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Government “Shut-Down” News

According to acting Director of the USPTO, Teresa Rea, there is sufficient carryover funding to continue operations of the patent and trademark activities for at least a short time, in case the House of Representative and Senate are unable to agree on a Continuing Resolution by Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The carryover amounts to about Read More »

USPTO Patent Application Initiatives

The USPTO has placed an Initiatives Timeline on its web site as graphic guidance to display how various initiatives affect patent applications during each phase of the application process, at this web address : http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/patapp-initiatives-timeline.jsp I have had some good results from use of the After Final Consideration Pilot or AFCP 2.0.  Perhaps readers can Read More »

Help prevent preventable deaths

I recently participated in a seminar on  “Recognizing and Responding to Warning Signs of Suicide Risk in Clients and Colleagues” and felt what I learned was worth passing along: It always seems like a surprise and shock when a friend, colleague, or family member takes his or her own life, but there are warning signs Read More »

New York State – Third in Nation in Patents

New York state is third in the nation for residents obtaining patents, as of Fiscal Year 2012.  California is at the top of the list, with as many patents issued to its residents as the next five states combined.  Here are the top twelve states, and number of patents for residents of each: CA    33,866 Read More »

Patented Improvements in Perpetual Motion

The “magical” lifting power of buoyancy seems to have charmed and entranced both inventors and patent examiners confronted with physically impossible energy-creating machines. A surprising number of “buoyancy and gravity prime movers” have found their way into patents officially granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apparently, buoyancy’s magic has charmed more than one Read More »