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Our fantastic federal partners are joining us at CES! We are providing office hours for the 1,200+ startups and entrepre...
01/04/2024

Our fantastic federal partners are joining us at CES! We are providing office hours for the 1,200+ startups and entrepreneurs attending the conference and promoting the importance of intellectual property. Stop by Eureka Park to chat about your big ideas with us and U.S. Copyright Office, National Science Foundation (NSF), International Trade Administration, U.S. Navy, DOD SBIR STTR Programs, US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), AFWERX, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA, Federal Aviation Administration, and DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

Today, we announced the appointment of Sharon Israel as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, ove...
01/04/2024

Today, we announced the appointment of Sharon Israel as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, overseeing the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, effective January 8, and Jack Fleming as Chief Communications Officer, overseeing the USPTO’s communications team. Learn more: https://bit.ly/48ke3at

It’s National Trivia Day, and we’re testing your knowledge.  The USPTO hires multiple patent examiners in ALL these fiel...
01/04/2024

It’s National Trivia Day, and we’re testing your knowledge.

The USPTO hires multiple patent examiners in ALL these fields throughout the year, but one of them is now closed for applications. Which one of the following degrees are we not currently seeking?

Find the answer (and apply) on USAJOBS: https://bit.ly/patent-23.

P.S. Did you know that the creators of Trivial Pursuit filed for trademark registration in 1981, the same year the game hit the market?

01/03/2024

Over the last two decades, utility patent applications involving AI have seen an increase of 150%.

In the words of Kathi Vidal, “AI is going to be ubiquitous.” From healthcare to climate science, no industry will be left unaffected by it in some way or another, which is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under Kathi’s leadership, has made it a top priority.

In this episode, Kathi explains how she and her team at the USPTO are adapting to the growing influence of AI, including their approach to engaging with the public, their emphasis on training, and their commitment to principles of safety, security, reliability, and transparency (among others). We also discuss how they are advancing diversity and inclusion and how they are ensuring that the US maintains its position as a leader in the AI space.

In this final episode of 2023, tune in for some food for thought on the evolving relationship between AI and IP!

🎧 Listen now:

Apple: https://apple.co/3ebWO4n
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3C2dVO8

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Special thanks to our AI series sponsor, FirstIgnite!

Policymakers and business leaders will share advice on how to empower women founders in tech during our next Women’s Ent...
01/03/2024

Policymakers and business leaders will share advice on how to empower women founders in tech during our next Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event live from CES!

Join us to hear from:

🎤 Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

🎤 Katherine Dei Cas, Executive Vice President Delivery Systems & Services, EMD Electronics

🎤 Suezette Robotham, Senior Director, Executive Recruiting Equality Strategy Salesforce

🎤 Sonia Wadhawan, Director, Global Business Development, Google, Founding Member of CTA Diversity Investment Committee

Register: https://bit.ly/3H3Iw0s

I can’t believe it’s not patented … wait, yes, it is 🧈    in 1871, Henry Bradley received patent No. 110,626 for improvi...
01/03/2024

I can’t believe it’s not patented … wait, yes, it is 🧈

in 1871, Henry Bradley received patent No. 110,626 for improving the process of making lard for cooking; you know it as the product that gives richness and structure to your favorite dishes.

In Bradley’s improved process, ingredients are placed into a tank, agitated, washed and heated for one hour by steam injection. The steam is removed, the oil is drawn off into vessels to cool, and it’s ready for your kitchen.

Swipe to see trademarks for Oleomargarine products from the 1880s.

Two South Dakota State University professors created digital display and sound systems so dazzling they’ve been used in ...
01/02/2024

Two South Dakota State University professors created digital display and sound systems so dazzling they’ve been used in the Olympic Games, New York City’s Times Square, and the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium.

It started as a way to create opportunities in their rural state.

Al Kurtenbach and Duane Sander, each an electrical engineering professor and South Dakota native, founded their company Daktronics to keep talented graduates in the state. The company started with electronic thermometers but evolved into digital display boards, beginning with a voting system and wrestling scoreboard.

