On December 22, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a “major power outage”, resulting in damaged equipment that shut down the IT systems. The US Patent and Trademark Office provides full online electronic filing and processing for US patent and trademark applications and for maintenance of issued US patents and trademarks.  As…

There are several TV shows that help independent inventors to achieve their dreams.  Most viewers are familiar with the Shark Tank.  Shark Tank has inventors/entrepreneurs compete for funding from potential investor sharks.  A newer show is called Make Me a Millionaire Inventor.  It is different from Shark Tank because once an inventor is selected to…

On January 17, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office reduced its filing fees for Federal Trademark Applications. The fees for online filing of TEAS Plus was reduced by $50 to $225 per class of goods or services.  The TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) Application is a new type of online application having a filing…

        The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an online toolkit to help individuals with basic information concerning trademarks.  The website is located here. The Trademark Toolkit includes a link to: General information about trademarks; How to respond to a Cease and Desist letter; What to do if an infringement…

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (“ALS”) has withdrawn its US Trademark Applications that include the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and ALS ice bucket challenge.  The group posted to Facebook explaining its decision: We’ve received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect…

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