention. Mr. Skeid is the CEO of SHARKCAGE with offices in San Antonio, TX, and Oslo, Norway. SHARKCAGE makes and sells containers for shipping equipment, such as military equipment. For more information on SHARKCAGE, go here. You can see the patent here.
I am teaching a course on “Commercializing your Invention” through Milford Adult Education. You have an invention, now what? Topics to be covered include: can I make money with this invention, when to monetize, investors, do I need a prototype, how to license my invention and more. The course will be offered on September 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Jonathan Law High School, room 101, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT. For more information go here.
Please register up ahead of time here.
I would like to congratulate my client John M. Schuld for obtaining a new patent for his “Ammunition replica bottle opener”. I was his patent attorney on this matter. The patent can be found here.
Today I made an impromptu trip to MakeHaven in New Haven. A member, John, was working there and gave me a quick tour of their 5000 sqft facility. They have all sorts of tools and machinery that members can use, such as a working kitchen, homebrew area, quilting frame and CNC quilter, GNC router, injection molder, and of course 3D printers, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a very impressive makerspace. The operations manager Kath showed up, and we had a very nice chat. More information can be found here.
Many people are unaware of this fact but the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a roster of all US patent attorneys and agents. The searchable roster can be found here. Since I am a patent attorney, my information is listed on the roster and can be found here. Only people who have passed the patent bar and background check, and graduated from an accredited law school and passed a state bar exam can be listed as a patent attorney on the USPTO roster. Patent agents need only to have passed the patent bar and background check–law school and state bar are not required for patent agents.
The USPTO roster of patent attorneys is a valuable tool for inventors to make sure the “patent attorney” or “patent agent” they are dealing with is a patent practitioner in good standing and who has achieved all the requirements necessary to be a patent practitioner. You can search the roster, name, state, city, postal code, and business or firm name.
Unfortunately, the USPTO does not have a roster of all trademark attorneys.
I would like to congratulate my client Razvan Tata of Stratford, Connecticut for receiving a patent on his Napkin Band with Dental Floss invention. The patent can be seen here.
I am happy to announce that I will be teaching another class on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for individual inventors and small businesses. An overview of the U.S. patent system, trademarks and copyright will be presented. The class also includes: the patent process, preparation, prosecution, and issuance. In this class you will learn about how to protect your inventions. The course will be held on two nights, Thursday March 7, 2019, and Thursday March 14, 2019, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT 06460, room 101. To sign up, please visit the Milford adult education website, which can be reached here.
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.