Read their story in our latest : https://bit.ly/4aUP7bF

New Year’s resolution: Protect  ✍️ my ✍️ brand ✍️
01/02/2024

New Year’s resolution: Protect ✍️ my ✍️ brand ✍️

New year, new career! Tell the science or engineering job seeker in your life that we’re hiring patent examiners in mult...
01/02/2024

New year, new career!

Tell the science or engineering job seeker in your life that we’re hiring patent examiners in multiple STEM fields to review patent applications in biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics.

Our examiners can telework from their location of choice in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Apply on USAJOBS: https://bit.ly/patent-23.

We salute the innovators who have created life-saving devices, modern medicine, and gadgets that make us feel like kids ...
12/30/2023

We salute the innovators who have created life-saving devices, modern medicine, and gadgets that make us feel like kids again.

This year, we shared the stories of 12 innovators who – against all odds –overcame tragedies and other barriers to make the world a better place with their leading-edge and creative ideas. Each idea is made possible through critical intellectual property protections that we are honored to help facilitate.

Get the inside story of how inventions you use every day came to be by reading our series: https://www.bit.ly/34yYpaA

Reminder: The non-DOCX filing fee for new, non-provisional utility patent applications will take effect starting on Janu...
12/29/2023

Reminder: The non-DOCX filing fee for new, non-provisional utility patent applications will take effect starting on January 17.

Filing in DOCX provides applicants a more streamlined, secure process and strengthens our ability to examine applications quickly and effectively. The backup PDF option will remain available at no fee. Sign up for an upcoming DOCX training, view FAQs, and more: https://www.uspto.gov/patents/docx

5...4...3...2...1... When we say you could see innovations before they become well known, we mean it!  Want to be the fi...
12/29/2023

5...4...3...2...1...

When we say you could see innovations before they become well known, we mean it!

Want to be the first to see notable engineering patents like this one? We’re hiring patent examiners with STEM degrees for remote, flexible roles: https://bit.ly/patent-23.

Patent search assistance, trademark misconceptions, and resources for all inventors, regardless of socioeconomic status,...
12/28/2023

Patent search assistance, trademark misconceptions, and resources for all inventors, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender identity, or background… we’ve got it all and can help you where you are.

Last year, the USPTO hosted more than 300 virtual events, engaging our stakeholders, from IP novices to seasoned practitioners. Subscribe to our events newsletter to join our virtual events in the upcoming year: bit.ly/2W2F1TQ

Time flies when you’re on a mission to support inventors and inspire the next generation of innovators. With our sincere...
12/28/2023

Time flies when you’re on a mission to support inventors and inspire the next generation of innovators. With our sincere gratitude for another great year …

🤝 Reach new audiences
🎉 Celebrating new milestones
💼 Enhancing customer experience
🧑‍🔬 Encouraging the next generation of problem-solvers
🌎 Finding common ground around the world
🌟 Helping inventors and entrepreneurs take their ideas to the next level

For all this and more, we thank you! Here’s to a new year with new possibilities.

It’s been an award-winning year for Team USPTO! Here’s a look at just a few of the accolades received by our colleagues ...
12/28/2023

It’s been an award-winning year for Team USPTO! Here’s a look at just a few of the accolades received by our colleagues and agency in 2023:

🏅 Individual awards:
> Presidential Rank Award: Valencia Martin Wallace and Bismarck Myrick
> FedScoop 50 Award: Jamie Holcombe
> Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership: Deborah Stephens
> Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Foundation Award of Excellence: Hope Shimabuku
> Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Ambassador Awards: Parikha Mehta and Tiffany Spina
> 47 USPTO recipients of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Award for Excellence
> 263 USPTO recipients of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze award for Superior Performance

🏆 Agency awards:
> Global Top 100 Inspiring Workplaces
> Top 50 Inspiring Workplaces in North America
> Advance.Grow.Accelerate (AGA) Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting Best-in-Class Award
> Platinum and Gold MarCom Awards for educating consumers on counterfeit products (USPTO and National Crime Prevention council)
> World’s Most Accessible IP office web platform
> National Association of Government Communicators - NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards

