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First patent issues from USPTO’s accelerated examination program

On Tuesday, Brother, the company best known for printers and copiers, received the first patent issued based on an application filed under the USPTO’s accelerated examination program. The patent, number 7,188,939, relates to ink cartridges, and resulted from an application filed on September 29, 2006, just over a month after the accelerated examination procedure became […]

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Viacom sues YouTube, Google for copyright infringement

In a press release today, Viacom, owner of the MTV and Comedy Centraltelevision networks (among others), announced it is suing YouTube and its parent company, Google, for copyright infringement. The lawsuit seeks over $1 billion in damages. The parties had been in negotiations for YouTube/Google to have a license to provide Viacom’s content on YouTube, […]

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USPTO to institute pilot project to allow public comments on pending applications

The Washington Post today provided more detail about a pilot program previously mentioned in this post. Under the program, the USPTO would post pending patent applications that have become accessible to the public (such as after they have been published). Members of the public would then be able to comment on the applications, and even […]

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New rules limiting continuation applications coming soon?

According to multiple

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USPTO Director Jon Dudas talks patent reform

Over at ZDnet there is very good coverage of a recent speech about patent reform by USPTO director Jon Dudas. Mr. Dudas spoke at the Tech Policy Summit on the issue of whether the patent system was hurting innovation. Mr. Dudas stated that the biggest problem leading to bad quality patents is the obviousness requirement, […]

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On this date: 1842

William Greenough patents the first sewing machine. Patent available at the USPTO here, and at Google here.

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Where is the real “Icebox of the Nation”?

In what can only be described as a chilling trademark dispute, the cities of International Falls, Minnesota and Fraser, Colorado are battling over the right to call their respective cities the "Icebox of the Nation." At issue is International Falls' trademark registration, number 1599660, for "COLD WEATHER TESTED CITY OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS IN THE ICEBOX […]

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Happy National Inventors’ Day!

Today is National Inventors' Day, a day to celebrate the contributions that inventors have brought into our lives. National Inventors' Day is today (February 11) because it is also the birthday of one of the most prolific inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison, who was awarded 1,097 patents over the course of his lifetime, […]

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Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2007 inductees

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees. In all, 16 inventors were inducted, 7 living and 9 posthumously. Those honored include: Paul Baran and Donald Davies for digital packet switching Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield for Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Emmett Chappelle for Bioluminescence techniques Leroy Hood for the automated DNA […]

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Bush proposes 8% increase in USPTO funding for fiscal 2008

In his proposed budget released on Monday, President Bush proposed $1.9 billion in funding for the USPTO in fiscal year 2008. In addition to this amount, USPTO fees would also not be diverted to cover other government programs, instead permitting the USPTO to use the full amount of collected fees for operating expenses, including hiring […]

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