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“Where do you see yourself in five years?”The USPTO needs your help answering that question, which is why we’re asking f...
01/31/2023

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

The USPTO needs your help answering that question, which is why we’re asking for feedback on our next strategic plan. View the draft plan and submit your thoughts by February 17: bit.ly/2MnHd2C

Educators: Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s K-12 educators webinar! Learn about our National Summer Teacher Inst...
01/31/2023

Educators: Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s K-12 educators webinar! Learn about our National Summer Teacher Institute from Reggie Duncan, an alumnus of the program and recipient of the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching. Reggie enjoyed the program so much he came to work for us – he’s now an education program specialist at the USPTO.

Want to hear more about this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity? Register now: bit.ly/3VFhn9e

Women entrepreneurs: Join us for our next  event on Wednesday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m. MT, virtually or in person in P...
01/30/2023

Women entrepreneurs: Join us for our next event on Wednesday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m. MT, virtually or in person in Phoenix. We will welcome leaders in the intellectual property (IP) community and women entrepreneurs who will share their stories and tips on how to find and secure funding for your business. Register today: bit.ly/3Js0pZA

Confirmed speakers include:

🎤 Kathi Vidal, Director of the USPTO
🎤 Alika Kumar, Executive Director, Arizona US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center
🎤 Crys Waddell, Creative Strategist and Chief Operating Officer, Hustle PHX
🎤 Additional speakers coming soon

This event is part of the Women's Entrepreneurship (WE) initiative. WE is a community-focused, collaborative, and creative initiative to encourage and empower more women founders across America. For questions about this initiative, contact [email protected] or visit the WE page on the USPTO's website: bit.ly/USPTO-WE

Elsie, Edna, and Louise Frankfurt started their maternity-wear firm, Page Boy, in 1937, but it was after World War II th...
01/30/2023

Elsie, Edna, and Louise Frankfurt started their maternity-wear firm, Page Boy, in 1937, but it was after World War II that business really took off for the entrepreneurial sisters. The postwar baby boom favored businesses like Page Boy, and by 1947, Page Boy had grown to 100 employees, almost all of them women. The increasing number of pregnant women choosing to continue to work in offices, and therefore needing fashionable pregnancy outfits, helped Page Boy thrive even after the baby boom had ended.

Read our story to learn how the Frankfurt sisters supported women in the workplace, both through fashion and as job creators: http://bit.ly/3X2ofPa

Five-year-old Gabby Goodwin had a problem: she kept losing her hair barrettes at school. Inspired by a family friend, Ga...
01/27/2023

Five-year-old Gabby Goodwin had a problem: she kept losing her hair barrettes at school. Inspired by a family friend, Gabby and her mom, Rozalynn, embarked on a quest to find a better product. When they couldn’t find one, they invented their own solution: GaBBy Bows, a double-sided barrette.

The results? Patents, trademarks, and a company where Gabby markets her own products and teaches other girls and moms how to start their own businesses.

Do you know a young inventor looking to turn ideas into reality? Check out our resources for kids, students, and educators: bit.ly/3LENa6Y

On February 28, learn how diverse teams at Pheronym, From Farms to Incubators, and the Invasive Species Control Corporat...
01/27/2023

On February 28, learn how diverse teams at Pheronym, From Farms to Incubators, and the Invasive Species Control Corporation & Foundation achieved successes with agricultural innovations in the third program. Hear stories of perseverance and best practices from accomplished women innovators, and discover valuable resources that you can use to secure funding and protect your intellectual property (IP). Register today: bit.ly/3QVCd3h

Don't miss the next installment in our ongoing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) Partnership S...
01/26/2023

Don't miss the next installment in our ongoing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) Partnership Series! Join us on February 8 to explore patent policy issues impacted by AI and ET in AI-driven innovation. Learn more about the program in our recently-released federal register notice and sign up to attend either virtually or in-person in Dallas, Texas: bit.ly/3XGWThB

Winter is coming... well, it’s been here for a while. With the great outdoors looking Stark, it’s a good idea to practic...
01/26/2023

Winter is coming... well, it’s been here for a while.

With the great outdoors looking Stark, it’s a good idea to practice winter safety. Check out these patents for a removable cleat that can turn ordinary footwear into a snowshoe better suited for walking on ice and slush, and a hand-held windshield deicer to take care of that morning freeze. Whether on foot or in a car, inventions will get you where you need to go.

What should be the strategic priorities for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the next five years? Director Kathi V...
01/25/2023

What should be the strategic priorities for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the next five years? Director Kathi Vidal gave a preview of our 2022-2026 proposed plan on Federal News Network: http://bit.ly/3R5CErO

“In addition to performing the roles we normally perform, when it comes to patents & trademarks, we really need to get out there into more communities, & bring more Americans into the .”

