Blog: Patents & Trademarks
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.
Watch Out for Imposters
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is alerting inventors and trademark owners to be wary of some private companies using official-looking documents to sell unnecessary services.
Third Party Application Examination
For the first time ever, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will allow third parties to participate in the review of pending patent applications.
Commonly asked patent questions
Think your invention might be patentable? Click here to get answers to your questions.
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