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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent during a ceremony with United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, DC. The patent for the ornamental design for a “Hand-Held Learning Apparatus” was issued to Jason Avery of Berkeley, California and is currently assigned to Emeryville, California-based LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.

BMW Has Seen the Future, and It’s Carbon

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The material, which is thinner than human hair yet tougher than steel, is what BMW used to fashion the passenger frame on its i3 electric car, which went on sale on Nov. 16 in Germany and will hit U.S. showrooms in the first half of 2014.

Spaceflight Companies Look to R&D Clients for Repeat Business

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Commercial space travel is getting closer to reality as Virgin Galactic plans to fly 100 kilometers into the sky and taking us closer to near-zero gravity…Read more.

USPTO and the Taiwan IP Office Establish a Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Aug 22, 2011

The PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, as the designated representative of the American Institute in Taiwan, today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, as the designated representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States. The PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination workload and improves patent quality.

The expedited examination in each office allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. Under the PPH pilot program, an Office of Second Filing (OSF) may utilize the search and examination results of an application filed in the Office of First Filing (OFF) in a corresponding application filed in the OSF.

Through PPH, an applicant receiving a ruling from the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office that at least one claim in an application is patentable may also request that the USPTO fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. Similarly, if the USPTO determines that at least one claim is patentable, the applicant may request accelerated processing of corresponding applications filed at the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office.

Full requirements for participation in each trial program at the USPTO can be found at Information on the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s program may be found at

The purpose of this trial program is to gauge the interest of applicants and determine if the program improves quality and efficiency and reduces the workload at the USPTO as well as the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office. The trial period will start on September 1, 2011, and is set to expire on August 31, 2012, but may be extended or terminated earlier depending on volume of activity and other factors. The offices will provide notice of any adjustment in the trial period.


A patent attorney as Japan’s prime minister

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Naoto Kan, the elected new prime minister of Japan, faces the mammoth task of addressing a struggling economy. It is interesting to note that Naoto Kan has been a registered patent attorney for nearly 30 years. He is the owner of a patent on automatic calculator for scoring the game of mahjong