Michelle Lee Nominated As Director Of Patent Office On October 16, 2014, the White House announced the nomination of Michelle Lee, a patent attorney, as the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee possesses a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and received her JD from Stanford…

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…

Full Patent Downloads Now Available In late August 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has finally offered full patent downloads with images. This is a great leap forward for our patent office. In order to use this excellent added feature, simply search the USPTO website as usual. You will find the quick search link…

Video Series Designed To Inspire Future Inventers The United States Patent and Trademark Office teamed up with the National Science Foundation, the National Science Teachers Association, and NBC Learn to create a video series designed to inspire future inventors, patent examiners, and IP attorneys. The Science of Innovation video series show the science behind inventions and…