Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently announced a new pilot program it is sponsoring with the National Science Foundation. Through this pilot program, the USPTO provides educational services and its IP Awareness Assessment tool. The pilot program will “provide additional services” in the future. The pilot program is available to awardees of the Small… Continue reading Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

Fourth Quarter FY 2011 Trademark Data

The USPTO’s Trademark Dashboard for Quarter Four of the 2011 fiscal year (ending September 30, 2011) is up. Similar to the Patent Dashboard, the Trademark Dashboard displays the vital statistics of the trademark examination side of the USPTO, such as pendency, number of applications processed, and quality scores. The USPTO does not have the backlog… Continue reading Fourth Quarter FY 2011 Trademark Data

Inventors Symposium

The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are co-sponsoring a symposium targeted at independent inventors and small business entrepreneurs next week on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. If you are the target audience and will be near Washington, D.C., you may be interested in attending. The symposium… Continue reading Inventors Symposium

Accelerated Examination for Green Technology Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Green Technology Pilot Program allows patent applicants to petition for accelerated examination if their patent application deals with “environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy, or greenhouse gas emission reduction.” The USPTO recently announced that under this pilot program, it has now allowed 500 patents. According to the… Continue reading Accelerated Examination for Green Technology Patents

Organizations for Inventors

The USPTO publishes a newsletter geared toward independent inventors called the Inventors Eye. The most recent edition includes a list of organizations for inventors by state. If you are interested in meeting inventors near you, check it out! You can also subscribe to the Inventors Eye by following the foregoing links.