Micro-Entity Status Loophole

Several months ago, I blogged about reduced micro-entity fees, which will soon be available for qualifying patent applicants. As discussed in this blog post, the micro-entity provisions may have a loophole to let anybody qualify for the 75% fee reduction, just by providing a license to a qualifying institution of higher education. According to that… Continue reading Micro-Entity Status Loophole

Featured Idaho Patent: Differential action railroad car axle assembly

U.S. Patent Number 8,246,096 – Differential action railroad car axle assembly Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes newly granted patents. This blog post is part of a weekly series in which I pick an interesting new patent that has Idaho connections and briefly describe it. Inventors: Thomas W. Blasingame (Boise, ID),… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Differential action railroad car axle assembly

Will Trademark Fees Be Lower in the Future?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an invitation for comments regarding the possibility of lower trademark application fees. According to the notice published in the Federal Register, the lower fees would be only for applications filed electronically. The purpose of the lower fees is to incentivize applicants to use the electronic filing system… Continue reading Will Trademark Fees Be Lower in the Future?

Featured Idaho Patent: Portable apparatus for cleaning air filters

U.S. Patent Number 8,236,076 – Portable apparatus for cleaning air filters Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes newly granted patents. This blog post is part of a weekly series in which I pick an interesting new patent that has Idaho connections and briefly describe it. Inventor: Dennis Grieve (Tendoy, ID) This… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Portable apparatus for cleaning air filters

Featured Idaho Patent: Armor systems including coated core materials

U.S. Patent Number 8,231,963 – Armor systems including coated core materials Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes newly granted patents. This blog post is part of a weekly series in which I pick an interesting new patent that has Idaho connections and briefly describe it. Inventors: Henry S. Chu (Idaho Falls,… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Armor systems including coated core materials