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US Patent and Trademark Office

Inventive Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.29.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Learn about more she-roes and celebrate amazing women. All of these women are profiled in the book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. We are proud to stand on their shoulders and honor their contributions.

Modern Design Competition Allows Middle School Students to Invent and Patent their Own Creations

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.12.2016 | Science
Natalie Kalin

The patent process is a nightmare for an adult, let alone younger patrons. Fortunately FIRST--an organization dedicated to bringing STEM programs and activities to young students--is giving middle schoolers an opportunity to invent and patent their own designs without any of these obstacles.

Free Speech or to Be Free of Speech?

Simon Tam | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Simon Tam

We should not let the fear of a football team regaining trademark registration justify the suppression of rights for other groups.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office CIO: IT Must Be Agile, Productive and Customer-Focused

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.22.2016 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The USPTO's mission was defined in the United States Constitution, where our forefathers designed a system to protect intellectual property. The basic concept was that as an inventor you should profit from your ideas.

The NFL 'Playbook' for Defending Racism Against American Indians

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Sports
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

The Washington team's inappropriate response is unfortunately consistent with the "playbook" that the Washington team and NFL continues to use to defend the offensive and harmful team name and logo of the Washington team.

'Comfyballs' Underwear Denied Trademark Because 'Balls'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business

A Norwegian apparel company has little left to say besides "balls!" after its trademark application for men's underwear was denied by the U.S. Patent ...

ALS Association Withdraws Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Applications Amid Backlash

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

The ALS Association has withdrawn applications to trademark the terms "ice bucket challenge" and "ALS ice bucket challenge," after steps taken to clai...

Emily Swanson

The Most Popular Alternative Name For The Washington Football Team Is... | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most people don't think the Washington Redskins should change the team's name, but if the team ever decides to do the decent thing, Amer...

There's Never Been A Trademark As Offensive As Redskins

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is clearly not a big fan of the Washington Redskins. The normally sleepy U.S. Trademark Trial And Appeal Board...

Meet the Navajo Activist Who Got the Washington Redskins' Trademark Revoked: Amanda Blackhorse

Democracy Now! | Posted 08.19.2014 | Sports
Democracy Now!

Native Americans and other critics of the Redskins' brand have hailed the ruling as the latest sign team owner Dan Snyder will inevitably be forced to drop it.

Defiant Redskins Respond To Trademark Cancellations

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 06.18.2014 | Sports

The Washington Redskins remained defiant after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for its name in a lan...

Designer Baby Technology May Be Here, But Will We Use It?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology

We may be one step closer to designer babies. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent last Tuesday to the Silicon Valley company 23and...

23andMe's Designer Baby Patent

Dov Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dov Fox

Congress should consider amending the patent law to appoint ethical representatives to the PTO. Its present staff, given their alternative professional backgrounds and competing professional responsibilities, cannot reasonably be expected to account for the relevant methodology and literature.

U.S. Gov't: Pleeease Stop Asking Us To Ban Competitors' Products

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 03.11.2013 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies that own a key patent, such as those that ensure mobile and other electronic devices wo...

Denver Gets Patented

Posted 07.03.2012 | Denver

Denver was among three other cities selected to be the new regional office locations for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Other patent office loc...

Carlos Harrison

Rum Wars: Bacardi Wins Battle, Will Sell Havana Club Across U.S. | Carlos Harrison | Posted 06.13.2012 | Latino Voices

The Rum War is over. Or, at least, the Battle of Havana Club. For now. On Wednesday, the clock runs out on Cuba's claim to the rum brand in the...

Guess Who Nabbed The Lin Trademark More Than A Year Ago

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

(Corrects typo in third bullet point) * China ball maker registers Jeremy Lin trademark * Difficult to take trademark fr...

Detroit To Get Own Patent Office, 100 High Tech Jobs

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 01.11.2012 | Detroit

A long-time-in-the-making satellite branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has finally found a home in Detroit. The former Stroh's brewery ...

Improving Your Agency's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Ranking

Tom Fox | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Organizations struggling to improve their rankings would be wise to understand what successful agencies have done, and then adopt those strategies to build a more engaged and, ultimately, a more effective workforce.

Man Wins Patent To Build Snowman

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 11.24.2011 | Weird News

There is no shortage of bizarre patents, such as the wheeled flower pot and the crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Ignacio Marc Asperas of...

The Startup Act: A Proposal To Jumpstart The American Economy

Carl J. Schramm | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Carl J. Schramm

It's time to re-start America by jump-starting our startup engines of growth. We have no time to waste.

Paul Ryan, Hal Rogers (Rightfully) Oppose Proposed Patent Office Budget Bonanza

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

In this day of trillions of dollars in national debt, should any government agency be given free reign to spend as it sees fit, without any oversight ...

Shortchanging Our Inventors Is Slowing Our Economic Recovery

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 07.05.2011 | Business
Sen. Chris Coons

Congress' delay in ending patent-fee diversion is costing America jobs at a time when we desperately need to be getting more Americans back to work. We need to fight for the power of good ideas.

Protecting A Business Idea: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.04.2011 | Small Business

It happens to almost every aspiring entrepreneur. You have a brilliant idea for a groundbreaking business, an innovative product or a better-than-the-...

Patents: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Darren Dahl | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

On July 31, 1790, President George Washington awarded the first U.S. patent to Vermont resident Samuel Hopkins for his process of making potash, a fer...