Let us know what you think about the Strategic Plan at: https://bit.ly/3vK0zmQ

Do you use a brand name, slogan, or logo to distinguish yourself or your business for your customers? Did you invent or ...
01/25/2023

Do you use a brand name, slogan, or logo to distinguish yourself or your business for your customers? Did you invent or design something like a machine or tool? You might have intellectual property! Find out what type, and how to protect it, with our new IP Identifier tool: bit.ly/3It3LLh

01/25/2023
Learn more about leveraging your network from Alejandra Castillo

Women entrepreneurs: what does your network look like?

“It could be your local economic development agency, it could be working with universities, community colleges, leveraging your social network, but also making sure you’re leveraging the opportunities that exist within the government,” says Alejandra Castillo, Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Learn more about opportunities for women entrepreneurs to find grants to local communities, business incubators, and leverage government resources with our online resource hub: bit.ly/USPTO-WE

Mark your calendars for three opportunities to be inspired by Black entrepreneurs, small business owners, and inventors!...
01/24/2023

Mark your calendars for three opportunities to be inspired by Black entrepreneurs, small business owners, and inventors! Attend the USPTO’s 2023 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program events on February 10, 14, and 24 to learn how you can access capital, protect your intellectual property (IP), find mentors, and network with fellow innovators and entrepreneurs. Register today: bit.ly/3vBHCmk

Rory Cooper has always enjoyed tinkering and competition. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he ran track and c...
01/24/2023

Rory Cooper has always enjoyed tinkering and competition. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he ran track and cross country, and he often worked in his parents’ garage, making improvements to skateboards and bicycles. He brought these skills to his work in the U.S. Army, but then an accident changed his life forever and set him on a path to become an inventor, engineer, bronze medalist, and now, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee.

Listen to or read our interview with Cooper, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2023: bit.ly/31nPXIH

The Frankfurt sisters founded Page Boy, the country’s first high-end maternity-wear firm, in their hometown of Dallas in...
01/23/2023

The Frankfurt sisters founded Page Boy, the country’s first high-end maternity-wear firm, in their hometown of Dallas in 1937. Their invention of an adjustable skirt for pregnant women made their company unique, but the three sisters’ individual strengths made the fashion enterprise a national success. Elsie was the charismatic face of the company, Edna oversaw details of production and management, and Louise served as the firm’s principal designer.

Read more about how they used these skills, as well as a patent and three trademarks, to change the field of maternity-wear forever in our story: bit.ly/3X2ofPa

Whether you need help with your patent or trademark application, are interested in branching out with your business inte...
01/23/2023

Whether you need help with your patent or trademark application, are interested in branching out with your business internationally, or want to hear directly from successful inventors and entrepreneurs, the USPTO has free services for innovators at every step in their journey. Check out our resources, which you can filter by your area of interest: bit.ly/3njeBYV

: The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) announced their 50th class of inductees earlier this month! Follow NIHF for...
01/21/2023

: The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) announced their 50th class of inductees earlier this month! Follow NIHF for more information on each of these 16 incredible inventors leading up to the induction ceremony in October. From the inventors of the mRNA technology in COVID vaccines to the reCAPTCHA web security program and more, meet the Class of 2023: bit.ly/2G6G9vR

It was a packed day yesterday at the USPTO offices in Alexandria. We hosted our colleagues from U.S. Food and Drug Admin...
01/20/2023

It was a packed day yesterday at the USPTO offices in Alexandria. We hosted our colleagues from U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a joint listening session with stakeholders on how to increase access & affordability to life-saving medicines.

“Accessibility to medicine for all Americans is a top priority of the Biden-Harris administration,” said USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. “It is a moral and national imperative. The United States is a global leader in new drug development due to its strong patent system. Though patents play a critical role in incentivizing and protecting the investment essential for bringing life-saving and life-altering drugs to market, we must make sure our system as a whole does not unnecessarily delay getting generic, biosimilar, and more affordable versions of those drugs into the hands of Americans who need them.”

We want to thank those who attended & contributed to this conversation, from patients, public interest & business advocates, researchers, brand & generic pharmaceutical & brand biotech & biosimilar companies. Your expertise & diverse perspectives ensure that we increase equity as well as efficiency.

To learn more about the USPTO + FDA collaboration, & about additional opportunities to engage, visit our website: bit.ly/3UuxB5D

The USPTO has extended the deadline to receive comments on our draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan until February 17. We welc...
01/20/2023

The USPTO has extended the deadline to receive comments on our draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan until February 17. We welcome comments on all aspects of the draft plan. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage: bit.ly/3GPygsq

The USPTO is seeking public comments on the agency’s draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan by January 31, 2023. Your comments will help us drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity for the benefit of all Americans and people around the world.

