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Local Featured Business: The Common Stone Pottery – A Place to Accomplish the Extraordinary

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher famously quoted, “It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.”  She is right.  Too many people focus their energy nowadays on their self image instead of what they can do.  But that concept is changing back.  There are a few people […]

Reviving A Patent That Was Abandoned For Failure To Pay Maintenance Fees

By: Mark R. Malek You may recall that my last article was directed to the requirement to pay maintenance fees in order to keep your patent alive.  As was discussed in that article, maintenance fees must be paid at 3.5 years, 7.5 years and 11.5 years after the patent has issued. When someone has not paid […]

Do You Know the History of Melbourne?

As many of you already know, we are located in the beautiful city of Melbourne Florida.  We figures it would be fun to do an article on the history of our great coastal Florida town. Please enjoy. The city of Melbourne, while a fairly young city, is robust with history.  Did you know this town was founded by three […]

Joint Authorship or Contractor for Hire

  So many people are turning to the internet to start or help maximize their business potential. Many times the proprietors need content and have to get the help of others to write this content. This can create a problem if it is not spelled out in the beginning what the role of the content […]

What is Fair and What is Not When it Comes to Debt Collecting?

  You’ve been getting those annoying phone calls from the people you owe money too. You don’t have the money. You’re out of work or you took a pay cut. If you had it, you’d pay it. Now you have to listen to these people threaten you? Are they allowed to do this? Well, yes […]

Patent attorney Malek sees system overhaul boost to entrepreneurs

By Ken Datzman, Brevard Business News 05/28/2012

 

There are few government entities like the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Beyond Wall Street, it is the rooted center of the universe of American capitalism. The office receives patent applications from entrepreneurs and businesses at the rate of more than 450,000 a year, with the majority filed electronically.

Some 6,000 examiners, generally scientists and engineers, review the applications, of which more than 150,000 a year are approved for patents.

As far as who can file to protect their invention, the patient office specifies only that the subject must be “useful.” The USPTO has granted more than 8 million patents since 1790.

These patented inventions help power the economy, in a big, sweeping way. Intellectual–property–intensive industries today support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more that $5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report

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