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VIF Workshop on Search Techniques to Determine if Your Idea is Novel

June 3, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

Workshop on Search Techniques to Determine if Your Idea is Novel

WHEN:   Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 6:30PM to 9PM
*registration to start at 6PM

WHERE:  James City County Library
7770 Croaker Road

Williamsburg, VA 23188
Kitzinger Community Room

COST:  $5 – members,  $10 – non-members

Now for some helpful links and lagniappe information for creative minds.

Did you know that the USPTO has tutorials on Prior Art Searching?  If not, try cutting and pasting these links into your browser.

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/ptdl/CBT/

http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/search/index.jsp

Also, have your seen the attached Utility Patent Process chart?  This chart helps guide innovative minds and asks important questions like whether to seek worldwide protection or just in the United States.

http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/index.jsp

Did you know that VIF is hosting a tradeshow on Saturday, October 23, 2010 with presentations by the USPTO, US Copyright Office and innovative minds to keep all of us inspired?  Stay tuned for more details to be launched on VIF’s Facebook Fan Page.

Student Inventor Competition — Win Cash

May 17, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

CONTACT: Richard Maulsby (571) 272-8400
EMAIL:
richard.maulsby@uspto.gov

The Invent Now Collegiate Inventors Competition, now in its 19th year, is inviting inventive students to enter its 2010 competition.  Deadline to enter is June 25, 2010.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is designed to recognize and honor student innovators at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Since 1990, the Competition has honored numerous individuals and teams for their outstanding inventive contributions and innovative research.  This year, nearly $80,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning undergraduate and graduate students and advisors at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the fall.    The Competition is sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Abbott Fund.

The deadline for entering this year’s Competition is June 25, 2010.   Entries are judged on originality of the idea, process or technology, and their potential value and usefulness to society.

Collegiate Inventors Competition winners from 2009 included a team from Dartmouth who developed a device to filter arsenic from drinking water in third world nations,  Geoffrey von Maltzahn from MIT who created nanoparticles that communicate with each other to more effectively target therapy to tumors, Stephen Diebold from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who invented a tool to facilitate independence for quadriplegics, and Harris Wang from Harvard whose Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering, or MAGE, is an efficient way for faster cell programming, perhaps resulting in manufactured microorganisms.

Competition judges select 10-12 finalists who receive an all-expense paid trip to the final judging round and awards ceremony.  National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees participate in the final round of judging, and past judges have included individuals such as Don Keck, inventor of optical fiber for communications; George Smith, 2009 Nobel Prize recipient and inventor of the charge-coupled device; and James West, inventor of the electret microphone.

Entry forms and more information on the program are available at www.invent.org/collegiate.

What is Intellectual Property? It is Imagination Made Real

It is imagination made real. It is the ownership of dream, an idea, an improvement, an emotion that we can touch, see, hear, and feel. It is an asset just like your home, your car, or your bank account.  Just like other kinds of property, intellectual property needs to be protected from unauthorized use. There are four ways to protect different types of intellectual property:

  • PATENTS provide rights for up to 20 years for inventions in three broad categories:
    • Utility patents protect useful processes, machines, articles of manufacture, and compositions of matter. Some examples: fiber optics, computer hardware, medications.
    • Design patents guard the unauthorized use of new, original, and ornamental designs for articles of manufacture. The look of an athletic shoe, a bicycle helmet, the Star Wars characters are all protected by design patents.
    • Plant patents are the way we protect invented or discovered, asexually reproduced plant varieties. Hybrid tea roses, Silver Queen corn, Better Boy tomatoes are all types of plant patents.
  • TRADEMARKS protect words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services. Trademarks, unlike patents, can be renewed forever as long as they are being used in business. The roar of the MGM lion, the pink of the Owens-Corning insulation, and the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle are familiar trademarks.
  • COPYRIGHTS protect works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed. The Library of Congress registers copyrights which last the life of the author plus 70 years. Gone With The Wind (the book and the film), Beatles recordings, and video games are all works that are copyrighted.
  • TRADE SECRETS are information that companies keep secret to give them an advantage over their competitors. The formula for Coca-Cola is the most famous trade secret.
  • If you are an intellectual property owner, you should protect your rights. If you are a user, you should respect them. It is just as wrong to steal intellectual property as it is to break into a home, steal a car, or rob a bank.

Virginia Inventors Forum Application for 2010 Innovator of the Year Award

March 13, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles, Press release 

The Virginia Inventors Forum is seeking applications from independent inventors and small businesses for its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award.   The Virginia Inventors Forum (VIF) will present its 2010 Innovator of the Year Award at Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC) Tech Night on May 6, 2010.  VIF seeks to educate and support innovative businesses and inventors from conception to commercialization.  If you or someone you know is interested in being evaluated for the award, then please read the attached application, fill out, and return to lori@bfwpc.com.2010 VIF Innovation Application for Award

Please note that the judges evaluating the Virginia Inventors Forum applications are not affiliated with the Virginia Inventors Forum and seek to promote fair and ethical evaluations in considering the applications.

For more information about the Virginia Inventors Forum, please visit www.virginiainventors.org.

National Product Searches & Contests

December 21, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

These Product Searches and Contests are sponsored by UIA-Certified Members.

BKFK
JAKKS Pacific & Toys “R” Us are looking for their next big inventor. Show your inventive skills with a brand new game, toy or sports equipment and you could win $2000 in sponsor prizes plus trips to NYC and LA.
Deadline: January 29, 2010
For more information: www.bkfk.com/InventionDimension

Big Idea Group: Microbusiness Hunt!

Big Idea Group is searching for inventions that could become the basis of a profitable microbusiness. BIG plans to form a venture to bring the best invention (or inventions) to market. The winning inventor(s) will receive not only a royalty on products sold, but also an equity stake in the new business that we form to launch the invention. Multiple inventions might be selected.

Innovations in the categories of hardware, lawn and garden, pets, housewares, and sporting goods are welcome. For more info, click here.

Deadline: March 31, 2010