“If we can expand the number of inventors by four-fold, we can grow our economy and GDP by $1 trillion,” remarked USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. “Guided by our new plan, we will work across government and with stakeholders to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity, create jobs, and enhance global competitiveness and national security.”

Read our press release to learn about the five goals we aim to achieve, and how you can submit a comment: bit.ly/3vK0zmQ

At next month’s three-part Black Innovation & Entrepreneurship series, special guests and expert panelists will discuss ...
01/19/2023

At next month’s three-part Black Innovation & Entrepreneurship series, special guests and expert panelists will discuss resources and services that can help you access capital, protect your intellectual property (IP), find mentors, and network with fellow innovators and entrepreneurs. Register now for any or all of the sessions, which are being held both online and at Morgan State University: bit.ly/3vBHCmk

IP = Intellectual Property NFTs = Non-fungible tokensIf you already knew that, you might be in our series of events on t...
01/19/2023

IP = Intellectual Property

NFTs = Non-fungible tokens

If you already knew that, you might be in our series of events on the intersection between IP law and NFTs, co-hosted by the U.S. Copyright Office. Sign up to attend any or all of the sessions covering topics related to NFTs and trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Learn more on our website: bit.ly/3Esq6ox

Thank you to all who joined us for today’s  event on identifying and protecting intellectual property (IP)! Some of our ...
01/18/2023

Thank you to all who joined us for today’s event on identifying and protecting intellectual property (IP)! Some of our favorite advice from our panel of experts, which included the Honorable Kate O’Malley, Chrissybil Boulin, and Vaishali Udupa? Take advantage of USPTO and intellectual property programs at law schools to protect your invention or brand as early as possible, learn how to delegate tasks in order to concentrate on the most important work, and use the USPTO’s new IP Identifier tool to find out what type of IP you have and how to protect it: bit.ly/3It3LLh

Speaking directly to women entrepreneurs, USPTO Director Kathi Vidal emphasized, “We need to do more to translate your ideas, inventions, and brands into jobs and economic prosperity… We're here to support you with an all of government approach and with collaborations with the private sector to bring people on this stage who can address the questions you have and can see you on your journey.”

Ready to take the next step in protecting your IP? Check out our Women’s Entrepreneurship online hub for resources to help you identify what type of IP you have, getting started with your application, and much more: bit.ly/USPTO-WE

❗ Just announced at the USPTO’s  event in Naples, Florida: We have launched a new Intellectual Property (IP) Identifier ...
01/18/2023

❗ Just announced at the USPTO’s event in Naples, Florida: We have launched a new Intellectual Property (IP) Identifier tool which enables users to identify whether they have IP and the IP protections they need to support and advance their business, invention, or brand.

“We encourage everyone who is considering starting a business or trying to grow one to utilize this tool,” says USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. “It’s another example of our work to bring more people into the innovation ecosystem to increase American competitiveness, grow the economy, and solve world problems.”

Learn more in our press release: bit.ly/3Xp05Ps

Women entrepreneurs: Don’t forget to tune in for our  event, today at noon ET! Learn how identifying and protecting your...
01/18/2023

Women entrepreneurs: Don’t forget to tune in for our event, today at noon ET! Learn how identifying and protecting your intellectual property (IP) and make your business even more successful from a panel of IP experts moderated by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. Our speakers include:

💡 Chrissybil Boulin, who as the founder of Jump Start Tutoring Center works to make tutoring more accessible with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

💡 The Honorable Kate O'Malley (Ret.), who has decades of experience as in intellectual property law and policy through her career as a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

💡 Vaishali Udupa, an intellectual property attorney, engineer, and our newly appointed Commissioner for Patents!

Tune in virtually: bit.ly/3hDgO1P

Just like patents, patent examiners come from a variety of disciplines. If you know someone seeking a career in one of t...
01/17/2023

Just like patents, patent examiners come from a variety of disciplines. If you know someone seeking a career in one of these 10 fields, tell them America’s Innovation Agency is hiring!

🎨 Art/Design
🌿 Biology
🥼 Chemistry
💻 Computer Science
🍎 Physics
💉 Biomedical Engineering
🧪 Chemical Engineering
💻 Computer Engineering*
⚡ Electrical Engineering*
⚙ Mechanical Engineering

Patent examiners may work fully remote from their location of choice nationwide. Apply on USAJOBS: https://bit.ly/3UdSQZk

*Recruitment bonuses may be available.

Intellectual property attorney and engineer Vaishali Udupa was officially sworn in today as the new USPTO Commissioner f...
01/17/2023

Intellectual property attorney and engineer Vaishali Udupa was officially sworn in today as the new USPTO Commissioner for Patents. Ms. Udupa will lead the agency’s 10,000 Patents employees, including more than 9,000 patent examiners responsible for fostering the country’s innovation system by providing patent protections to inventors.