Join us at our next Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event on January 10 as we broadcast live from CES in Las Vegas. Hear f...
12/27/2023

Join us at our next Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event on January 10 as we broadcast live from CES in Las Vegas. Hear from policymakers and business leaders as they share their stories and discuss how to empower more women founders in tech. Register: https://bit.ly/3GX7YF3

Confirmed speakers:

🎤 Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
🎤 Katherine Dei Cas, Executive Vice President Delivery Systems & Services, EMD Electronics
🎤 Suezette Robotham, Senior Director, Executive Recruiting Equality Strategy Salesforce
🎤 Sonia Wadhawan, Director, Global Business Development, Google, Founding Member of CTA Diversity Investment Committee

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 information about this initiative, visit the WE page on our website: https://www.uspto.gov/initiatives/we

We’re proud of the people who make our agency great! In 2023, we continued to advance innovation while celebrating and r...
12/27/2023

We’re proud of the people who make our agency great! In 2023, we continued to advance innovation while celebrating and recruiting a diverse, talented workforce!

Although inventing toys has been Eddy Goldfarb’s primary passion for more than 80 years, the 102-year-old innovator has ...
12/26/2023

Although inventing toys has been Eddy Goldfarb’s primary passion for more than 80 years, the 102-year-old innovator has explored new creative paths by becoming an author and producing lithophane-like pictorial art, which shows a picture when light passes through on his 3D printer. In 2001, Goldfarb and his son, Martin, received a patent for an apparatus and method related to his lithophane photographs, one of the nearly 300 patents Goldfarb has received.

He credits his longevity to keeping his mind and body active through invention and creative expression.

Read Goldfarb’s story in our latest : https:bit.ly/3uJUB8j

Time to let it fly!   On this day in 1967, Edward Headrick received a patent for his improved design of a flying disc wi...
12/26/2023

Time to let it fly!

On this day in 1967, Edward Headrick received a patent for his improved design of a flying disc with added ridges to stabilize the toy in flight.

The idea for the toy traces back to the 1800s when college students near Bridgeport, Connecticut, started tossing empty pie tins from the Frisbie Pie Company at each other. Decades later, when fascination with UFOs gripped the nation, Walter Frederick Morrison and Warren Franscioni made an improved plastic model called “Pluto Platter." Morrison sold it to the Wham-O toy company that manufactured Hula Hoops.

That’s when Headrick’s ridges were added, and the toy was renamed “Frisbee,” a misspelling of the pie company that helped inspire the toy.

The threat of counterfeit products are many, and they impact all communities. Recently, Deputy Director Derrick Brent an...
12/22/2023

The threat of counterfeit products are many, and they impact all communities.

Recently, Deputy Director Derrick Brent and Tribal Affairs Liaison Susan Anthony spoke with tribal representatives about the widespread sale of fake Native American arts and crafts, which has become a significant economic issue for some tribal nations.

Learn about our efforts to combat counterfeits: https://bit.ly/48skNn8

Candy cane production used to be labor intensive, with the canes being bent manually, and often breaking, as they came o...
12/22/2023

Candy cane production used to be labor intensive, with the canes being bent manually, and often breaking, as they came off the assembly line. Gregory Harding Keller’s patented machine automated this process, as well as allowing for the canes to be cut in exact lengths. Do you know about the technology behind your favorite holiday treat?

We are launching a new program as part of our commitment to expand access to the innovation ecosystem and support under-...
12/22/2023

We are launching a new program as part of our commitment to expand access to the innovation ecosystem and support under-resourced inventors.

The Pre-Prosecution Pilot will offer first-time prospective inventors assistance from USPTO examiners in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their potential patent application, including providing applicants with search assistance using public patent tools.

“Inventors and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the American economy," said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. "From individual inventors working in their garages to major corporations, the USPTO is committed to fostering more innovation for and from all. This new pilot program is another tool in our toolbox to provide a more welcoming and encouraging innovation ecosystem for independent inventors as they seek to protect and bring to market their ideas.”

Learn about the pilot program: https://bit.ly/3RAD2PH

This weekend, and every day, we hope you make time for the people and pursuits that bring you joy.
12/22/2023

This weekend, and every day, we hope you make time for the people and pursuits that bring you joy.

