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#OTD in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a “giant leap” onto the “magnificent desolation” of the lun...
07/20/2021

#OTD in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a “giant leap” onto the “magnificent desolation” of the lunar surface, with #Apollo11 crew member Michael Collins in orbit nearby. Learn more about the moon landing, and the technology that made it possible, from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: https://go.nasa.gov/3hEuJSf

#OTD in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a “giant leap” onto the “magnificent desolation” of the lunar surface, with #Apollo11 crew member Michael Collins in orbit nearby. Learn more about the moon landing, and the technology that made it possible, from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: https://go.nasa.gov/3hEuJSf

#TipTuesday: Children who experience hands-on invention education early are more likely to be #innovators later in life....
07/20/2021

#TipTuesday: Children who experience hands-on invention education early are more likely to be #innovators later in life. The #USPTO has many resources, activities, and workshops available for parents and teachers. Find out more on our website: bit.ly/2UOTeTH

#TipTuesday: Children who experience hands-on invention education early are more likely to be #innovators later in life. The #USPTO has many resources, activities, and workshops available for parents and teachers. Find out more on our website: bit.ly/2UOTeTH

The #USPTO’s IP attachés may be located in posts around the world, but they are united in solving problems, serving stak...
07/19/2021

The #USPTO’s IP attachés may be located in posts around the world, but they are united in solving problems, serving stakeholders, and supporting the global #IntellectualProperty community. Learn more in this short video: bit.ly/2Ua6QsW

The #USPTO’s IP attachés may be located in posts around the world, but they are united in solving problems, serving stakeholders, and supporting the global #IntellectualProperty community. Learn more in this short video: bit.ly/2Ua6QsW

Calling all young and independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners – mark your calendars for #Inventi...
07/19/2021

Calling all young and independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners – mark your calendars for #InventionCon2021! Join us from August 18-20 and put your creativity to work. Register for this free, virtual event today: bit.ly/3jpKePi #MotivationMonday

Calling all young and independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners – mark your calendars for #InventionCon2021! Join us from August 18-20 and put your creativity to work. Register for this free, virtual event today: bit.ly/3jpKePi #MotivationMonday

What do you say at the end of #SharkWeek? Fin. We hope these #trademark sharks tide you over until next year.
07/19/2021

What do you say at the end of #SharkWeek? Fin.

We hope these #trademark sharks tide you over until next year.

What do you say at the end of #SharkWeek? Fin.

We hope these #trademark sharks tide you over until next year.

It’s #NationalIceCreamDay, and we’ve got the scoop on some pretty chill #IntellectualProperty. Grab a cone and join us a...
07/18/2021

It’s #NationalIceCreamDay, and we’ve got the scoop on some pretty chill #IntellectualProperty. Grab a cone and join us as we serve up some ice cream #trademarks from around the nation, as well as some tips on building a successful brand.

🔨 Use the tools you have: Alice Handel began serving ice cream out of the family gas station in Youngstown, Ohio in 1945, and Handel's Ice Cream has been fresh and homemade in the #USPTOMidwest region ever since.

🗺️ Include some local flavor: Rockier Road® in the #USPTORockyMtn region! Based out of Richmond, Utah, Casper’s Ice Cream holds several registered trademarks, including for the FatBoy Ice Cream brand.

🦄 Be distinctive: Blue Bell Ice Cream has been in the ice cream biz in the #USPTOTexas region since 1906. Check out the unique and recognizable #trademark of this brand from Brenham, Texas.

🕒 Don’t rush: Dreyer's ice cream, founded in Oakland, California, part of the #USPTOSV region, is showing that good ideas take time with SLOW CHURNED® treats.

📚 Learn from the past: The Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont, part of the #USPTOEastern region, includes a #FlavorGraveyard documenting the company’s history with experimentation.

Where is your go-to spot for a #summer treat? 🍦 #TastyTrademarks

Inventor Kavita Shukla identified the problem of global hunger at an early age, and she knew her solution could help peo...
07/17/2021

Inventor Kavita Shukla identified the problem of global hunger at an early age, and she knew her solution could help people all over the world. Still, it was years before she launched FRESHPAPER.

