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11/13/2020

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"I view my job at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in much the same way I did my military service, as an opportunity to serve the American people in the best way that I can," says #Veteran and Director of Communications Eric Atkisson in honor of #VeteransDay https://buff.ly/3eUEclj

#FridayThe13th means it's time to share some more #CreepyIP:
11/13/2020

#FridayThe13th means it's time to share some more #CreepyIP:

Patented in 1973, this safety mask for goalies is also perfect for night-time pranks around the woods at summer camp.
🎵ch, ch, ch, ch, ah, ah, ah, ah🎵

#FridayThe13th

Former NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut, CEO of #FluidityTech, inventor, and patent holder...
11/12/2020

Former NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut, CEO of #FluidityTech, inventor, and patent holder NASA Astronaut Scott Parazynski joined #USPTOTexas for the Office's 5 year anniversary. He and Deputy Director Laura Peter discussed his #innovation journey, the variety of his inventions, and his thoughts on #ExpandingAmericanInnovation.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
11/12/2020

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Trading cards are not just for sports 🏀 ⚽ 🏈

Get inspired with these cards from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that feature inventors from all walks of life — including Rory Cooper an engineer 👨‍💼 + entrepreneur + #Veteran 🇺🇸 + #NSFfunded https://bit.ly/3eMwTw8.

Download his trading card (and others!) to learn more about how Rory's work is creating pathways for students, military veterans, and people with disabilities to succeed in #science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.

We thank Rory and all of our nation's veterans for their service. #VeteransDay

Follow us during #MilitaryFamilyMonth as we re-share keepsakes and stories related to military service from #USPTO emplo...
11/12/2020

Follow us during #MilitaryFamilyMonth as we re-share keepsakes and stories related to military service from #USPTO employees. Read more of these stories: http://bit.ly/2C3VPN2
#veterans #VeteransDay

USPTO employee Dean Dominique holds a replica of a Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, and a portrait of the man that these objects belonged to – his grandfather Herman Robichaux Sr., a World War II veteran. Through some research, his family discovered Robichaux served under General George S. Patton as an infantryman during the Battle of the Bulge. Inspired by his grandfather’s service, Dean joined the Army in 1988 and served 21 years as an Army Ranger and combat veteran before retiring.
We’re sharing keepsakes and stories related to military service from USPTO employees. Check back for more #VeteransDay stories.

#OTD ninety years ago, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard received U.S. patent No. 1,781,541, for a quieter, safer refriger...
11/11/2020

#OTD ninety years ago, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard received U.S. patent No. 1,781,541, for a quieter, safer refrigerator, using an electromagnetic field to help power the refrigerator’s condenser. #TodayinHistory #TDIH

Veterans Day brings the sale and display of hundreds of millions of red paper poppies, mostly in the United Kingdom and ...
11/11/2020

Veterans Day brings the sale and display of hundreds of millions of red paper poppies, mostly in the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries. Here in the United States, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) holds the trademark for the "Buddy Poppy," the American version of this token of remembrance made famous amid the bloodshed of World War I.

The association between red poppies and sacrifice in battle first appeared in 1915, in the first stanza of a poem by John McCrae, a doctor in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, titled “In Flanders Fields”:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The poem and the poppies resonated across the English-speaking world. Sensing an opportunity, Canadian and British propagandists quoted McCrae’s verses on advertisements, often illustrated with poppies, for recruitment campaigns and war bond initiatives. Such widespread images linked red poppies with war and sacrifice in the public imagination.

Only at the very end of the war did someone think of selling mass-produced artificial poppies as tokens of remembrance and donating the proceeds to veterans’ relief funds. At the end of the war, YMCA secretary and educator Moina Michael, an American, started the first veterans’ relief campaign to feature remembrance poppies as sartorial accessories. The idea spread to France, Britain, and the British Empire in short order, with the focus widening to war widows and orphans. Meanwhile, U.S. veterans of World War I, many of them wounded, traumatized, or both, were returning to an economy in recession.

The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (#VFW) worked together to coordinate assistance and ramped up their lobbying efforts on behalf of veterans and their families. The VFW in particular now relied on the remembrance poppy as a powerful tool for raising funds and awareness. By 1924, the VFW had gone so far as to set up its own factory where veterans themselves could find work manufacturing the flowers.

