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US Patent: 305,102

DATAMP Wacky Patents - 5 min 44 sec ago
Illuminating device for frightening rats and mice Patentee: John H. Nelson - South Lima NY Granted:1884-09-16

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 92,379 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,352 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 1,129,752

Combined anvil, vise and drill Patentee: Francis R. Stewart - Crookston MN Granted:1915-02-23


This is one of 71,327 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 221,855

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 14, 2021 - 11:36pm
Improvement in fire-escapes Patentee: Benjamin B. Oppenheimer - Trenton TN Granted:1879-11-18

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 305,102 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,327 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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CA Patent: 243,440

Pipe Vise and Stand Patentee: Leo McCloskey - Essex Ontario CA Granted:1924-10-07


This is one of 71,303 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 256,265

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 13, 2021 - 11:34pm
Device for waking persons from sleep Patentee: Samuel S. Applegate - Camden NJ Granted:1882-04-11

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 221,855 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,303 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: RE8,525

Improvement in bit-stocks Patentee: Henry L. Pratt - Brooklyn NY Granted:1878-12-17


This is one of 71,286 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 1,175,513

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 12, 2021 - 11:34pm
Massage apparatus Patentee: Louis W.G. Flynt - Chicago IL Granted:1916-03-14

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 256,265 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,286 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a training webinar on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or EFS-Web. Filing in DOCX provides many benefits in the patent application process, including:

  • eliminating the need to convert structured text into a PDF for filing
  • instant feedback analysis to detect common errors that may otherwise delay processing an application
  • automatic metadata detection and removal to support the submission of only substantive information in the file

The eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will provide information and conduct a demo using the Patent Center training mode, followed by a question-and-answer session. Applicants are encouraged to use the Patent Center training mode to practice filing in DOCX without saving/storing data to USPTO systems.

Register to attend a May training webinar:

You will receive instructions for joining the webinar via email prior to your registered session.

For more information and to view frequently asked questions, visit the DOCX page of the USPTO website.

For assistance, questions, or feedback, please contact eMod@uspto.gov.

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Tip Tuesday: Filing a patent application on your own -- Pro Se Assistance Program

The patent process is a complex set of laws, regulations, policies and procedures; therefore, the USPTO always recommends using a registered patent attorney or agent to assist in preparing your application. The USPTO also recognizes that the cost of legal assistance is prohibitive for many applicants, particularly independent inventors and small businesses. The Pro Se Assistance Program is dedicated to help independent inventors and small businesses meet their goal of protecting valuable intellectual property.

The Pro Se Assistance Program provides outreach and education to applicants (also known as "pro se" applicants) who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent. USPTO employees cannot give legal advice. However, through increased assistance and resources for independent inventor and small business communities, the program aims to increase the quality of pro se applications and assist pro se applicants with making informed decisions regarding their patent applications.

Why is educating yourself about intellectual property protection important?

Intellectual property protection is critical to safeguard products and services from imitation, attract and secure funding from outside investors and promote the overall commercial success of any enterprise. In addition, the value of a patent is largely dependent upon skilled preparation and prosecution. Educating yourself is an important first step to develop an intellectual property strategy that can yield substantial economic benefits for your company and endeavors.


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Copyright and the visual arts: Current issues

In the wake of the global pandemic, individual artists and small arts organizations are struggling to maintain their previous program schedules and income streams. Register now   for this free virtual program, which will highlight how a better understanding of copyright challenges and opportunities can help visual artists, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and arts organizations find their path to a post-COVID recovery.

The program will feature presentations by copyright attorneys from the United States Copyright Office and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, who will cover the following topics: 

  • copyright fundamentals
  • current copyright issues that affect arts organizations
  • fair use doctrine and moral rights in the United States
  • steps artists and arts organizations can take to protect their intellectual property.

Question-and-answer sessions will follow each presentation.


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Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent: No. 9,364,354

[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 88 (Monday, May 10, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Page 24852]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-09846]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-P-2021-0027]


Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No.
9,364,354; Reducer[supreg]

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of interim patent term extension.  [TEXT]  [PDF
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June 2 webinar on NMTI nomination process

The USPTO is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States. To learn more about the nomination process, attend our webinar on Wednesday, June 2, at noon ET.

Anyone can nominate for the NMTI by submitting the online nomination form and letters of support. Applicants must complete nominations before midnight ET on July 30. We invite a wide range of submissions that will demonstrate the breadth of innovation taking place throughout the United States. Nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged.

For more information, and to attend the June 2 webinar about the nomination process, please visit the NMTI webpage on the USPTO website.

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United States issues patent number 11,000,000

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity.  

“This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring tradition of American innovation that has driven our nation forward for generations,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Building our economy back stronger requires new ideas and innovative solutions from every sector. I am proud to recognize patent 11 million, its inventors, and its promise.”

“Since the founding of our nation, American inventors have driven our culture and commerce with incredible ideas that have improved every function of our lives,” said Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “We owe a debt of gratitude to inventors who continue to show up day after day with solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. We congratulate the inventors behind patent 11 million and all of the innovators who helped the country reach this milestone.”

Patent number 11 million, granted to co-inventors Saravana B. Kumar and Jason S. Diedering of 4C Medical Technologies, Inc. in Maple Grove, Minnesota, is for a utility patent that provides a new method for delivering, positioning, and/or repositioning a collapsible and expandable stent frame within a patient’s heart chamber.

