Featured Idaho Patent: Systems and Methods for Performing Wireless Financial Transactions

U.S. Patent Number 8,214,298 – Systems and Methods for Performing Wireless Financial Transactions 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: Steven Harvey McCown… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Systems and Methods for Performing Wireless Financial Transactions

Featured Idaho Patent: Strap Winder

U.S. Patent Number 8,205,818 – Strap Winder 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: Joseph Paul Gonzales (Chubbuck, ID), Donna L. Gonzales (Chubbuck,… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Strap Winder

Featured Idaho Patent: Vector-Specific Haptic Feedback

U.S. Patent Number 8,203,531 – Vector-Specific Haptic Feedback Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes new granted patents. I thought some of you would like to read about Idaho-related patents–that is, patents having at least one Idaho inventor or assigned to an Idaho company. I’m going to do a weekly series of… Continue reading Featured Idaho Patent: Vector-Specific Haptic Feedback

Are You Intellectual Property-Aware?

Many small and medium business owners don’t know the difference between trademark and copyright, patent and trademark, or design patent and trademark–much less which of these types of IP they actually own. As a result, many business owners miss out on the competitive advantages that come hand-in-hand with their IP rights. They miss out on… Continue reading Are You Intellectual Property-Aware?

Published Patent Application Provisional Rights

Last week, I blogged about how the US Patent and Trademark Office publishes pending patent applications under certain conditions. I would like now to build on that topic and discuss one potentially significant advantage for a patent applicant from having her application published. Title 35, Section 154(d) of the U.S. Code provides that a patent… Continue reading Published Patent Application Provisional Rights

The Rise of the Tinkerer Class

I read this interesting article about how the Internet has made it easier for inventors to successfully create and market their products. It mentions resources such as message boards and video sites that teach would-be inventors how to design and create, 3-D printers that make it possible to produce prototypes, and crowdfunding and social media… Continue reading The Rise of the Tinkerer Class

Publication of Patent Applications

Title 35, Section 122 of the U.S. Code mandates that every patent application be published “promptly” after 18 months have passed after the filing date (if the application is still pending at that time–that is, it hasn’t issued as a patent nor been abandoned). The publication of pending patent applications in the U.S. is a… Continue reading Publication of Patent Applications

How Many Patents Are Currently Alive?

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed patent maintenance fees and patent term adjustment, both of which may affect how long a patent may remain in force after issuance. In my experience, people seem to forget that not every patent survives up to its life expentancy due the failure of the patent holder to pay maintenance… Continue reading How Many Patents Are Currently Alive?

Patents Can Cover Non Earth-Shattering Inventions, Too

I recently read this blog post about a couple of patent applications that are owned by Apple that were recently published. The post discusses what the patent applications cover: one discloses a new process for manufacturing earbuds and headphones that result in a smoother outer layer–multiple parts can be seamlessly bonded together using this new… Continue reading Patents Can Cover Non Earth-Shattering Inventions, Too

The Historical Idaho Patents Database

The University of Idaho Law School has a neat website called the Historical Idaho Patents Database that I’ve explored on a few occasions. It is a user-friendly way to search patents that were granted to Idaho residents. According to the website, the database only covers patents granted during the years 1866-1908 and 1928, but it… Continue reading The Historical Idaho Patents Database