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Possible Changes to Come in the USPTO

After the announcement that David Kappos was nominated for the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there has been much speculation about possible reform programs that Kappos may enact.  The USTPO faces a few major problems due to the increase in applications and complexity of technology.  The USPTO is backlogged with [...]

The Global Intellectual Property Center’s State-by-State Fact Sheet

On July 16, 2009, the Global Intellectual Property Center (“the GIPC”) released a comprehensive study on the importance of intellectual property and innovation in America. The GIPC is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The GIPC’s mission is to “champion intellectual property as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, [...]

Department of Justice Turns Against “Pay to Delay” Practice

In the pharmaceutical industry, timing is crucial.  Typically, drugs require years of research and development before they are sold.  A patent for a drug grants the patent owner the exclusive right to research, produce, use, sell, and market the drug for the life of the patent.  When the patent expires, generic companies scramble to enter [...]

DEAD: Power Washing Apparatus

United States Patent No. 5,040,950 (the ‘950 patent) issued on August 20, 1991 for a Power Washing Apparatus and expires on August 20, 2008. High pressure washers have long been used in industrial cleaning applications requiring the removal of surface layers as well as dust-free cutting of some metals and concrete. Municipal workers have also [...]

DEAD: Ankle Brace

United States Patent No. 5,031,607 (the ‘607 patent) issued on July 16, 1991 for an ankle brace and will expire next week on July 16, 2008. Approximately every thirty seconds, an ankle injury occurs in the United States. Of the one million ankle injuries that occur each year in the United States, 850,000 are ankle [...]

DEAD: Aerodynamic Bicycle Helmet

United States Patent No. 5,023,958 (the ‘958’ patent) issued on June 18, 1991 for an aerodynamic bicycle helmet and expired last month on June 18, 2008. A bicycle helmet protects a cyclist’s head by providing impact and shock absorption. Bicycle helmets have evolved from simple cloth or leather head coverings to hard outer shells supported [...]

DEAD: Cellular Telephone

United States Patent No. 4,706,273 (“the ’273 patent”) expired on November 11, 2007 for a CELLULAR TELEPHONE. Recently, the City of Chicago instituted a ban on talking on a cell phone while driving a car. The goal is simple: to cut down on accidents and reckless driving to make for safer streets. However, if everyone [...]

DEAD: Alarm and Communication System for Water Skiers

United States Patent No. 4,689,611 (“the ’611 patent”) expired on August 25, 2007 for an ALARM AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR WATER SKIERS. Water skiing has all the qualities of an enjoyable summer activity: water skiing is fun, exciting and involves a body of water. Water skiing may be a fairly safe activity; however, injuries happen [...]

DEAD: Bill Counting Machine

United States Patent No. 4,677,682 (“the ’682 patent”) expired on June 30, 2007 for a BILL COUNTING MACHINE Some machines are encountered by people everyday and are taken for granted. The machines that one encounters during a trip to the bank are no different. Any time cash is deposited or disbursed, bill counting machines perform [...]

DEAD: Carrying Bag for Cones with Frozen Comestibles

United States Patent No. 4,674,128 (“the ’128 patent”) expired on June 16, 2007 for a CARRYING BAG FOR CONES WITH FROZEN COMESTIBLES. “For here or to-go?” may not be a question often asked at ice cream shops. Perhaps ice cream shops should use the invention described in the ’128 patent to give the to-go ice [...]