Bundle up and head to the big hill! Samuel Leeds Allen reinvented winter in the 1880s with the Flexible Flyer, a sled on...
12/21/2023

Bundle up and head to the big hill! Samuel Leeds Allen reinvented winter in the 1880s with the Flexible Flyer, a sled on red steel runners that riders could steer with their hands or feet. 🛷 Read the story: https://bit.ly/3lLhRvx

We invested more than $1 million to help first-time inventors secure patents for their ideas. We expanded our Patent Pro...
12/21/2023

We invested more than $1 million to help first-time inventors secure patents for their ideas.

We expanded our Patent Pro Bono program that provides free legal assistance to under-resourced inventors to $1.2 million. Since 2015, lawyers have volunteered almost 100,000 hours of their time and have helped applicants file more than 2,000 patent applications.

Check out more of our commitments in our Agency Financial Report (AFR): https://bit.ly/3tl2gK4

Job seekers often want to know more about a job than the qualifications. What about career (and pay) growth? Work schedu...
12/21/2023

Job seekers often want to know more about a job than the qualifications. What about career (and pay) growth? Work schedule? Day-to-day duties?

Check out our patent examiner brochure to find the answers to these questions. Review the latest special pay rates, find benefits, and more: https://bit.ly/3dSzqIQ.

12/20/2023
Whether it’s a catchy slogan or a heavenly cupcake recipe, your small business probably has intellectual property to pro...
12/20/2023

Whether it’s a catchy slogan or a heavenly cupcake recipe, your small business probably has intellectual property to protect.

Our six-question IP identifier tool will help you determine whether you may have intellectual property eligible for federal protection. We can help you with design patents, utility patents, plant patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Our friends at the U.S. Copyright Office can help you with works of authorship, including musical works and sculptures.

IP identifier tool: https://bit.ly/3N43X51

Hot ice cream for cold days? Now that’s innovation...  Still working on the square sweets that look round, but we think ...
12/20/2023

Hot ice cream for cold days? Now that’s innovation...

Still working on the square sweets that look round, but we think these W***y Wonka trademarks are just the (golden) ticket.

🪀 Class 28 includes toys

🎥 Class 9 includes motion picture films

🍫 And, of course, Class 30 includes candy

The Club for Open Data Enthusiasts (C.O.D.E.) offers USPTO colleagues the opportunity to innovate and enrich themselves ...
12/20/2023

The Club for Open Data Enthusiasts (C.O.D.E.) offers USPTO colleagues the opportunity to innovate and enrich themselves through the power of open data.

From predicting the weather, to discovering insights into how complicated processes such as patent examining operate, now more than ever, there are abundant resources of open, free, available data for anyone to discover new aspects about our world.

12/20/2023

Under Director Kathi Vidal’s leadership, the USPTO is reaching more innovators where they are and empowering them to invent and protect their intellectual property. And we’re not slowing down for 2024!

Congratulations to Director Vidal, who has been recognized by Managing IP as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property.

Elastic – it's fantastic for novel patent designs!  On this day in 1950, Rose Marie Reid changed swimsuit designs foreve...
12/19/2023

Elastic – it's fantastic for novel patent designs!

On this day in 1950, Rose Marie Reid changed swimsuit designs forever when she received a patent for her novel construction of a one-piece bathing suit. Her design incorporated elastic securing bands, which gave the garment a fit snug over a person’s body and removed the need for buttons and other secured slits and openings.

Swipe to see Reid's designs, which are part of an exhibit at BYU 's The Harold B. Lee Library.

📸: Courtesy of The Harold B. Lee Library

Our monthly patent examiner webinars give you the chance to hear from patent examiners and human resource specialists in...
12/19/2023

Our monthly patent examiner webinars give you the chance to hear from patent examiners and human resource specialists in real-time. You can ask about work schedules, training, career growth, benefits, or bonuses.

Experts, like the ones featured here, will talk about the job, from application to training academy to day-to-day work life.

Find the upcoming webinar schedule online at https://bit.ly/3Me1sN6 or watch the recording on our YouTube channel.

