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Facebook Opposes Trademark of Shagbook

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The UK online dating site Shagbook has applied for a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) — and if there were a “dislike” button available, Facebook would’ve clicked it. Since there’s no such button, Facebook followed the usual procedure of filing an opposition, a proceeding in which one party, who “believes […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 11th, 2011 at 7:06 am

President Urges Congress to Send Him Patent Reform Bill

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Each chamber of Congress has pushed the country one step closer to what many consider a major reform of patent law—and the President is ready to see it. In a press conference earlier today, President Obama urged Congress to send him the “America Invents” patent reform bill to encourage innovation, and both House Speaker John […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 29th, 2011 at 10:15 am

USPTO Continues to Offer Expedited Processing for “Green” Patent Applications

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to offer the Green Technology Pilot Program, which provides free expedited processing for utility patent applications that claim “green” technology. Qualifying technology includes inventions that: -          improve environmental quality; -          increase energy conservation; -          assist in the development of renewable energy resources; -          reduce greenhouse gas […]

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May 1st, 2011 at 9:29 am

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Deadline for 2011 National Trademark Expo Applications Approaching

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The 2011 National Trademark Expo will be held on Friday, October 14th, and Saturday, October 15th, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Why are we letting you know so far in advance? Because deadlines for exhibitor applications is just around the corner — June 15, 2011. The Expo is held every year […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 30th, 2011 at 9:54 am

USPTO Patent Fast Track on Hold

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Just two weeks ago, we talked about the new “Fast-Track” program by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designed to expedite the patent process. Fast-Track: meet speed bump. The USPTO has announced that, as a result of the new budget signed by President Obama on April 15, the agency won’t be able to go […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 28th, 2011 at 7:36 am

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USPTO Offers Expedited Patent Review — For a Fee

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Update: The information contained in the post below has changed. To see the updated information click here. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a “fast track” beginning May 4 that will get a patent application reviewed within 12 months — although it will cost applicants an extra $4,000 for the expedited […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 12th, 2011 at 8:35 am

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USPTO and Google Make Online Patent Research Easier — and Free

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Searching for patent and trademark information online just got a lot easier — and less expensive too. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has agreed to make available nearly 10 terabytes of data that had previously been off limits, restricted, or available only through paying fees, free online through a search feature at […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 14th, 2010 at 11:37 am