I would like to congratulate my client Jeffrey Blake of Milford, CT for obtaining a patent on his invention for a Rotating Buffer Apparatus. The invention cures the problem of shooting different styles of rifles, including AR-15s, from a prone or lying down position. The patent can be seen here.
My clients Wilmar Valverde of Seymour, CT, Paul R. Hebert of Manchester, CT, and Kevin O’Neill of Branford, CT have received a patent on their invention for an Automatic Safety Window Apparatus and System. The invention is designed to automatically open a room window when a threshold level of gas is detected, thereby saving the life of whoever is the room, and allowing that person to escape the room. The patent can be seen here.
My client Shalom Mizrahi of Fairfield, CT has received a patent on his invention for a Flex duct adapter with quick connect flange for duct tester. This invention will make energy audits on air conditioning systems much more efficient! The patent can be seen here.
My clients John D. Upperman of Zion Grove,k PA and Ralph Greenberg of Santa Rosa, CA have received a patent on their invention for a System and Method for Liquid Energy Storage. The patent can be seen here.
I would like to congratulate my client Tim Vale of Guilford, CT for receiving a patent on his Golf Game System. The patent can be seen here.
The invention is a golf game system comprising: a golf simulator, the golf simulator comprising a plurality of virtual tee boxes adjacent to or on a virtual fairway; an outdoor shortened golf hole programmed into the golf simulator located on or near the outdoor shortened golf hole, the outdoor golf hole comprising: fairway landing area; rough landing areas; an approach area adjacent to the fairway landing area; a green adjacent to the approach area; a cup in the green; a plurality of mats located on the landing areas; where the golf simulator is configured to allow a player simulate a drive of a golf ball out of a simulated tee box onto the landing area, and the golf simulator calculates where on the landing area the ball should be placed after the drive, and the golf simulator informs the player where to place the ball on the landing area. In addition it is a golf game system that assigns a precisely matched tee locations based on golfer swing data and is not limited to a select number of predetermined tee boxes. It is also a golf system that allows a player to play the golf course with modified golf ball speed, golf ball side spin and golf swing path to better match a golfer’s skill level to the golf course being played on and/or a golfer’s playing partners.
I would like to congratulate my client Matthew Denning of Bridgewater, Connecticut for receiving a patent on his novel invention for a Charcoal grill apparatus and method. The patent can be seen here.
On April 28, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) further extended the time to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees, which otherwise would have been due between March 27 and May 31. The new deadline is June 1, 2020. This is in addition to the prior extension the USPTO had announced on March 31, 2020. Such an extension will be allowed if they are accompanied by a statement that the filing delay was due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information can be found at the USPTO website here.
The Federal Government through the Small Business Administration has several relief options for businesses, and the self employed.
The first is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities, however, 75% of the money must be used for payrool in order to get forgiveness of the loan. The following entities affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be eligible to apply for the PPP:
- Any small business concern that meets SBA’s size standards (either the industry based sized standard or the alternative size standard);
- Any business, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or Tribal business concern (sec. 31(b)(2)(C) of the Small Business Act) with the greater of:
- 500 employees, or
- that meets the SBA industry size standard if more than 500;
- Any business with a NAICS Code that begins with 72 (Accommodations and Food Services) that has more than one physical location and employs less than 500 per location; and
- Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons.
More information on the PPP can be found here.
The second is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDLEA). small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. More information on the EIDLEA can be found here.
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.