USPTO implements new deadlines to respond to office actions for applications and registrations

Beginning on December 3, 2022, instead of the current six months, trademark applicants will have three months (with a possible three-month extension) to respond to an office action issued during the examination of a trademark application at the United States…

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Free, Online 2022 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Are you a current or aspiring inventor or entrepreneur? Would you like to learn from successful innovators and subject matter experts about keys to success and how to use your creativity to reach your full potential? If so, be sure…

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USPTO launches new Patent Public Search Tool and Webpage

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new Patent Public Search tool that provides more convenient, remote, and robust full-text searching of all U.S. patents and published patent applications. In the past, users could only access…

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Indiana Small Business Development Center Announces $15,000 Business Development Grant Opportunity

Applications are now open for the Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP) through Feb. 20, 2022. This exciting statewide initiative connects small businesses with critical professional assistance to complete growth and improvement projects. Through INTAP, eligible small businesses may apply to…

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Trademark Owners Beware of Fraudulent Solicitations

Entities such as Patent and Trademark Office, LLC, and Patent and Trademark Bureau, LLC give a false impression that they are the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), scamming more than 2,900 U.S. trademark registrants out of millions of…

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USPTO Updates Q&As Regarding Arthrex

The Supreme Court published its decision in United States v. Arthrex on June 21, 2021, granting the Director of the USPTO final review in decisions made by Administrative Patent Judges in proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal…

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USPTO Seeking Comment on Patent Eligibility Jurisprudence

The USPTO is seeking comment on the current state of patent eligibility jurisprudence since the Alice and Mayo decisions by the Supreme Court in 2016, and the effect that these decision and subsequent decision by the Federal Circuit have had…

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day

Monday, April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, a day to celebrate and learn about the role that intellectual property rights play to encourage and facilitate innovation and creativity.  Originally created by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000,…

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Supreme Court Finds Google’s Copying of API to be Fair Use

The Supreme Court has decided in favor of Google in a copyright case that pitted the software company against Oracle, the owner of the popular Java programming language.  When creating its Android platform for smartphones, Google copied about 11,500 of declaring…

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IP Gotchas: Protecting Software IP

Software is enormously valuable. Of the top 10 largest companies today, only Saudi Aramco and Berkshire Hathaway are not in the software business, but even they could not survive without it. The others – Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Tencent, Facebook,…

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IP Gotchas: Open Source Software

Many companies use open source software to produce goods and services, and many also actively develop software using open source libraries and modules. Open source software is commonly used for online software services, smart phone apps, downloadable executables, or embedded…

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IP Gotchas: Patenting Neural Networks

The demand for improvements in autonomous technology is accelerating. Memory and processing power has continued to grow exponentially cheaper, but the volume of data to process has exploded making it nearly impossible for traditional data analysis techniques to provide timely…

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