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Andrei Iancu Confirmed as Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

Andrei Iancu has been confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Iancu was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94-0.

The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

New Oncology Medications are on the Rise with New Patents

When it comes to oncology, the medications that are used are vast. With many of them still being tested, developed and implemented; these medications may prove to provide a decline in the cancer that is seen. However, many of the medications that have previously been brought up have been denied a patent to actually be […]

Patent Office Updates

Some pretty important changes have come across the news wires lately regarding the US Patent Office.  In order to keep our readers up to date, we thought we’d share some of the highlights: The US Patent Office has announced a new Commissioner for Trademarks.  Mary Dennison  assumed her new position on January 1, 2015.  In […]

What Needs to be Included in a Patent Application?

So you’ve decided to file a patent. That’s a big step and that means you’re ready to show the world what you’ve created and hopefully make some big money. You’ve made great strides in getting to this point and now it’s time to file your patent application. Yes, it may seem daunting and overwhelming, but […]

Patents – Get the Facts Right Part 2

You’ve ventured into this world of patents for one reason or another. Although it’s exciting it can be equally frightening. There are many myths being tossed about and you’re not sure you have all of the right answers. Well here is some guidance to help you sort through the truths and the myths of patents. […]

The Feds Win!

The Voice of America was created in 1942.  It became famous during World War II when radio emcees would broadcast news, songs, updates and even propaganda to US and Allied citizens, and also to listeners in “enemy territory” who could pick up the broadcast signal.  By the end of World War II, they provided content […]

Hints and tricks to help you register your first trademark

You’ve got a great idea on a new product or service and you know exactly what you want to name it.  Because you’re sure this will be your name, you might think that one of the first things you do is to register the trademark. But in reality, rushing to be first might not always […]

What Documents are Needed When Filing an Application for a Patent

Magazines, books, comics, clothing, and a ton of other products have specialized trademarks on them. These trademarks are used to acknowledge the source of the products. For written works, art, and anything in the artistic spectrum, copyright laws apply. Patents are different from trademarks or copyright because they deal solely with an invention of some […]

ALS Group Tries to Register ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Trademark

If you have been socially active for the past couple of weeks, then you would’ve probably heard of the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ making its rounds in all types of social media. The association for people with degenerative neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association otherwise known as ALS has applied to register ALS Ice Bucket Challenge […]

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