Yet the VFW and other relief organizations ran into a serious problem. Fraudsters were passing off counterfeit remembrance poppies as the VFW’s and then pocketing the money. The VFW therefore found itself doing what its counterparts in business did when it came to protecting their intellectual property. First, the VFW added the word “Buddy” (as in fallen buddy or fallen comrade) to “Poppy” to distinguish the product from its variants in other countries and contexts. Then, in late 1923, the VFW filed a trademark application. The trademark was registered the following year.

Down to the present day, the VFW uses its Buddy poppy trademark as “a guarantee,” according to the organization’s website, “that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans.” Learn more: https://bit.ly/2I1IZ8S.

Today, we would like to thank our nation's veterans, especially those who work at the #USPTO. #VeteransDay #Veteran #buddypoppy

Image c/o Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Somewhere near the end of that endless week, the structural requirements that became [U.S. Patent No. 4,017,168] were s...
11/10/2020

“Somewhere near the end of that endless week, the structural requirements that became [U.S. Patent No. 4,017,168] were set down.”

Garrett Brown followed an unconventional path to #innovation, working as a folk singer, car dealer, copywriter, and radio personality before pursuing a career in moviemaking.

Confronted with the two most daunting cinematic problems of the day—the bulkiness of the gear and the inability to capture steady, moving shots—Brown set out to invent a solution. After a week of intense brainstorming alone in a hotel room, he emerged with the crude prototype that would become the Steadicam.

Read more about inventor Garrett Brown in our latest #JourneysofInnovation story: https://bit.ly/34GBsok.

#inventors #inventorstory #patents #cinematography #film

"Our veterans here at the PTO continue to serve. The work that they are doing here is incredibly important to our nation...
11/10/2020

"Our veterans here at the PTO continue to serve. The work that they are doing here is incredibly important to our nation," said #USPTO's Chief Administrative Officer on #MilitaryMakeover. Learn more about veterans working at USPTO: https://bit.ly/3mMFDVQ
#VeteransDay #Veterans #PeopleofPTO

During #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, we recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contribution...
11/09/2020

During #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, we recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of American Indians. Watch how #USPTO partnered with tribal artists and craftspeople to protect their work through #IP: https://bit.ly/2JqNmug

Follow us during National Veterans and Military Families month as we re-share keepsakes and stories related to military ...
11/09/2020

Follow us during National Veterans and Military Families month as we re-share keepsakes and stories related to military service from USPTO employees. Read more of these stories: http://bit.ly/2C3VPN2

At 99 years old, the grandparents of USPTO employee Brigit Baron are still as inseparable as they look in the photo that she holds in her hands. Brigit recounts her grandparents’ love story:
“Grandpa was drafted as a crew chief for the Air Corps in 1942 and sent to training in Florida. Though they weren’t even engaged yet, Grandma traveled from Minnesota to Florida to visit him, and that’s where this picture was taken. They both wrote each other every single day while Grandpa was overseas. While of course Grandpa couldn’t keep her letters to him, Grandma still has every letter he wrote to her – over 1000 letters!”
This framed photo reminds Brigit of the romance between her grandparents, and her grandfather’s incredible stories from World War II. He was initially drafted as a pilot because of his experience flying before the war, but his excellent mechanical skills were soon discovered and taken advantage of, earning him a bronze medal for keeping the planes in excellent condition – over 100 flights with no mechanical issues.
We’re sharing keepsakes and stories related to military service from USPTO employees in recognition of National Veterans and Military Families month.

