Monday, May 23, 2016

How Abraham Lincoln Became the Only U.S. President to Hold a Patent

President Lincoln
Lawrence Thornton / Getty Images circa 1860: Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States.

His "manner of buoying vessels" was patented on May 22, 1849

As a president, Abraham Lincoln has many unique distinctions: Honest Abe, the Great Emancipator, the first presidential assassination victim.
He also remains to this day the only U.S. president to hold a patent in his name. Lincoln invented a “manner of buoying vessels” that was awarded U.S. patent number 6,469 on May 22, 1849 — 167 years ago this weekend.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

IAM Blog - May 06, 2016
In some ways not much has changed since the IEEE Standard Association’s (IEEE SA) new patent policy came into effect in March last year. There remains a group of tech companies led by Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia who refuse to license their standard essential patents (SEPs) under the new rules while, on the other side, the IEEE and another, larger band of tech companies including Cisco and Intel, insist that the changes were vital in bringing clearer guidelines to licensing on fair, reasonable and non discriminatory (FRAND) grounds.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Program gives young entrepreneurs help to create businesses

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor

DEARBORN, Mich. - The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses.
YEA! guides high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year.
YEA! has graduated almost 600 students over the past 7 years, who have started almost 450 businesses and social movements!
YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies.
For more information, click here. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Learn how to protect your trade secrets from theft. An FBI special agent will be visiting the Central Library of the Saint Louis Public Library on Tuesday, May 10th @7 p.m. in the second floor training room. They will discuss how theft impacts businesses, and will provide indicators and way to mitigate the problem.

For further information about this program, please call the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at (314) 539-0390 or email

All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thank-you to the USPTO for visiting our St. Louis Public Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center. The following three programs were well represented and offered the St. Louis community free patent and trademark searching advice.

United States Patent and Trademark Office Programs:
Monday, April 25, 2016,  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Library 2nd Floor Training Room
Advanced Patent Searching Workshop - A free hands-on training workshop for entrepreneurs, educators, and legal professionals featuring speakers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 4.2 CLEs for workshop, for attorneys.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Library Auditorium. Patents and Trademarks presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Get the information you need to protect your intellectual property. A free seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, and legal professionals featuring speakers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  8.0 CLEs for Attorneys.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Central Library 2nd Floor Training Room. Advanced Patent Workshop - A free hands-on training workshop for entrepreneurs, educators, and legal professionals featuring speakers from the United Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
4.2 CLEs for workshop, for attorneys.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Come Learn About Pro-Bono Patents at this week's Venture Cafe @ 7pm TOMORROW
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (4240 Duncan St, St. Louis, MO)

What do the ice cream cone, Twitter and Shark Tank success Myself Belts have in common?  They all are associated with St. Louis inventors!  The metro area is home to thousands of makers, inventors, designers and idea-people.  Are you one of them?  Ever wondered if your special "something" should be patented?

Determining if a patent is right for you, and where to begin, can seem complex and overwhelming (not to mention expensive!)  Come learn what resources are right here in St. Louis, as well as where you can go for help an djoin us as a panel shares their knowledge and experience in the protection of inventions and how the USPTO pro bono patent program works.

Michele Rutledge, Executive Director of Gateway VMS, will moderate a panel of experts who can give you the answers ranging from 'where do I start?', to 'who can I ask for help? Our panalists include:

  • Marc Bowers - St. Louis Makes, Founder & Chief Volunteer
  • Spruce Fraser - Inventors Association of St. Louis, Director Emeritus
  • David Deal - Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic, Washington University School of Law, Co-Director
  • SPECIAL GUEST from DC and appearing for one night at Venture Cafe: John Kirkpatrick - US Patent Pro Bono Program Coordinator
  • Mark Donohoe, St. Louis inventor, and first successful patent recipient via Gateway's USPTO pro bono program

Monday, April 11, 2016

REMINDER - The USPTO is coming to the Saint Louis Public Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center from Monday, April 25th until Wednesday, April 27th.  

Our USPTO guest speakers will be Michael Hydorn and Rob Berry. They are both very accomplished and knowledgeable on how to search for patents and trademarks using USPTO tools found on the USPTO web site, plus the advanced search tool PubEast, all available at the St. Louis Public Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center.
Free CLE's are offered for attorneys! CLE certificates will be provided. 

Advanced Patent Searching - Monday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be held in the Central Library Training Room located at 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103. (4.2 CLE)

Getting the Information to Protect Intellectual Property - Tuesday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This will be held in the Central Library auditorium. Must enter from Locust St entrance. 
(8.0 CLE)

Advanced Patent Searching - Wednesday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 1 pm. This will be held in the Central Library Training Room. (4.2 CLE) 

Registration is required. Stop by Central Library's Patent and Trademark Resource Center (also in the Science & Technology Room) to register, or email Phone Spruce at (314) 539-0390 if you have any questions.

Michael Hydorn

Dr. Hydorn is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) Program’s former patent examiner in-residence. He is a part of the USPTO's information dissemination group; he assists attorneys, entrepreneurs, inventors, and legal professionals in their dealings with USPTO. Dr. Hydorn joined USPTO in Fall 1991 as a chemical & biotech patent examiner working in Group 120 - Organic Chemistry where he primarily examined new heterocyclic medicinals and their related biotechnology; he also served Group 120 as the acting Office Automation Advisor. In March 1995 he became affiliated with the Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) Program, and for over 10 years he led an interagency partnership team with several PTDLs. He was responsible for all aspects of the development, implementation, management and evaluation of the partnership project that led to the technology and services for all PTDLs to become PTRCs.

Dr. H (as he is commonly known to his students; we call him – Michael) holds the evening-hours post of Adjunct Professor at Germanna Community College (GCC) in Fredericksburg Virginia, instructing undergraduate and nursing students, both on-site and via distance learning, teaching each semester including summer terms.  He joined GCC in Spring 2006 as an adjunct chemistry professor; and he teaches Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, General Chemistry and Marine Biology. 

Dr. Hydorn resides near Fredericksburg (Falmouth) Virginia with his wife of 35+ years - Dr. Debra L. Hydorn (a statistics, mathematics and biology professor at the University of Mary Washington).  They have two adult children – Sarah and David, a grandson - Sebastian, and have two young cats – Inara and Zoe.  He is Minister of Byzantine Music at St. Raphael Orthodox Christian Church in Chantilly, VA; and he is an enthusiast of nearly all things maritime.

Dr. Hydorn holds a dual B.S. with senior theses in Chemistry (fluorescense) and in Marine Biology (tidal ecosystems); an M.S. in Chemistry (asymmetric organic synthesis, biophysics, and molecular genetics); a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography (marine aquarium stabilities); a D.Div. in Applied Theology; a Ph.D. and a further D.Sc.Chem. in Medicinal Chemistry (antibiotics, chemodiagnostics, and chemotherapeutics). He was a Robert A. Welch Foundation Fellow at the University of Texas – San Antonio (chemodiagnostics); and he held a Summer Postdoctoral Internship with Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Ann Arbor (antibiotics).

Rob Berry

Rob is currently serving as the PTRC Program’s 27th Fellow.  Rob has been a Research Librarian at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut since 2007 and PTRC Rep there since 2009.  Rob is an attorney admitted to practice in New York.  Prior to undertaking a career in libraries, Rob was an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department’s Special Litigation Unit.  Rob’s scholarly interests include intellectual property policy, Native American legal history, the Spanish Civil War, critical theory, propaganda, and anti-discrimination law.

Rob has a BA in Sociology from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University.  Rob’s hobbies include film, running, guitar, and Latin American literature.