Profile of Women Inventors
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Profile of Women Inventors

Major findings: The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016. Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016. Gains in female participation in…

What is Interstate Commerce?
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What is Interstate Commerce?

Under Federal Law, interstate commerce is any commercial transactions or traffic that cross state boundaries or that involve more than one state. “Interstate commerce” as it relates to the sale of goods includes transporting the goods across state lines and the mark must be displayed on the goods or the packaging associated with the goods….

Let us Respond to your USPTO Office Action
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Let us Respond to your USPTO Office Action

An office action is an official letter sent by the USPTO. In it, an examining attorney lists any legal problems with your chosen trademark, as well as with the application itself. You must resolve all legal problems in the office action before we can register your trademark. In an office action, an examining attorney may…

PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS
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PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS

PROVISIONAL APPLICATION FOR PATENT FILING DATE REQUIREMENTS The provisional application must name all of the inventor(s). In view of the one-year grace period provided by 35 U.S.C. 102(b)(1) in conjunction with 35 U.S.C. 102(a)(1), a provisional application can be filed up to 12 months following an inventor’s public disclosure of the invention. (Such a pre-filing…

How do I expunge information from my submitted patent application?
201904.16
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How do I expunge information from my submitted patent application?

To expunge information submitted in incorrect application: Where the USPTO can determine the correct application file that the papers were actually intended for, based on identifying information in the heading of the papers (e.g., application number, filing date, title of invention and inventor(s) name(s)), the USPTO will transfer the papers to the correct application file…

Watch out for Trademark Solicitations!
201812.06
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Watch out for Trademark Solicitations!

What is a trademark-related solicitation? A solicitation is an offer of services, or a notice of an upcoming filing deadline with an offer of services, usually requiring a fee. Private companies often use trademark application and registration information from USPTO databases to mail or email trademark-related solicitations to trademark applicants and registrants. While these solicitations…

Is Your Trademark Confusingly Similar to Your Competitor?
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Is Your Trademark Confusingly Similar to Your Competitor?

Relatedness of Goods and/or Services Even if two marks are found to be confusingly similar, a likelihood of confusion will exist only if the goods and/or services upon which or in connection with the marks are used are, in fact, related. Whether the goods and/or services are related is determined by considering the commercial relationship…

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What Every Small Business Should Know About Trademarks

This video is a must for anyone interested in starting a business to sell a product or offer a service. It highlights the important role of trademarks in that process, including a discussion of how trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ. It gives guidelines on how to select the right…