Michael M. Morris

USPTO Increasing Patent Fees for 2018

November 16, 2017

The USPTO has issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017″ to set or adjust certain patent fees. Notably, the rule increases a large number of fees including filing fees, search fees, examination fees, and issue fees as well as fees for RCEs, PGRs, IPRs, Appeals, and Petitions. These fee increases will take effect on January 16, 2018.
For the full list of the patent fees that are changing and more information on fee setting and adjusting at the USPTO, please visit https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/performance-and-planning/fee-setting-and-adjusting.


Dept. of Commerce Blog: Celebrating Women of Innovation

March 22, 2017

Women inventors and scientists have made lasting contributions to our nation’s history, but why is it that many people are unable to name one female inventor, but can easily recall male inventors such as Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein?

Take one woman inventor for example. Actress Hedy Lamarr was best known for her work in Hollywood during MGM’s Golden Age, starring in such films as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), White Cargo (1942), and Samson and Delilah (1949). But Lamarr also worked with Hollywood composer George Antheil to invent and patent a frequency hopping technique that today is referenced as an important development in the field of wireless communications. Lamarr and Antheil’s frequency hopping reduced the risk of detection or jamming of radio-controlled torpedoes.

Commemorating Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme of “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) long-time private sector partner, has developed an impressive display featuring women inventors in the atrium of the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The colorful pictorial exhibit highlights the accomplishments of ten innovative women for their breakthrough contributions and inspiration, empowering current and future generations of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In addition to inventors such as Hedy Lamar, the exhibit showcases women innovators of all ages, from Made by Girls Scholar Landri Drude, who participated in Camp Invention, to Elizabeth Beatie, who was a finalist in the Collegiate Inventors Competition. These women are vital role models and contributors to the fabric of American innovation and technology.

Read More on the Department of Commerce blog


Inventor Info Chat Webinar

March 15, 2017

Join the USPTO Office of Innovation Development (OID) on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET for our Inventor Info Chat webinar, “How to Search and Why You Want To.
Performing a search can help prevent a person from submitting an application with an invention that is already described in existing patents.

This presentation will cover such topics as:
• Prior art – what it is and why search for it
• Tools and resources available for searching
• Text and classification search strategies
• Understanding the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system and how to use it

Participation Link will be provided 24 hours before the program.
Register in advance to attend. For assistance, please contact oidevents@uspto.gov.


Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

March 10, 2017

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country’s highest award for technological achievement.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Detailed information about the requirements for submission of a nomination as well as a nomination form is available at NMTI Nominations. All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by midnight (ET), April 7, 2017.

For more information about the process, please contact: nmti@uspto.gov.


Learn about Patents and Trademarks March 23 in Indianapolis

March 7, 2017

On March 23, 2017, there will be a free program at the Indianapolis Public Library (Central Library) on the Gender Gap in Patents followed by an educational training session to learn the basics about patents and the trademarks and what resources are available for you. Staff from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be available to help answer your questions about your ideas and protecting your intellectual property.

You may register for the program here.

  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM — Registration
  • 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM — Keynote on Gender Gap in Patenting
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM —Winning Strategies: IP Overview: How to Get Started: A Focus on Patents
  • 3:00 PM – 3:05 PM —Break
  • 3:05 PM – 3:55 PM —A Focus on Customer Service—USPTO Programs and Web Resources
  • 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM —Trademark and Branding Strategies
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM —Limited One on One Sessions

  • The Story of the Coca-Cola Bottle

    November 16, 2015

    Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the design patent covering the classic Coca-Cola bottle. Developed in Terre Haute, Indiana, by the Root Glass Company, the classic Coca-Cola bottle was developed to provide a distinctive package for the popular drink. Versions of the original bottle are still available to this day and continue to provide a way to identify the popular Coca-Cola brand. For more information on this piece of intellectual property history, visit: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/the-story-of-the-coca-cola-bottle/

    Coca Cola Bottle


    The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) Pilot Have Been Extended

    October 6, 2015

    The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) pilot have been extended to September 30, 2016. AFCP 2.0 authorizes additional time for examiners to search and/or consider responses after final rejection. The QPIDS pilot program eliminates the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner.

    More information on these and other USPTO programs can be found here.


    USPTO Announces Next Generation Trademark Manual of Identification and Classification of Goods and Services (IDM-NG)

    October 1, 2015

    The USPTO has announced the deployment of the Version 2.1 of the Next Generation Trademark Manual of Identification and Classification of Goods and Services (IDM-NG) available at tmidm.uspto.gov.

    The IDM-NG search system and results display have been updated to include the following features:

    • Selection of “Advanced Search” modes, including “Exact,” “Prefix,” “Proximity,” “Suffix,” and “Classic” mode in which users can enter the same search syntax used in the legacy ID Manual BRS search system;

    • Printing of results table – use the printer icon on the top left of results page to generate a copy of ID Manual Search Results with search terms, date, Nice Classification Version and the URL;

    • Search engine returns similar results to search term based on algorithm and alternate results when search term is not found;

    • Updated “Searching the ID Manual” and “Guidance for Users” help files located under the white “i” information icon.


    Michael Morris Selected for Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series

    July 23, 2015

    Woodard, Emhardt associate Michael Morris was selected for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, Class XIII.  The Bar Leader Series is designed to develop lawyers for future opportunities in leadership roles in business and legal communities.  Through the series, selected lawyers will learn how to communicate, motivate, inspire, and succeed not only in their law careers, but also in service to professional, political, judicial, civic, and community organizations.

     


    Mike Morris Helps Announce New Scholarship Opportunity for Rose-Hulman Graduates Seeking a Law Degree

    March 26, 2014

    Associate Mike Morris helped announce a new scholarship opportunity for engineering students interested in pursuing careers in intellectual property. The new scholarship is available to Rose-Hulman graduates admitted to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and will reduce the cost of law school tuition over three years by approximately $45,000 to $75,000, depending on the student’s residency and other factors. Mike, a Rose-Hulman and Maurer alumnus, remains active in both organizations by, among other things, meeting with engineering students interested in pursuing a career in law and serving as a coach for the Maurer School of Law’s intellectual property moot court teams. More information on the scholarship can be found here.

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