“We are incredibly excited and honored to be granted U.S. patent number 11 million for our invention,” said inventor Saravana Kumar. ”The 4C Medical beginning is a true story of American entrepreneurship, where Jason and I worked in a garage many nights and weekends to turn this idea into reality. We could not have gotten here without the support of so many, including my wife Katherine and 4C Medical’s founder, physician Dr. Jeff Chambers. Currently, our team is actively working to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to treat patients with severe mitral regurgitation as part of a U.S. clinical trial.”  

“4C Medical’s approach to inventing is simple—we identified a need, created a solution, and demonstrated its benefits. We are a team of highly driven and creative engineers who are committed to bringing lifesaving technologies to people who need it most,” explained inventor Jason Diedering.  

Background on the U.S. patent system

Patents predating the Patent Act of 1836 were unnumbered, identifiable only by the name of the patentee and the date of issue. These patents became known as “X-patents” after Patent No. 1 was granted to Senator John Ruggles on July 11, 1836 for a traction wheel for steam locomotives—the first patent issued under the new law, which officially assigned patent numbers. A few months after the Patent Act of 1836 was enacted, a catastrophic fire at the Patent Office destroyed almost all of the records and models related to the X-patents. Efforts to reconstruct the records lost in the fire continue to this day.

Patent 11 million comes three years after the USPTO issued patent number 10 million in 2018. As part of that celebration, the USPTO redesigned the official U.S. patent cover—the seal-and-ribbon document awarded with each patent grant—paying homage to the classic elegance of its predecessors. A list of the patent milestones can be found here.

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Next week: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors

On Friday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, don’t miss a special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) innovators. Take this opportunity to hear from National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) inductees about their world-changing technological achievements and from inventors advancing the fight against COVID-19. Register early.

Agenda (subject to change)

Opening remarks

Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Moderator

Julie Mar-Spinola, Chair, USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC)

Panel one: NIHF inductees–Inventing a better world

  • Margaret Wu, Retired Senior Scientific Advisor, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.
    Wu revolutionized the field of synthetic lubricants. Her work has changed how automobile and industrial lubricants are designed and synthesized and resulted in products with better machine protection, improved energy efficiency, and reduced waste oil.
  • Ming-Jun Li and Pushkar Tandon, Corporate Fellows, Corning Incorporated
    In 2004, experiments with new types of optical fiber led Corning Incorporated researchers Ming-Jun Li, Dana Bookbinder, and Pushkar Tandon to develop what would be named ClearCurve®, a bend-insensitive optical fiber that can bend without significant signal loss. ClearCurve fiber enabled the installation of optical fiber in previously impossible locations and advanced the process of data transmission.

Panel two: Inventors fighting COVID-19

  • Alice Min Soo Chun, CEO and Founder of Solight Design and SEEUS95 Inc.
    Chun invented the first self-attaching transparent N95 mask, the SEEUS95, to reduce the irritation PPE masks can cause wearers and limit their environmental impact. She also invented the SolarPuff, a portable solar light providing individualized access to solar energy.
  • Yiran (Isabella) Yang, Caltech Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Engineering
    Yang’s research focuses on wearable sweat sensors and microfluidics for non-invasive health monitoring.
  • Kevin Tyan, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Kinnos
    Tyan is the co-inventor of Highlight, a powdered additive that colorizes disinfectants blue for improved visibility and coverage and fades to clear when decontamination is complete.

This AANHPI Heritage Month event is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach and Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity as well as the USPTO's Asian Pacific American Network and Korean-American Intellectual Property Organization affinity groups. For questions or assistance, please contact InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.

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An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame

On Thursday, May 27, from 1–2 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inspiring conversation about innovation with Frances Ligler, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee and leader in the optical biosensor industry, and Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Ligler will discuss her work as a groundbreaking biochemist and bioengineer and offer lessons learned from her personal journey.

Register early for this special event.

Ligler holds more than 30 U.S. patents, and her portable optical biosensors are used in labs, food production plants, clinics in developing countries, pollutant cleanup sites, and areas of concern for the military and homeland security. She has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  

This fireside chat is offered by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For questions or assistance, please contact InnovationOutreach@​uspto.gov.  

Don’t forget: The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats year-round. Find one that interests you on the Events page of the USPTO website.

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Learn about the Collaborative Search Pilot program

Learn how you can receive accelerated examination and search results from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) early in the examination process. Join the USPTO on May 18, 24, or 26 for an information session on the Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) work sharing program.

You can use the CSP to access a more comprehensive prior art search by combining the search expertise of examiners at the USPTO, the JPO, and the KIPO before issuing a first office action.

Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit the CSP webpage on the USPTO website.

Please send questions to OIPC@USPTO.gov.

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US Patent: 730,918

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 11, 2021 - 11:29pm
Eye protector for chickens Patentee: Andrew Jackson Jr. - Munich TN Granted:1903-06-16

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 1,175,513 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,260 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 776,412

Buggy Wrench Patentee: William S. Mitts - Saginaw, Saginaw County MI Granted:1904-11-29

A "u" shaped clamping spring provides a nut gripping element on one side of the socket. To release the grip the pressure of the spring is released by an auxiliary lever. Known examples matching this patent with the parts made of malleable castings have no visible markings.
This is one of 71,240 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 18,691

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 10, 2021 - 11:29pm
Improvement in methods of floating horses, &c., across rivers Patentee: Samuel P. Heintzelman - Newport Barracks KY Granted:1857-11-24

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 730,918 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,240 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 556,248

DATAMP Wacky Patents - May 9, 2021 - 11:28pm
Saluting Device Patentee: James C. Boyle - Spokane WA Granted:1896-03-10

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 18,691 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 71,224 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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