Friday, July 29, 2016


You successfully registered your trademark. What's next?

The registration alone will not suffice in protecting your brand.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Camp Invention Molding Young Minds in Bangor

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It’s been called the nation’s premiere summer enrichment day camp program.
Camp Invention made its way to Bangor this week.
Camp Invention is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark office, as well as the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Students at the William S. Cohen School are presented with a problem and challenged to find solutions.
They’re asked to design prototypes and think of the best ways to market what they’ve come up with.
“We are hoping that through camp invention for one thing the children can think outside the box, become problems solvers because our world needs to have those active thinkers and be able to also work in a team.” says Barbara Clewley, Co-Director of Camp Invention.
The camp is for first through sixth graders, and can also take students with learning disabilities.

It will return next summer.

Saturday, July 16, 2016



Calif. Universities Top in U.S. Utility Patent Grants
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07/13/16
The University of California system and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the top two slots in a 2015 ranking of U.S. utility patents granted to universities.

By Joseph Marks

July 12 — The University of California system and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the top two slots in a 2015 ranking of U.S. utility patents granted to universities.

Stanford University, the University of Texas and Tsinghua University in Beijing round out the top five on the list, which is based on Patent and Trademark Office data and published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

This is the third year the organizations have published the list. The California system and MIT have taken the top two slots all three years.


Universities and their related research foundations frequently patent new inventions and license the technology to companies.


Universities and their licensees have also not been shy about pursuing infringement cases. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation won $234 million in damages from Apple in 2015, after proving the company incorporated chip technology developed by university researchers into its iPhones and iPads (201 PTD, 10/19/15).


Marvell Technology Group Ltd. settled an infringement case brought by Carnegie Mellon University for $750 million in February. The settlement came after a federal appeals court overturned a $1.54 billion jury award. Carnegie Mellon ranks 63rd on the 2015 patent recipient list (32 PTD, 2/18/16).

Top 10 Largely Unchanged


Collectively, the top 10 universities or university systems on the list were granted 2,070 patents in 2015, compared with 2,016 in 2014 and 1,818 in 2013. UC system patent grants grew from 399 to 489 during that period.


The list's top 10 slots have remained largely consistent in its first three years. Positions six through 10, in 2014 and 2015, were filled by the California Institute of Technology, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.


Georgia Tech Research Corp., which holds patents for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, edged out Johns Hopkins in 2013.


“The rate at which our universities are producing groundbreaking technologies is growing faster than ever,” Paul R. Sanberg, president of the inventors' academy, said in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joseph Marks at jmarks@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek at mwilczek@bna.com
 



Friday, July 15, 2016

USPTO Keeps the Door Locked for Marijuana-related Services

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

IBM, Samsung, Canon Lead IPO's 2015 Top 300 Patentee List
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06/30/16

The top 10 U.S. patent grantees in 2015 was virtually unchanged from the previous year, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Associations' annual list.

By Tony Dutra

June 29 — The top 10 U.S. patent grantees in 2015 was virtually unchanged from the previous year, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Associations' annual list.

IBM Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and Canon K.K. remain the top three, with 16,738 patents among them. IBM was granted over 7,000 patents for the second consecutive year.

Intel Corp. replaced Panasonic Corp. in the top 10. The others in the top list are Qualcomm Inc., Google Inc., Toshiba Corp., General Electric Co., Microsoft Co. and Sony Corp.

The IPO split Panasonic into two intellectual property management divisions. Together, they received 1,932 patents, good enough for a 13th place finish if they had been combined.

Beijing, China-based BOE Technology Group, with 276 patents granted, is the highest-ranked organization new to IPO's top 300 list.

A first-time appearance on the list, at No. 183, of Elwha LLC, is also notable. Bloomberg identified the Bellevue, Wash.-based firm as a unit of non-practicing entity Intellectual Ventures well known for buying patents, but also does its own research. NPE tracker PlainSite says that Elwha is the assignee of over 22,000 patents. But IPO's list looks only at assignments upon issuance, suggesting the 176 patents resulted from Elwha's own research and development.

The Patent and Trademark Office issued 298,407 utility patents in 2015, by the IPO's count, with more than 50 percent going to the companies on the list. A total 35 companies received over 1,000 patents. The four companies tied for the last spot on the list were each granted 107 patents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Dutra in Washington at adutra@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek in Washington at mwilczek@bna.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduces: FINANCIAL MANAGER

What is Financial Manager?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched Financial Manager, a new, easy to use online fee payment management tool. 

Key Features:

* Store Payment Methods
* Assign User Permissions
* Receive Email Notifications
* Generate Custom Reports

Financial Manager will be released phases. The first has just occurred. When Financial Manager goes live, the current Financial Profile system and Office of Finance On-Line Shopping Page will be turned off and replaced with Financial Manager and the Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront.

