Monday, May 18, 2015

Inventors Association of Saint Louis May 7th Jonah White Meeting

If you missed the last meeting of the Inventors Association of Saint Louis, with Jonah White as our guest, please consider viewing the attached link.

IASL May 7th Link to Video

I have received the link to the video from the May 7th IASL meeting including speaker Jonah White with Billy-Bob Products. It is about 1 hour in length. It was awesome and inspiring!

Kevin Harvell from STL Tech Media provided this video pro bono and is a great friend and strategic partner of mine. Please keep him in mind for your video production needs.

If you were able to attend or missed it, the entire segment is attached for your viewing pleasure. Please feel free to share/forward as well.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jonah White - Inventor of Billy Bob Teeth

On May 7, 2015  Inventors Association of  St. Louis (Held at the Venture Cafe Gathering @ CIC 4240 Duncan Ave (2nd Fl) St. Louis, MO 63110), had Jonah White as a guest, with the following hours:

5-6 pm: Networking with Jonah White in Venture Cafe
6-7 pm: Jonah White special event in Havana Room (1st 120 People only)
7-8 pm: Meet and greet with Jonah White after the speaking event

Jonah White, this self-made millionaire created the first Billy Bob teeth in the mid-1990s... fast forward a few years later, and he has over 200 products that are sold around the world with a multi-million dollar business.  In addition to his Billy-Bob empire, he has a new hit TV show called "Gags to Riches" on the Discovery Channel where inventors from all over pitch him amazing "redneck" ideas in the hopes to get buy in to go to market. While not working on new products, he is building out his amazing compound in Calhoun County, IL to create Cave Man experiences.  He also has an amazing family that is part of his every day journey of truly enjoying "another day in paradise" with his dozens of amazing animals that he has raised as pets on his land.  There is so much to tell about Jonah - please come and hear it for yourself first hand on how he has used his life experiences to make him the inventor, idea creator, and innovator he is today.

All of the attendees appreciated Jonah's down-to-earth explanation of how he became an inventor of Billy Bob Teeth, and how he lived. Taken from his discussion, Jonah's philosophy is:

"Opportunity is what you make of it.
Don't loose your identity.
What are your motives?
What is your income?
There's no better agent than yourself.
Need health and ambition.
Don't need money to be happy."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

FREE Webinars - Going Global with Intellectual Property

Please find below an invitation from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for all to join a series of FREE USPTO/Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) webinars titled "Going Global with Intellectual Property." I hope that many will be able to fit this into your busy schedules.

Free USPTO/MBDA Webinars: Going Global with Intellectual Property
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a series of free 1-hour webinars starting on April 28 to provide business owners with useful information on the international aspects of intellectual property and conducting commerce at home and overseas.  Expanding a business globally for growth and profit opportunities requires keen insight about complex international laws that can often vary from country to country.
Tune in and get insightful information from senior USPTO intellectual property experts Susan Anthony, Michael Neas, and Susan M. Richey. The information discussed will help you protect and promote your intellectual property rights abroad.
Webinar Series Schedule
Tuesday: Copyrights – April 28, 1 p.m. ET
Webinar overview:  There is no such thing as “international copyright,” but most countries do offer copyright protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions.  Nonetheless, today’s businesses are increasingly facing both national and global copyright issues through protection and use of copyrighted materials in the digital age.  This webinar will lay the foundation with a brief explanation of the Berne Convention, followed by a discussion of the ways in which copyright laws in the countries of the world are similar or different, and conclude with examples of typical scenarios encountered by today’s businesses in protecting and using copyrighted works on the internet.  Participants also will be provided a “refresher” on what copyright is and the importance of copyright to all businesses, regardless of the industry or nature of the business.

resenter:  Susan Anthony is the Acting Director for the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs in Alexandria, Virginia. GIPA provides training and education on all intellectual property issues – patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright – for foreign and U.S. government officials, U.S. small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to the general public. Ms. Anthony has a broad range of experience and expertise in almost all facets of intellectual property protection and enforcement, in the United States and abroad.
Wednesday: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – April 29, 1 p.m. ET
Webinar overview:  Discover how filing an international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can simultaneously assist you in seeking patent protection for your invention in 148 countries around the world. Also, learn how the PCT provides guidance to collaborating patent offices on patent granting decisions, and offers the public access to technical information relating to intellectual property issues.

Presenter:  Michael Neas
 is the Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Neas has spoken extensively on PCT subject matter to organizations such as national and local bar associations, and foreign IP Offices. In addition, Mr. Neas and his staff provide training on the filing and prosecution of PCT and United States (U.S.) national stage applications to inventors, applicants, patent practitioners, patent examiners, and paralegals.  His staff also provides direct assistance on PCT and U.S. national stage applications via the USPTO’s PCT Help Desk call center.

Thursday: Trademarks – April 30, 1 p.m. ET
Webinar overview: Well-protected, strong trademark rights provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademarks distinguish your business from those of your competitors by signaling it as the source of particular goods and services and assuring consumers that a certain level of quality accompanies those goods and services. As such, trademarks often represent one of the most valuable assets that a company can own.
This webinar will equip today’s businessperson with a fundamental understanding of this valuable form of intellectual property and offer a framework for protection of their marks at home and abroad. Although protection of trademarks can be complex and varies country by country, by learning some basic strategies, today’s business person can safeguard these important assets whether the company does business on a national or international basis.

Susan M. Richey is the Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms. Richey has been a frequent speaker on IP issues, has authored several law review articles and has co-authored a book on trademark valuation. She has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Trademark Reporter, as chair of the INTA Panel of Neutrals, and as a member of INTA’s Academic Committee. Before joining the TTAB in 2014, Ms. Richey served as a Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Register today for the webinar series and learn some valuable tips that will help you to protect your innovations and market your products effectively at home and abroad.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

USPTO Glossary Initiative


According to The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), they will continue to accept applications for its Glossary Pilot Program to June 2, 2015 or until 200 petitions are granted for participation to the program. The pilot program was designed to be flexible and accommodating to all application drafting styles, with a goal of determining if including a glossary aids in patent prosecution, and results in greater claim clarity. The glossary pilot was designed to be flexible with regards to the types of definitions provided as well as the different styles of glossaries submitted to the program. The Glossary Pilot Program requires that applications be classified in software-related technological fields that falls under examination jurisdiction of Technology Centers 2100, 2400 and 2600 or the Business Methods area of Technology Center 3600. For complete information, please visit:

Glossary Initiative

Glossary Initiative
In June 2013, the White House issued a series of Executive Actions concerning high-tech patent issues. Executive Action No. 2 concerned functional claiming, specifically, (i) improving functional claim clarity; and (ii) possible glossary usage in patent specifications. The White House assigned Executive Action No. 2 to the USPTO, stating: "The AIA made important improvements to the examination process and overall patent quality, but stakeholders remain concerned about patents with overly broad claims-particularly in the context of software. The PTO will provide new targeted training to its examiners on scrutiny of functional claims and will, over the next six months develop strategies to improve claim clarity, such as by use of glossaries in patent specifications to assist examiners in the software field."
NOTE: Some material linked to from this page may require a PDF viewer.

Glossary Pilot - Extended for six months through June 2, 2015

The guidelines below provide general information on specific requirements under this pilot program and are merely supplemental to the program requirements as set forth in the Federal Register notice, Glossary Pilot Program FR 79, 17137 (March 27, 2014) (link is external) [PDF] .




Contact Us

For further information please contact us by e-mail or telephone:
E-mail: (link sends e-mail)
Contact: Seema Rao,
Director, Technology Center 2100