New Office To Harmonize Global Patent System The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created a new office to harmonize the global patent system. The new office is named the Office of International Patent Cooperation. The USPTO’s deputy commissioner stated, “the USPTO had many successful programs fostering international patent cooperation prior to the…

“All Your Base Are Belong To Us” A previous blog entry stated that Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has “donated” Tesla’s patent portfolio to the public. Musk titled this blog “All Our Patent Are Belong to You”, an obscure reference turned internet-meme regarding a hilariously poor translation of a nintendo game called Zero Wing. The…

PCT International Phase, Post Allowance, And Recordal Of Assignment Fees Reduced The United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) is reducing some of its fees. The USPTO is a fee driven department similar to the United States Post Office (USPS). What distinguishes the USPTO from the USPS is that the USPTO is in the black…

Patent Office Stays Open While many federal offices have been shuttered pending the budget impasse, the USPTO is not currently one of them. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has fund reserves to last at least four weeks. If the furlough extends beyond four weeks time, the USPTO will keep the IT department running…

Martin Professional A/S, the powerhouse in the entertainment lighting industry, was awarded a US patent on a moving light/manual follow spot hybrid titled “Intelligent Light Fixture With Manual Follow Spot Function.” Patent number 8,449,141, with a priority date of Dec 23, 2010, is shown below. This is an interesting design and could be useful for…

“Baseballs Evil Empire” Rejected For Patent The TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeals Board) rejected a trademark application for the phrase “Baseball’s Evil Empire” from a company named Evil Enterprises, Inc. because the judges ruled that the Yankees are strongly associated with that phrase. The Yankees were often labeled the ‘Evil Empire’ as an insult because…

Help For Those Trying To Quick Smoking For those with a new year’s resolution of quitting smoking, congratulations! For you, we have a virtual reality smoking system patent to help you on your way. The first claim is rather fun; I revel in imaging a real-world prototype: 1. A virtual or augmented reality smoking system,…