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 sfraser@slpl.org.


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 http://www.uspto.gov, 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 sfraser@slpl.org. 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.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

What Are USPTO's Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?
 National Review
April 3, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains several patent prosecution trends, goals, and programs to justify spending of its collected fees in its recently issued Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional Justification Report. 




What Are USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains several patent prosecution trends, goals, and programs to justify proposed spending of its collected fees in its recently-issued Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional Justification report.  The report provides patent, trademark, and global intellectual property budgets for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) and beyond.  The report focuses on various patent-related areas including patent application pendency, patent quality and examination efficiency, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) operations and trial activities, and information technology (IT) associated with these areas
- See more at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/what-are-uspto-s-patent-plans-fiscal-year-2017#sthash.y7DoNF7k.dpuf





What Are USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains several patent prosecution trends, goals, and programs to justify proposed spending of its collected fees in its recently-issued Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional Justification report.  The report provides patent, trademark, and global intellectual property budgets for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) and beyond.  The report focuses on various patent-related areas including patent application pendency, patent quality and examination efficiency, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) operations and trial activities, and information technology (IT) associated with these areas
- See more at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/what-are-uspto-s-patent-plans-fiscal-year-2017#sthash.y7DoNF7k.dpuf

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Patent Office Director Michelle Lee on Patents and Innovation

wbur Boston's NPR News Station
March 31, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office oversees more than 6 million patents today. The first one went to a Vermont farmer who figured out how to make potash, an agricultural fertilizer, back in 1790.
“It was that important to our founding fathers that we have a system that promoted American innovation,” said Michelle Lee, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. “And it’s my understanding that the first patent examiner was Thomas Jefferson, who kept patents in a shoebox.”
Lee is the first female to hold that position, overseeing an agency with 12,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $3 billion. She is an MIT-trained computer scientist, and returned to her alma mater to give a lecture, amidst growing debate about the need to reform the U.S. patent system.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nikola Tesla, an American Immigrant and One of the Most Important Inventors Ever

www.ipwatchdog.com
By Steve Brachmann
March 24, 2016

It is no understatement to say that Nikola Tesla is one of the most important inventors of all time.  The discoveries made by this European-born innovator during his 86 years of his life permeate our modern world and include important advances in electricity and radio development.  Concepts which Tesla first dreamed of more than a century ago are still being pursued today, including wireless energy transmissions and data networking.