Blog: Patents & Trademarks
Independent Inventors Congress
In August the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is hosting the 16th Annual Independent Inventors Congress in Alexandria, VA. For two days, independent inventors and small business owners will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and jumpstart their creative endeavors.
New Director for the USPTO
In January 2014 Michelle K. Lee became the Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, headquartered in Alexandria, VA.
Patent fees reduced
Independent inventors, who meet certain criteria, are now eligible for a 75% discount on regular patent filing fees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Minnesota is an Inventive State
This patent depository library is proud to acknowledge the recent StarTribune article announcing the Twin Cities and Rochester as the top centers for innovation, based on the number of patents issued in the state. Patent facts and figures and filing research is available anytime from Hennepin County Library.
USPTO Moves to a First-to-File system
On March 16, 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will implement a first-inventor-to-file system. The U.S. is the last industrialized country still using the first-to-invent system.
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