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Conference — Worldwide Patent Statistics for Forecasting Technology-Related Activities

October 19, 2011 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

The USPTO will host the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers on November 16 & 17 in Alexandria, VA. Patent data is increasingly used in sophisticated analyses, helping experts to investigate innovation, the advancement of science, and technology-related activities. Patent information is also employed by industry to do competitive analysis and to help plan R&D and [...]

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October 27 & 28 – Free Inventors Conference Presented by USPTO

October 19, 2011 by · Comments Off
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As part of a series of programs that complement the Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are sponsoring a FREE Inventors Symposium, Thursday, October 27, 2011 and Friday, October 28, 2011.  Registration is available at this link — http://events.invent.org/invsym/.  This unique [...]

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Native American Artists and Craftsman: GAO Discusses Violations and Lack of US Enforcement

Every American supposedly enjoys Constitutional rights to protect his or her creative works and inventions.  However, the recent report by the General Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that Native American artists might not have those same rights. Or maybe, to make what is obvious more palatable, I should just describe that there are “challenges” for Native [...]

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USPTO Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program: Lay-A-Way Option Available to December 7, 2011

January 2, 2011 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

Note:  this article is not intended to provide any legal advice. On December 8, 2010, the USPTO launched an “Extended Missing Parts” Pilot Program that permits applicants to delay some fees and some costs associated with patent formalities for another twelve months for original U.S. non-provisional applications that directly claim priority to a U.S. provisional [...]

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A Thin Line Between Artistry and Architecture

September 21, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Copyright Articles, law, Uncategorized 

The line between artistry and architecture is just as thin as the copyright protection given to architectural drawings according to an opinion denying summary judgment in the case of The Harvester, Inc. v. Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:09cv358 (E.D. Virginia).  The technical elements of architectural drawings can sometimes overshadow the [...]

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