Saturday, October 11, 2014

Next Meeting of Inventors Association of Saint Louis is Thursday, November 13, from 5-8p.m.

-  5-6 p.m. Networking
-  6-7 p.m.  IASL Panel Discussion - Speakers TBA
-  7-8 p.m.  Meet the Panel/Break out discussions/networking

Venture Cafe @ Cambridge Innovation Center
4240 Duncan Ave., 2 nd FLOOR  - St.Louis, MO  63110 (near HWY 40 and Vandeventer)

Free, ample parking (park on the NW corner of the building); enter on the NW corner


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cortex Innovation Community

The beginning of October this month the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)opened at the Cortex technology district. The Cambridge Innovation Center, also known in St. Louis as CIC@4240, houses start-ups, emerging and industry-leading companies. It is based in Cambridge, MA.

RubinBrown, an accounting and business consulting firm based in Clayton, MO, have opened a satellite office at Cortex so that they can help emerge companies to build their own businesses. CIC hopes to eventually house as many as 75 companies at this CIC@4240 location, from entrepreneurs and growth businesses to strategic service firms and investor groups.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

USPTO Announces On-Line Trademark Resources

IPO Daily News - October 1, 2014

The USPTO is helping trademark customers. Today they announced that there is a new on-line resource available. If you go to their web site, you will have an opportunity to use a new tool.

Besides finding new tools on their web site, customers are asked to provide their comments for trademark improvements. If you go to their website and click on the link for trademark news, you are provided information on how to submit your comments on improving trademark information on the web site.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Provisional Patents

When inventors visit our Saint Louis Public Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center, one of the first things they ask me is, "Do I need a provisional patent?" Of course, as a librarian, I kindly advise them that I am not an attorney and can not provide them any legal advice. However, I can provide them a paper brochure and web site link that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has created to help inventors solve that question.

Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for a patent which was designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States and to give U.S. applicants parity with foreign application under the GATT Uruguay Round Agreements.

According to the USPTO, "a provisional patent application for a patent is a U.S. national application for patent filed in the USPTO under 35 U.S.C. 111(b). It allows filing without a formal patent claim,
oath, or declaration, or any information disclosure (prior art) statement.  It provides the means to establish an early effective filing date in a later filed non-provisional patent application files under 35 U.S.C. 111(a). It also allows the term "Patent Pending" to be applied in connection with the description of the invention."

So, do still come in to visit the PTRC to talk with the Patent and Trademark Resource Center librarian. However, just do not expect to walk out with their decision of what you should be doing - filing a patent or a provisional patent. That will always be your decision.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

South Florida Federal Courts Ends Pilot Patent Program

Daily Business Review, September 8, 2014

As the Southern District of Florida became a mecca for patent cases, judges decided to opt out of a 10-year pilot program assigning the bulk of newly filed cases to a handful of judges.
John Pacenti, Daily Business Review
The patent troll has struck again.
As the Southern District of Florida became a mecca for patent cases, judges decided to opt out of a 10-year pilot program assigning the bulk of newly filed cases to a handful of judges.
Three years into the program, the district decided to pull the plug, partly because the complex cases are led by claims from parties that don't make real products. They just purchase patents for the sake of litigation.
In one of his final acts as chief judge, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in June issued an administrative order terminating the pilot program for patent case assignments.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

United States Patent and Trademark Office - New Kids Web Site

Commerce Blog - September 08, 2014
Did you know that only one U.S. president earned a patent? Do you know which one? Have you ever wondered where the famous expression “The Real McCoy” comes from? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a newly redesigned section of its website for kids, but not kids alone! Parents, teachers, and teens will find lots of resources as well as hands-on activities for anyone from preschool to high school. The website encourages students of all ages to engage making, inventing, and discovering the importance of intellectual property. The site also exposes future inventors and entrepreneurs to the inventive thinking process. Come see something new and exciting!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Grand Opening of Central Library's cafe!

 You're invited................. at 

Saint Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103.


Free parking at Olive and 15th Streets.