Author: Reid Creager

Affording a Patent Attorney Isn’t Hopeless

USPTO, legal practitioners work to provide pro bono help There is help for inventors and innovators who lack the resources to retain a qualified patent attorney. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has this resource link for pro bono attorneys: www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-bono/inventors. The USPTO emphasizes that among other qualifications, you must have an invention, not just an idea. Section 32 of the 2011 America Invents Act stipulated that IP organizations throughout the United States work with the USPTO to form pro bono programs. The pilot program, the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, launched in Minnesota almost immediately; the first patents...

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Nominate a Patent Holder for the 2019 Inventors Hall of Fame

Thomas Edison. Walt Disney. George Washington Carver. These are just a few of the historical inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Now you can be a part of the process that honors those who make an enduring impact on invention and innovation. The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is accepting nominations for its 2019 Class of Inductees. Anyone can nominate a potential inductee. Ideal candidates represent stories of perseverance and passion that will inspire the next generation of American innovators. Nominees must hold a U.S. patent for...

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Fidget Spinners Are Really Nothing New

Sensation derives from similar toys dating back centuries; media myths abound The fidget spinner is basically a handheld top deriving from ancient traditional tops that were spun on a flat surface. Some tops were found in the tombs of King Tut. By some media accounts, fidget spinners surpassed a half-billion dollars in sales during April and May of this year as they became perhaps the hottest trend ever in the toy industry. Notice we didn’t say “the hottest new trend.” The palm-size device—consisting of a top connected to a ball bearing with rounded blades that can rapidly spin when...

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Teens’ Invention is a Blast

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are all about fun—and lots of hard work Sisters Isabel and Caroline Bercaw run track in the spring at Edina High School in Minnesota. Although they approach this with their usual 100 percent effort, track season pales by comparison to the amount of fast-paced activity they have come to know in their daily lives. Not that they’re complaining. Their lives have become increasingly busy since 2012, when their idea to make unique bath bombs for a local art fair unleashed a shower of response that hasn’t turned off. Now their Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are...

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