At #USPTO, we recognize the value of strong science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics education to equip ou...
11/08/2020

At #USPTO, we recognize the value of strong science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics education to equip our future #inventors, #entrepreneurs, and patent holders as they uphold a strong American #IP system. Read more about the work our Office of Education is doing to empower the next generation: https://bit.ly/35ZqDNE
#STEMSTEAMDAY #STEM

On Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET, learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Basics, ...
11/06/2020

On Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET, learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Basics, a virtual meeting with the #USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) hosted by the #USPTOMidwest Regional Office. Register: https://bit.ly/34QgIdX

The new #AI Report published by the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist used an AI machine learning methodology to ide...
11/06/2020

The new #AI Report published by the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist used an AI machine learning methodology to identify artificial intelligence in U.S. #patents. It found that AI diffusion is occurring widely across the United States. For example, inventor-patentees in Oregon are using AI in fitness training and equipment, and in North Dakota, AI is used in agriculture. Read: https://bit.ly/2HJJK6c
#artificalintelligence

Are you a trademark attorney who wants to know more about #USPTO's rules on practitioner recognition, signatures, declar...
11/05/2020

Are you a trademark attorney who wants to know more about #USPTO's rules on practitioner recognition, signatures, declarations, and what steps we take when we suspect rules are violated? Register for the #Trademarks team webinar on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. ET: https://bit.ly/389Vt94

Whether you are a seasoned #inventor, #entrepreneur, or small business owner, or just starting to explore the possibilit...
11/04/2020

Whether you are a seasoned #inventor, #entrepreneur, or small business owner, or just starting to explore the possibilities, #USPTO offers a variety of products and services to help you participate in the #innovation ecosystem: http://bit.ly/2ndsf1K
#EntrepreneurshipMonth

#USPTO economists defined artificial intelligence inventions as falling into one or more of eight component technologies...
11/04/2020

#USPTO economists defined artificial intelligence inventions as falling into one or more of eight component technologies: vision, speech, natural language processing, knowledge processing, evolutionary computation, machine learning, planning/control, and #AI hardware. Read about each in our latest report: https://bit.ly/2HJJK6c
#artificialintelligence #patents

A great thing like sliced bread? There's a patent for that. Read this Smithsonian Magazine article about the inventions ...
11/03/2020

A great thing like sliced bread? There's a patent for that. Read this Smithsonian Magazine article about the inventions that changed a food staple on #NationalSandwichDay: https://bit.ly/328vQRX

#FYI: Team registration for the 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition closes on Nov. 7. #Law students, l...
11/03/2020

#FYI: Team registration for the 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition closes on Nov. 7. #Law students, learn about issues arising in U.S. #patent law and develop your patent application drafting, amending, and prosecution skills. More: https://bit.ly/3iZtjQJ

#OTD in 1920, women in the U.S. finally were able to cast national ballots for the first time. Votes for women was a lon...
11/02/2020

#OTD in 1920, women in the U.S. finally were able to cast national ballots for the first time. Votes for women was a long time dream of suffragist and inventor Harriet Strong. Read Harriet's story in our Journeys of Innovation series: https://bit.ly/3khIWE8

Today marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Women inventors such as Lyda Newman and Harriet Strong were active in women’s rights. Watch Smithsonian’s video to see what women’s rights activist Lyda Newman invented, https://youtu.be/WaO__6iN82E; and read about inventor Harriet Strong who was a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association: https://bit.ly/3khIWE8

#19SuffrageStories #19thAmendment

November is National #EntrepreneurshipMonth, a recognition of those whose #innovation fuels our economy. Learn more abou...
11/02/2020

November is National #EntrepreneurshipMonth, a recognition of those whose #innovation fuels our economy. Learn more about the role of #IP in #entrepreneurship and the resources available to #inventors and #entrepreneurs in the Hispanic community: https://bit.ly/384ZyLp

We looked at the diffusion of artificial intelligence across technologies, inventors and patent owners, and geography. R...
11/02/2020

We looked at the diffusion of artificial intelligence across technologies, inventors and patent owners, and geography. Read our new report to learn more about the impact of #AI on U.S. #patents: https://bit.ly/2HJJK6c
#artificialintelligence

Do you even lift (in space)? To keep @NASA_Astronauts in shape on the International @Space_Station, engineers @NASA_John...
11/02/2020

Do you even lift (in space)? To keep @NASA_Astronauts in shape on the International @Space_Station, engineers @NASA_Johnson had to invent a device to simulate #weightlifting in zero gravity. Today marks the #SpaceStation20th anniversary!