One of Eddy Goldfarb’s most iconic creations – the bubble gun – almost never came to be.  Rejected by every major toy co...
12/18/2023

One of Eddy Goldfarb’s most iconic creations – the bubble gun – almost never came to be.

Rejected by every major toy company at the time due to cost concerns, Goldfarb turned to a former business associate and budding serial entrepreneur who took a chance on investing in Goldfarb’s bubble gun.

Enthusiasm for the toy bubbled to the surface at a toy show and the bubble gun has been entertaining generations of children ever since.

Read Goldfarb’s story in our latest : https://bit.ly/3uJUB8j

Advances in digital technology raise new questions and allow for new opportunities. Last week, USPTO Director Kathi Vida...
12/18/2023

Advances in digital technology raise new questions and allow for new opportunities. Last week, USPTO Director Kathi Vidal joined the U.S. Copyright Office and other heads of the G7 intellectual property (IP) offices for a meeting - in the metaverse! Leaders reported on their work to expand access to the IP ecosystem and protect IP rights in new digital contexts, including commerce in non-tangible goods and the very digital environment where the meeting occurred.

Earlier this week, Director Vidal held a roundtable with the USPTO’s IP attachés to hear their stories and expertise in ...
12/15/2023

Earlier this week, Director Vidal held a roundtable with the USPTO’s IP attachés to hear their stories and expertise in navigating a patchwork of differing intellectual property (IP) laws globally. IP attaches play an essential role advancing the IP interests of American inventors and entrepreneurs around the world. In the past year, the attachés have assisted over 9,000 U.S. stakeholders doing business abroad. Find out more about how to get assistance: bit.ly/4575nls

On December 15, 1836, a devastating fire tore through the Patent Office, then housed in Blodgett’s Hotel in Washington, ...
12/15/2023

On December 15, 1836, a devastating fire tore through the Patent Office, then housed in Blodgett’s Hotel in Washington, D.C. Despite attempts to fight the fire, the Patent Office burned to the ground, taking with it the nation’s first 46 years of patents.

Now called the “X-patents,” because they predated our modern numbering system, the more than 10,000 records of early American innovation were never fully recovered. Even today, surviving X-patents continue to be found in museums and archives and even among family heirlooms.

Learn about the X-patents, and what to do if you find one: bit.ly/3RGCUh4

On this day in 1962, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mariner 2 made history when it flew by Venus...
12/14/2023

On this day in 1962, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mariner 2 made history when it flew by Venus, making it the first successful mission to another planet.

The mission helped scientists improve estimates of Venus’ mass – and was notably supported by patented technology.

Three years after the mission, NASA received patent No. 3,206,141 for an attitude control system aboard the spacecraft that led the vehicle in transit and detected deviations from a desired attitude condition. The system was also used to orient the spacecraft for the scientific experiments that captured the data.

But you don't need a spacecraft to see Venus. We recommend a patented telescope.

We not only recruit, retain, and develop a diverse, powerhouse workforce that draws from all sectors of society -- you c...
12/14/2023

We not only recruit, retain, and develop a diverse, powerhouse workforce that draws from all sectors of society -- you can also find communities that value common identities and shared interests.

We have 31 Voluntary Employee Organizations that connect employees with shared backgrounds, interests, or goals and offer them opportunities for networking, outreach, and mentorship. And they have fun, like at this year’s USPTO holiday soiree, where colleagues competed in an ugly holiday sweater contest, danced, and enjoyed a wide variety of desserts.

Women represent fewer than 15% of patent holders – but we are working to change that! Through events like   and our annu...
12/13/2023

Women represent fewer than 15% of patent holders – but we are working to change that! Through events like and our annual Women‘s Entrepreneurship Symposium, we are connecting women entrepreneurs and providing helpful tips along their innovation journey.

Working with a mentor can help you build your network and inspire other women entrepreneurs. We’ve partnered with the Intellectual Property Owners Association on the MENTEE Pilot Program, a collaborative program that brings together women inventors and entrepreneurs.

Learn about our mentoring programs: https://bit.ly/3tzCa2C

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