“It's been said that you can't be what you can't see, and I think that's really true. When I look back at my story, I think a lot of what gave me doubt was that I just didn't have a lot of examples…the more we can share stories of women entrepreneurs, of people who have walked this path before, who have faced obstacles and have been able to bring their ideas to the world, I think it really encourages and inspires young girls and women to think about doing more with their ideas.”

Read or listen to her story in our latest #JourneysOfInnovation interview: bit.ly/3jt74pk

Inventor Kavita Shukla identified the problem of global hunger at an early age, and she knew her solution could help people all over the world. Still, it was years before she launched FRESHPAPER.

“It's been said that you can't be what you can't see, and I think that's really true. When I look back at my story, I think a lot of what gave me doubt was that I just didn't have a lot of examples…the more we can share stories of women entrepreneurs, of people who have walked this path before, who have faced obstacles and have been able to bring their ideas to the world, I think it really encourages and inspires young girls and women to think about doing more with their ideas.”

Read or listen to her story in our latest #JourneysOfInnovation interview: bit.ly/3jt74pk

Inspired by the #Apollo11 anniversary to try your hand at #rocket science? Make and launch your own paper rocket, and le...
07/16/2021

Inspired by the #Apollo11 anniversary to try your hand at #rocket science? Make and launch your own paper rocket, and learn about Newton’s third law of motion along the way, in this fun interactive activity for the whole family: bit.ly/36oET3a #STEM

Inspired by the #Apollo11 anniversary to try your hand at #rocket science? Make and launch your own paper rocket, and learn about Newton’s third law of motion along the way, in this fun interactive activity for the whole family: bit.ly/36oET3a #STEM

07/16/2021

#OTD in 1969, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the #Apollo11 mission from the Kennedy Space Center. Check out some of the patents from the Saturn V rocket that put us on the moon, and learn more about this historic feat of innovation: https://go.nasa.gov/3hOtKxJ

#DYK that #SharkWeek is a registered trademark of Discovery communications? 🦈 Learn how to make a splash of your own by ...
07/16/2021

#DYK that #SharkWeek is a registered trademark of Discovery communications? 🦈 Learn how to make a splash of your own by protecting your brand. No click-bait, we promise: bit.ly/31kI2hG

#DYK that #SharkWeek is a registered trademark of Discovery communications? 🦈 Learn how to make a splash of your own by protecting your brand. No click-bait, we promise: bit.ly/31kI2hG

In 1951, Marion Donovan received a patent for a waterproof diaper cover, the precursor to the disposable diaper. Her pro...
07/15/2021

In 1951, Marion Donovan received a patent for a waterproof diaper cover, the precursor to the disposable diaper. Her product, which allowed the skin to breathe and included snap fasteners, was initially rejected by manufacturers. But it was an instant success with the demographic that mattered most – parents and caregivers.

The convenience of this product improved comfort and sanitation, as well as decreasing the amount of time spent on changing soiled cloth diapers and the surrounding clothing and bed sheets.

Donovan was one of the most prolific women inventors of her era. She held over a dozen patents, many of which offered improvements to everyday life. Learn more about her lifetime of innovation: bit.ly/3ASIXqp

In 1951, Marion Donovan received a patent for a waterproof diaper cover, the precursor to the disposable diaper. Her product, which allowed the skin to breathe and included snap fasteners, was initially rejected by manufacturers. But it was an instant success with the demographic that mattered most – parents and caregivers.

The convenience of this product improved comfort and sanitation, as well as decreasing the amount of time spent on changing soiled cloth diapers and the surrounding clothing and bed sheets.

