Patent Office Exhibit Honors Steve Jobs

In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will showcase The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World.  The free exhibit will open to the public on November 16 at the USPTO’s campus in Alexandria, Virginia. “This exhibit commemorates the […]

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New Inventions from Inventors

Every month, Inventors Digest features new inventions from independent inventors in our Under the Radar section. Get your invention in the magazine; email info@inventorsdigest.com. Put “Radar” in the subject. Homemade Game Guru Last summer global temperatures hit record highs. In response, game inventor and YouTube impresario Luanga ‘Lue’ Nuwame built what’s believed to be the […]

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Patent Office to Hire More Veterans

The United States Patent and Trademark Office  is launching an intensive recruitment effort to increase veteran hiring in its patent examiner corps.  The program will feature broad outreach and support to attract veterans interested in pursuing careers in patent examination. “The USPTO is strongly committed to hiring veterans and their family members into our workforce […]

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Don’t Let Your Invention Die of Old Age

By Jack Lander If you intend to license your invention rather than produce and market it yourself, you’ll need to submit your invention to a company at some point. For most inventors this process is daunting and discouraging. The process of submission and getting a conclusive response is often slow. More often than not the […]

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Womentorz – Helping Hand for Inventors

By Jennipher Adkins Womentorz is a website where struggling inventors, product critics, businesswomen, writers and public speakers converge to mentor women with products for success. Membership to the online community is free. The only catch – it’s a women-only network. “Keeping the site gender-specific is actually an excellent marketing and growth tool for the entire […]

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How Sandra Kopecky Got Her Groove Back

The Driven Divorcée Sandra Kopecky was a computer programmer for years, but bowed out of the profession to raise her two children. “In 2010,” says Kopecky, “I was handed a divorce.” Approaching her 40s and a few years removed from the workforce, prospective employers told her she was under-qualified. In the fall of last year […]

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What’s the Hold-Up with E-Filing?

Ask the Commish   Q. Why does it take just as long to get a first office action when you file for a patent electronically as it does when you file the old fashioned paper way? It seems electronic filing would speed up the process. A: Once cases have been assigned to an examiner, they […]

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7 Ways to Make Open Innovation Work

By Daniela Baker If your company isn’t innovating, it’s slipping behind the competition. With the Internet and the increasing flow of ideas and information, internal R&D departments alone aren’t always the answer. More than ever, business owners are embracing open innovation to stay ahead. Rebuild your corporate culture around open innovation Open innovation is more […]

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Knowledge Is Power

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Before you start calling 800 numbers and responding to TV, radio, print or web ads for invention submission services, follow these tips: Know how long the company has been in business Know who the officers of the company are and their backgrounds Know to check on the company through your state’s attorney general’s office to […]

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Bob Stoll to Retire from USPTO

Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Robert L. Stoll has announced his intention to retire from the agency effective December 31, 2011.  Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced that he will nominate current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” […]

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