“I am taking this role because I am deeply committed to promoting inclusive innovation and driving the United States of America’s economic prosperity and competitiveness,” said Commissioner Udupa during her swearing in ceremony. “We have a lot of work to do, including enhancing our system of reliable and robust patents and supporting our patents workforce, to meeting the challenges of 21st century innovation. I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”

Read our press release to learn more: bit.ly/3BEFspi

Kid inventor Jennifer Wen loved exploring her mother's sewing box to see if she could invent new uses for the items she ...
01/17/2023

Kid inventor Jennifer Wen loved exploring her mother's sewing box to see if she could invent new uses for the items she found there. One day she taped an arrow to a hoop and loop fastener, thinking it would make a cool bookmark because she could mark the page and the last word she read in the book.

Jennifer shared her bookmark idea with her brother, Brian, and the siblings worked to improve the design. Brian noticed the bookmark's arrow was fragile and suggested replacing it with a clear window so readers could mark the page and see the final word they read. Jennifer and Brian were granted U.S. Patent no. 10,857,827 in December 2020.

On , check out our resources for kids, students, and educators: bit.ly/3LENa6Y

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Calling all K-12 educators! Join us on January 25 for a special fireside chat between the USPTO’s Drew Hirshfeld and invention educator Doug Scott, winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the subject of our January story. Learn more and register: bit.ly/3q1g3B1
Today the issued a joint statement with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on efforts to further enhance our Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. Read the statement to learn more about the PPH and proposed improvements in user experience and examination timelines: bit.ly/3qrcGmY
Some patented inventions make life safer, some make it more entertaining. But what about both?

In 1904, Harry D. W**d received U.S. patent number 768,495 for a “Grip-tread for pneumatic tires,” an invention designed to make driving in inclement weather like snow and ice safer. That same year, W**d founded the W**d Chain Tire Grip Company to manufacture and sell his product to an increasing population of automobile owners.

In a clever marketing ploy, W**d’s company challenged stunt performer Harry Houdini to escape the binds of the tire chains, which he was able to do with great effort. Houdini’s escape was reported in newspapers across the country, raising the profile of both the escape artist and the tire manufacturer.

Each day in December, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Invent Calendar revealed innovations plucked from their 120-year history. Check out their recent blog to enjoy a few of the noteworthy patents: bit.ly/3G4GNpE
Doug Scott began his work in education teaching business and computer repair courses, but soon charted a path that would transform his career and the lives of students along the way. Scott’s journey includes the discovery of a 1915 shipwreck, the invention of an ice rescue device that took Scott and his students to The White House Science Fair, the granting of a U.S. patent, and the preparation of a new generation of innovators.

Learn more about Scott in our latest : bit.ly/3zj4h7S
The offers a wide range of resources for all our customers! Whether you’re interested in application assistance, opportunities for education and training, or programs for attorneys and advisors, check out our Free Services page: bit.ly/3njeBYV
Is part of your meal plan this week? 🌮 Feast your eyes on these design patents for some classic, prehistoric, and mythological taco holders. You can thank us later.
At America’s innovation agency, we place a high value on transparency and providing our stakeholders with the most up-to-date information on our activities and goals. In our latest , read about the ’s recent annual report: bit.ly/3GkYj9j
The is proud to be recognized in the Forbes article "Top HR Trends for the 2022 Workplace" for being among employers who are "creating policies to ensure virtual collaboration, mentoring, and asynchronous brainstorming for those who work from anywhere." Article by Jeanne Meister: https://bit.ly/3t3ezba

On January 26, don’t miss the chance to hear from successful creators on the Nanodropper team and Inspiration4 crew, each with fascinating backgrounds that shaped their careers, during the first installment of . Learn about resources available to communities nationwide, best practices for innovating, and ways to protect your hard work as you follow your own path. Register today: bit.ly/3FGqSO1
As we celebrate the new year and look towards the future, we are inspired by young innovators who are already changing the world. These amazing inventors all received patents before the age of 20:

📚 Siblings Brian and Jennifer Wen invented a new type of bookmark that will mark your spot on a page down to the word.

🔬 Gitanjali Rao received a patent for her device “Tethys,” an early lead detection tool, and was named TIME magazine’s Kid of the Year for 2020.

🐶 Marissa Streng patented a “device for drying pets,” which she markets under the registered trademark PUFF-N-FLUFF®.

🚗 Bishop Curry is the inventor of Oasis, a device designed to prevent hot car death tragedies from happening.

🍓 Kavita Shukla invented FreshPaper, sheets infused with botanicals that keep produce fresh for longer periods of time.
We are virtually staffing a booth at CES to answer attendees’ questions about patents, trademarks, and resources! If you are at the conference, come visit us at booth 60200 at the Venetian.
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