Donovan was one of the most prolific women inventors of her era. She held over a dozen patents, many of which offered improvements to everyday life. Learn more about her lifetime of innovation: bit.ly/3ASIXqp

Attention businesses! Our 5 regional offices want to hear from you! We welcome the opportunity to hear about your experi...
07/15/2021

Attention businesses! Our 5 regional offices want to hear from you! We welcome the opportunity to hear about your experiences with the #USPTO so that we can improve #IP outcomes and customer service. Reach out to a #USPTONearYou today: bit.ly/3wbbe7R

Attention businesses! Our 5 regional offices want to hear from you! We welcome the opportunity to hear about your experiences with the #USPTO so that we can improve #IP outcomes and customer service. Reach out to a #USPTONearYou today: bit.ly/3wbbe7R

During her career as a nurse and physical therapist, Bessie Blount invented a device which allowed double-amputees to fe...
07/14/2021

During her career as a nurse and physical therapist, Bessie Blount invented a device which allowed double-amputees to feed themselves, providing more daily autonomy for her patients. The person using the device would first bite down on a tube, activating a motor that would dispense a portion of food through a spoon shaped mouthpiece, at which point the motor would shut off, allowing for time to chew, swallow, rest, and repeat. She received U.S. patent number 2,550,554 in 1951.

Blount’s patented invention was only one way she cared for her patients, many of whom were veterans of World War II. She also taught amputees how to write using their teeth and feet. Learn more about Blount’s work to improve quality of life: bit.ly/2Nibgun

During her career as a nurse and physical therapist, Bessie Blount invented a device which allowed double-amputees to feed themselves, providing more daily autonomy for her patients. The person using the device would first bite down on a tube, activating a motor that would dispense a portion of food through a spoon shaped mouthpiece, at which point the motor would shut off, allowing for time to chew, swallow, rest, and repeat. She received U.S. patent number 2,550,554 in 1951.

Blount’s patented invention was only one way she cared for her patients, many of whom were veterans of World War II. She also taught amputees how to write using their teeth and feet. Learn more about Blount’s work to improve quality of life: bit.ly/2Nibgun

Expert library staff working at Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) will use search tools to help you find the...
07/13/2021

Expert library staff working at Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) will use search tools to help you find the information vital to protecting your invention or brand. Learn more about services provided by PTRCs: bit.ly/3jYbBjS

Expert library staff working at Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) will use search tools to help you find the information vital to protecting your invention or brand. Learn more about services provided by PTRCs: bit.ly/3jYbBjS

You wouldn’t burn the toast, so don’t burn your brand! Join us next week for a special event covering trademarks and oth...
07/12/2021

You wouldn’t burn the toast, so don’t burn your brand! Join us next week for a special event covering trademarks and other #IP in the food service industry. Sign up now for the July 19 session and protect what makes your restaurant special: bit.ly/3wYsdM6

You wouldn’t burn the toast, so don’t burn your brand! Join us next week for a special event covering trademarks and other #IP in the food service industry. Sign up now for the July 19 session and protect what makes your restaurant special: bit.ly/3wYsdM6

The #Patents4Humanity Award is the #USPTO’s top honor for patent applicants whose game-changing innovations address long...
07/12/2021

The #Patents4Humanity Award is the #USPTO’s top honor for patent applicants whose game-changing innovations address long-standing development challenges. The stories of past winners encourage others to harness innovation for human progress. Learn more about the program and this year’s call for #inventions that have helped in the fight against COVID-19 ahead of the September 30 deadline for applications: bit.ly/2JTZykC

The #Patents4Humanity Award is the #USPTO’s top honor for patent applicants whose game-changing innovations address long-standing development challenges. The stories of past winners encourage others to harness innovation for human progress. Learn more about the program and this year’s call for #inventions that have helped in the fight against COVID-19 ahead of the September 30 deadline for applications: bit.ly/2JTZykC

Cool inventor alert! In 1906, Willis Carrier received a patent for an “apparatus for treating air.” His addition of humi...
07/10/2021

Cool inventor alert! In 1906, Willis Carrier received a patent for an “apparatus for treating air.” His addition of humidity control marked the birth of modern air conditioning, and he went on to co-found Carrier in 1915. Learn more from the National Inventors Hall of Fame: bit.ly/3y8dePy

Cool inventor alert! In 1906, Willis Carrier received a patent for an “apparatus for treating air.” His addition of humidity control marked the birth of modern air conditioning, and he went on to co-found Carrier in 1915. Learn more from the National Inventors Hall of Fame: bit.ly/3y8dePy

How does a self-proclaimed “intellectual property nerd” who is a trained economist and #AI researcher advance his career...
07/09/2021

How does a self-proclaimed “intellectual property nerd” who is a trained economist and #AI researcher advance his career after launching an international machine-learning consultancy and gaining R&D and management experience at Facebook? He joins America’s Innovation Agency.