The TM registration is Connery, Sean Connery. Did you know Sean Connery registered his name as a service mark (a type of...
10/31/2020

The TM registration is Connery, Sean Connery. Did you know Sean Connery registered his name as a service mark (a type of trademark) to provide increased protection against its unauthorized use for celebrity appearances or entertainment services?

This movie poster was submitted as the specimen on Connery's service mark application. To learn more about service marks check out: http://bit.ly/2uwVDTr

Now you've got your Halloween party trick in the bag, thanks to National Archives at Kansas City. #CreepyIP #FrightfulFr...
10/30/2020

Now you've got your Halloween party trick in the bag, thanks to National Archives at Kansas City. #CreepyIP #FrightfulFriday

#MadeInAmerica does not end with past or current inventors—it recognizes the need to empower a new generation of future ...
10/30/2020

#MadeInAmerica does not end with past or current inventors—it recognizes the need to empower a new generation of future #inventors who understand the value of #IP in American #innovation. Read about the #USPTO’s efforts to ignite that spark: https://washex.am/2uXrCvE

Remember those sinister and “supernaturally steady” film shots from The Shining? National Inventors Hall of Fame inducte...
10/30/2020

Remember those sinister and “supernaturally steady” film shots from The Shining? National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Garrett Brown's Steadicam®, which allowed the camera operator to move freely without affecting the camera’s stability, made them possible. Read our latest #JOI about Brown's #innovation journey: https://bit.ly/34GBsok
#JourneysOfInnovation #HappyHalloween

Additional coverage about the #AI report from Patent Doc's Blog: https://www.patentdocs.org/2020/10/new-uspto-study-show...
10/30/2020
New USPTO Study Shows Rapid Growth, Regional Spread of AI-Based Patenting

Additional coverage about the #AI report from Patent Doc's Blog: https://www.patentdocs.org/2020/10/new-uspto-study-shows-rapid-growth-regional-spread-of-ai-based-patenting.html

By Aaron Gin -- Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released a study entitled "Inventing AI", which highlights the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI)-based patent applications in the U.S. over the past few decades. The study, released by the Office of the Chief Economist o...

The Law 360 article discussing our new AI report included highlights from Director Iancu's remarks on artificial intelli...
10/30/2020
USPTO Sees 'Unprecedented Growth' In AI Patent Apps - Law360

The Law 360 article discussing our new AI report included highlights from Director Iancu's remarks on artificial intelligence from the American Intellectual Law Association's virtual meeting held the week before. Read: https://www.law360.com/articles/1323341/uspto-sees-unprecedented-growth-in-ai-patent-apps

Patent applications containing artificial intelligence have more than doubled since 2002, showing a significant uptick across the country and in a variety of technologies, according to a new report published Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

USPTO released a new #ArtificialIntelligence report on Tuesday and since then it's been getting quite a bit of press cov...
10/30/2020
Bloomberg Law

USPTO released a new #ArtificialIntelligence report on Tuesday and since then it's been getting quite a bit of press coverage, including in Bloomberg Law. Read: https://www.bloomberglaw.com/document/X89M6LGG000000?bna_news_filter=tech-and-telecom-law&jcsearch=BNA%2520000001756ab7d8d4a3ff7ff7fd7e0001

Moderna Legal Chief Plots Exit as Covid-19 Vaccine Race Heats UpModerna Inc., one of the leading biotechnology companies in the push to get a coronavirus vaccine, is preparing to part ways with its top lawyer, the company said Thursday.

USPTO released a new #ArtificialIntelligence report on Tuesday and since then it's been getting quite a bit of press cov...
10/30/2020
Bloomberg Law

USPTO released a new #ArtificialIntelligence report on Tuesday and since then it's been getting quite a bit of press coverage, including in Bloomberg Law. Read: https://www.bloomberglaw.com/document/X89M6LGG000000?bna_news_filter=tech-and-telecom-law&jcsearch=BNA%2520000001756ab7d8d4a3ff7ff7fd7e0001

Moderna Legal Chief Plots Exit as Covid-19 Vaccine Race Heats UpModerna Inc., one of the leading biotechnology companies in the push to get a coronavirus vaccine, is preparing to part ways with its top lawyer, the company said Thursday.

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