Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Next Inventors Association of Saint Louis Meeting

If you have not yet attended an Inventors Association of Saint Louis (IASL) monthly meeting, now is the time to do so. Networking, listening to a panel discussion, and more networking. On the first Thursday of each month, the IASL will hold their meetings at the Venture Cafe location of 4240 Duncan Street, on the second floor. Please bring your business cards, for you will be meeting individuals who can help get your new business off the ground.

Next IASL meeting on 2/1/2015. Come as early as 3 pm to network, stay as late as 8 pm. However, panel discussion will be scheduled for 5 pm. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hear Ye..... Hear Ye....... IP5 Patent Offices Just Released 2013 Statistics
Yesterday the USPTO announced that it, the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), collectively known as the “IP5 Offices,” have released their 2013 IP5 Statistics Report.

The report is said to “facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow, and comparing procedures.” A total of 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the IP5 Offices in 2013 and almost 957,000 patents were granted. The IP5 Offices handle about 89% of patent applications worldwide.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Inventors Association of Saint Louis - New - at Venture Cafe Location

Yesterday I attended the third monthly meeting of the Inventors Association of Saint Louis, which was held at 4240 Duncan Street, at the Venture Cafe. What an amazing event! Not only as a Director did I get to meet old members, but I got to meet over 100 new people that thought it was a worthwhile event to attend. Clearly, our new location and mix of people, has promoted more people to attend and find out what kind of networking they can find for their new service or product.

As an inventor, you might just need to get positive feedback on your idea. You might need to find a mentor that can help you get in the right direction to find funding, a manufacturer, or patent and trademark attorney or agent. If this sounds like you, do come to our 2015 monthly Inventors Association of Saint Louis meetings.

Please check back on this blog for the next meeting date. If you are an inventor, you will not be disappointed attending this meeting. Networking will rule!

May you and your family have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SLU Trademark Certification Program

A great start to collaboration with Saint Louis University - School of Law, when Professor Patricia H. Lee gave an awesome presentation to our trademark community at last night's trademark workshop held at the Central Library, of the Saint Louis Public Library. Two participants even drove from Columbia, Missouri to hear her talk. 

Explanations of what is a trademark were thorough. They were detailed. Questions asked covered the  laws to uses of trademarks for branding a product. Many examples of trademarks were given so that participants could understand better how to use a trademark for their business.

Thanks again to Professor Lee for her sharing of trademark information.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Trademark Workshop Guest

This coming Tuesday, December 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a free trademark workshop given in the training room of the Central Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center. The PTRC librarian will be providing laptops for attendees to use while they follow how to use the United States Patent and Trademark web site ( 

Besides learning the tricks of how to do a trademark search, we will be having a guest speaker, Associate Professor and Director, Legal Clinics, at the Saint Louis University School of Law, Patricia Lee, J.D. Her office is at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., Suite 704, Saint Louis, MO 63101-1930. She may be reached at her directly at her office at: (314) 977-4155, or use the general phone line at (314) 977-2778. Email is: Website is:

If you are interested to attend this workshop, please call our SLPL PTRC at (314) 539-0390 to reserve a place.  Space is limited, so please call to reserve a spot.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Moonshiners Take Their Fight to the Trademark Office

by Patricia Clark  October 30, 2014
Read about how trademark law has been used to protect a moonshine signature product.

Under U.S. law, the right to use a trademark is usually conferred to the first company to make commercial use of a given word, symbol, or phrase. But what qualifies as commercial use? That question was at the heart of what passes for a modern-day moonshine war.

The story begins in 2011, when Carolina Moon Distillery, an Edgefield (S.C.)-based company whose signature product is a small-batch corn whiskey marketed as moonshine, started the process of gaining federal and state distillery licenses. The distilling company didn’t start selling hooch until the end of last year. In the meantime, North Charleston (S.C.)-based Terressentia, which makes private-label booze using a process that’s supposed to make unaged spirits taste older, applied for the “Carolina Moon” trademark.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 What is PubEast?

  •  PubEAST - The "public" version of the Examiner's Automated Search Tool provides seamless access to multiple text data sources including the Pre-Grant Publications (US-PGPUB), U.S. Patents (USPAT), U.S. Optical Character Recognition (USOCR), European Patent Office (EPO) Abstracts, Japanese Patent Office (JPO) Abstracts, and Foreign Patent Retrieval system (FPRS) databases, as well as image data sources for full and clipped images.  PubEAST provides a form-based search capability for novice users, and enables expert users to submit searches in Bibliographic Retrieval System (BRS) syntax and IS&R syntax. (Access via a PTRC Workstation
This is the definition from the USPTO web site of what PubEast is all about. From a librarian, it is another method to search the USPTO patent database. When we search an electronic catalog for materials found in our Library, we often use Boolean search terms of "and", "or", and "not". These are terms that you can use when searching PubEast. I would recommend an advanced patent search to use PubEast. Come prepared. Figure out your keywords that you idea/invention entails. It will make searching much easier and faster.

When you want to search to see if a patent has been already approved for your idea, and you want to search using PubEast, call (314) 539-0390 to ask when you can make an appointment to use one of the two dedicated computers available to search located in the Science and Technology Room / Patent and Trademark Resource Center

I will be presenting on November 18th a PubEast presentation, where attendees will find in more detail how to search this resource. Please call (314) 539-0390 to reserve a spot. Space is limited.