Meet Jerry, USPTO’s first-ever Director of Emerging Technology. He says the USPTO “perfectly matches up” with his background and that he feels lucky to have found an agency that had the foresight to create this position. In his new role, Jerry is taking a holistic view of the USPTO’s current emerging tech-related efforts and establishing a blueprint to focus them agency-wide.

Check out his recent interview with Nextgov and then check this space often to stay in-the-know about what’s next in #EmergingTech at the USPTO: https://bit.ly/2UBzp27.

#ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning

How does a self-proclaimed “intellectual property nerd” who is a trained economist and #AI researcher advance his career after launching an international machine-learning consultancy and gaining R&D and management experience at Facebook? He joins America’s Innovation Agency.

Meet Jerry, USPTO’s first-ever Director of Emerging Technology. He says the USPTO “perfectly matches up” with his background and that he feels lucky to have found an agency that had the foresight to create this position. In his new role, Jerry is taking a holistic view of the USPTO’s current emerging tech-related efforts and establishing a blueprint to focus them agency-wide.

Check out his recent interview with Nextgov and then check this space often to stay in-the-know about what’s next in #EmergingTech at the USPTO: https://bit.ly/2UBzp27.

#ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning

Did you know there is a #USPTONearYou? Our five regional offices provide on-the-ground support for aspiring inventors, e...
07/08/2021

Did you know there is a #USPTONearYou? Our five regional offices provide on-the-ground support for aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses across the nation. Learn more about the services available, and follow us for more regional spotlights: bit.ly/3wbbe7R

Did you know there is a #USPTONearYou? Our five regional offices provide on-the-ground support for aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses across the nation. Learn more about the services available, and follow us for more regional spotlights: bit.ly/3wbbe7R

Kavita Shukla received U.S. Patent No. 6,372,220 B1 for "fenugreek impregnated material for the preservation of perishab...
07/07/2021

Kavita Shukla received U.S. Patent No. 6,372,220 B1 for "fenugreek impregnated material for the preservation of perishable substances" on April 16, 2002. Figure 2 in the patent "shows an edible substance (3), in this instance a strawberry, which has been placed on a material with particles of a botanical extract embedded on it." The patent enabled Shukla to protect her invention, FRESHPAPER, which helps keep produce fresher, longer. In total, Shukla holds four U.S. patents.

Check out our website to hear more about Shukla in our latest #JourneysOfInnovation: bit.ly/3jt74pk

Kavita Shukla received U.S. Patent No. 6,372,220 B1 for "fenugreek impregnated material for the preservation of perishable substances" on April 16, 2002. Figure 2 in the patent "shows an edible substance (3), in this instance a strawberry, which has been placed on a material with particles of a botanical extract embedded on it." The patent enabled Shukla to protect her invention, FRESHPAPER, which helps keep produce fresher, longer. In total, Shukla holds four U.S. patents.

Check out our website to hear more about Shukla in our latest #JourneysOfInnovation: bit.ly/3jt74pk

Americans are inventive, competitive, and leaders in technology. Learn more about how to nominate an inspiring innovator...
07/06/2021

Americans are inventive, competitive, and leaders in technology. Learn more about how to nominate an inspiring innovator who has made a difference for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation before the July 30 deadline: bit.ly/2SOeYOI

Americans are inventive, competitive, and leaders in technology. Learn more about how to nominate an inspiring innovator who has made a difference for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation before the July 30 deadline: bit.ly/2SOeYOI

#TipTuesday: Filing your #patent application in DOCX, a word-processing file format, is easier and more efficient. It al...
07/06/2021

#TipTuesday: Filing your #patent application in DOCX, a word-processing file format, is easier and more efficient. It also increases privacy and application quality. Learn more about DOCX and attend one of our training sessions: bit.ly/2QVqxDi

#TipTuesday: Filing your #patent application in DOCX, a word-processing file format, is easier and more efficient. It also increases privacy and application quality. Learn more about DOCX and attend one of our training sessions: bit.ly/2QVqxDi

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