The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is closed to the public until further notice. However, USPTO operations will continue without interruption. Also, patent and trademark deadlines are NOT extended. I am still doing work for my clients, and taking on new matters for new clients, and existing clients.
For more information about COVID 19 and the USPTO please go here.
Dr. Mark Maybury, the CTO of Stanley Black & Decker will be speaking at the next IACT meeting at 1 pm on February 18, 2020 at the Dolan School Events Hall at Fairfield University. Dr. Maybury is Stanley Black & Decker’s first Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Dr. Maybury manages a team across the company’s businesses and functions and advises on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provides access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem. Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion diversified industrial with over sixty thousand employees that manufacture one half million products in over one hundred facilities in sixty countries around the world. A core aspect of Stanley Black & Decker’s 176-year journey is a legacy of industrial excellence founded on socially responsible innovation. Increasingly these products leverage artificial intelligence, for example, to anticipate falls from gait analysis, perform audio event understanding to enhance security, or to provide intelligent health care companionship to enable aging in place. Equally important is the deployment of artificial intelligence to enhance the effectiveness of supply chains and the manufacturing and distribution of these world first products. This presentation will focus on the opportunities and challenges of deploying artificial intelligence at scale at Stanley Black & Decker for those who make the world.
I plan on attending and hope to see you there! More information can be found here.
I would like to congratulate my clients, and inventors, John Upperman of Zion Grove, PA, and Ralph Greenberg of Sebastopol, CA on obtaining an issued patent for their invention for a “System and method for liquid air energy storage”. You can read the patent here.
I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) Holiday Party this Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 at Fairfield Craft Ales, located in Stratford. It will be great fun seeing local inventors at this festive time of the year. The party is for members of IACT, if you are interested, please join IACT. More information on joining IACT can be found here .
Tomorrow I will be attending the Holiday Lunch hosted by the New Haven Chapter of Score at Brazi’s Italian Restaurant in New Haven.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.
Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.
I donate my time to Score helping individuals with your inventions and trademarks, and other legal questions.
For more information about the New Haven Chapter of Score, go here.
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 will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting tomorrow night, November 26, 2019 at Fairfield University. Game and Toy inventor Mary Ellroy will be presenting on “Licencing Your Game and Toy Inventions”. Mary will talk about investigating the successful ideation and go-to-market strategy that she used. of a serial inventor and former IACT President, Mary Ellroy. Mary Ellroy has been in the toy business since 1990, and is an inventor of toys and games and an agent for toy and game inventors. She comes to toy invention with a corporate marketing background. She received an MBA from the Boston College School of Management (now the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.) Past positions included a Director position at a Fortune 50 company, a vice presidency/ownership position in a newspaper advertising firm, and various advertising and media positions. Her creative accomplishments in consumer marketing inspired her to turn that creativity to toys and games. More information on the meeting can be found here.
I would like to congratulate my University of Connecticut IP Clinic clients on receiving their patent on a “System and method for issuing, authenticating, storing, retrieving, and verifying documents”. Eli and Liwen Yaacoby were the inventors and their company Wymsical, Inc. of Greenwich, CT, is the owner of the patent. The patent can be seen here. These type of patents can be very difficult to get, since they deal with business methods after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208 (2014).
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.
A patent was issued for a method of cooking bacon, where the cooked bacon was sold to consumers. Plaintiffs sued defendant infringer for patent infringement. Defendants counterclaimed that the patent was indefinite. The claims language that was indefinite was in the preamble to claims 1 and 3 which recites “[a] process … to produce a pre-cooked sliced bacon product resembling a pan-fried bacon product.” (as distinguished from microwaved bacon) The issued patent did not define or identify specific criteria for measuring or determining the texture, mouth feel, bite, appearance, or color of pan-fried bacon. The district therefore ruled that the bacon patent is invalidated due to indefiniteness.
Two interesting points, first, the method of cooking bacon would have been patentable, if the patent specification defined or identified specific criteria for measuring or determining the texture, mouth feel, bite, appearance, or color of pan-fried bacon. Second, the preamble to the claims, were considered limiting on the rest of the claim. Many attorneys have been taught that preambles are not limiting. The case is HIP Inc. v. Hormel Foods Corporation et al., case number 1:18-cv-00615 (D. Del.), and can be found here.