Future releases will continue to improve your online fee payment management options.  By the final release of Financial Manager, you will be able to complete most of your financial activities with the USPTO online with speed and accuracy.

Financial Manager will provide you with new capabilities to:

Store and Manage Payment Methods
* Maintain credit/debit card, deposit account, and/or electronic funds transfer EFT) information for use in future payments.

Assign Secure User Permissions
* Provide customizable access to your stored payment method(s), assigning other Financial Manager
users one or more of the following permissions:
   * Administrator
   * Fee Payer
   * Funds Manager
   * Reporter

Receive Administrative Notifications
* Receive administrative email notifications based on your permission(S) for each stored payment method.

General Custom Reports
* View recent transactions and administrative history; view and export transaction searches and monthly statements as PDF, Excel, and/or CSV files.

Any questions you may have can be sent to fpng@uspto.gov.

www.uspto.gov/FinancialManager

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Alibaba's Jack Ma: Better-Than-Ever Fakes Worsen Piracy War
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06/15/16

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma said Chinese-made counterfeit goods today have gotten better than the genuine article, complicating the effort to root out fakes on the country's largest online shopping services.

By David Ramli and Lulu Yilun Chen

June 14— Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma said Chinese-made counterfeit goods today have gotten better than the genuine article, complicating the effort to root out fakes on the country's largest online shopping services.

Global brands have long relied on China and other low-cost manufacturing bases to beef up margins. But those same factories have gotten savvier over the years and are now using the Internet—including Alibaba's platforms—to sell their own products straight to consumers, Ma told the company's investor conference on June 14. Still, Alibaba is the best in the world at fighting the sale of counterfeits, he added.

“The problem is that the fake products today, they make better quality, better prices than the real products, the real names,” Ma said in Hangzhou, China. “It's not the fake products that destroy them, it's the new business models.”

“The exact factories, the exact raw materials, but they do not use their names.”

Alibaba is drawing scrutiny

Failing to clean up online bazaars like Taobao could alienate merchants and shoppers abroad, particularly at a time when Alibaba is drawing scrutiny from both investors and international brands over its reputation as a haven for knock-offs. Its membership in the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, a nonprofit global organization that fights counterfeit products and piracy, was suspended in May after questions were raised about conflicts of interest involving the coalition's president. That's after its inclusion in the group irked some members who said the company wasn't going far enough to cull fakes from its marketplaces.

Right or wrong, Ma's comments on the caliber of counterfeits may not sit well with those trying to tackle an endemic problem that's tarred China's image abroad.

“It's inappropriate for a person of Jack Ma's status to say something like this,” said Cao Lei, director of the China E-Commerce Research Center in Hangzhou. “For some individual cases what he's saying might be true, but it's wrong to generalize the phenomenon.”

Ma wants to get more than half the company's revenue from outside China within a decade and a cooling domestic economy makes the fight against counterfeiters more pressing.

Alibaba pleaded its case to hundreds of members of the IACC that it has the data, technology and desire to help keep fake brands off its online marketplaces. Its collaboration with Chinese law enforcement in 2015 resulted in the arrest of 300 people, the destruction of 46 places where counterfeits are made and the confiscation of $125 million worth of products, President Michael Evans told the group in May.

“We would love to work with the branded companies,” Ma said, adding that the company had around 2,000 staff working on the problem. “We cannot solve the problem 100 percent because it's fighting against human instinct. But we can solve the problem better than any government, any organizations, any people in the world.”

Bigger Than Amazon and Ebay

Alibaba handles more e-commerce than Amazon and eBay combined. It expects to reach 423 million online shoppers around the world this year, mostly through its Tmall.com and Taobao Marketplace sites. It aims to have 2 billion consumers by 2036 and double gross merchandise volume to 6 trillion yuan ($911 billion) by fiscal 2020.

“Alibaba has a remarkable amount of big data at their disposal and I believe there are many triggers which could help them identify fakes better than they are doing at present,” said Mark Tanner, managing director of the China Skinny, a research firm in Shanghai. Those included price variances, reviews, and selling patterns, he said.

While battling the immediate problem, Ma is also keeping an eye on the longer term. Ma said his goal of reaching 2 billion users would require more success in rural China, which he estimated had 700 million people. While there is merit in calls for expansion in Malaysia, Indonesia and India, Ma said the domestic approach would be more successful because his company understood the local market better.

And he already has an eye to posterity, telling investors that over 90 percent of key company meetings, decisions and events have been recorded on video to be analyzed by future generations studying Alibaba.

To contact the reporters on this story: David Ramli in Hong Kong at dramli1@bloomberg.net; Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at ychen447@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Robert Fenner at rfenner@bloomberg.net Edwin Chan