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PPA (Provisional Patent Application) Common Questions Answered – with Patent Attorney Jake Ward

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 28, 2020

USPTO ushers in new era with introduction of electronic patent grants.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 27, 2023

Via Press Release from USPTO – February 27, 2023

WASHINGTON—Beginning April 18, 2023, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is shifting towards issuing paper waste-reducing electronic patent grants (eGrants) to patent recipients—a new process that delivers the official copy of patent grants in an electronic format. We will provide a bound paper version as a ceremonial copy throughout a limited transition period, and then for a nominal fee thereafter.  

“By issuing eGrants, we’re making considerable strides toward more environmentally-conscious operations at the USPTO,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “Providing 21st century service to our stakeholders means shifting our processes to reflect 21st century policies. The eGrant process not only minimizes paper waste, but it also benefits stakeholders by reducing pendency and streamlining the process. It’s a win-win for the agency and for our customers.”

The eGrant process significantly decreases USPTO’s printing and mailing needs, potentially reducing patent pendency, and saving the agency nearly $2 million in annual printing and mailing costs. Further, under the new process, patent recipients will receive their electronic patent grant in PDF format on the day of issuance.

During the transition period, patent awardees will have access to the eGrant official copy in Patent Center and receive the bound paper version as a ceremonial copy. Patent recipients may still request USPTO certified copies and presentation copies from the USPTO’s certified copy center for an additional fee. Unlimited free copies of eGrants can also be printed from USPTO’s online Patent Center. The agency already provides electronic trademark registration certificates to trademark owners.

For more information, read the full Federal Register Notice or visit the eGrant webpage on the USPTO website, where you can find our eGrant FAQ document and additional information.

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Startup Bootcamp (OneSixOne Ventures x JumpStart)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 11, 2023

Startup Bootcamp is a 1 day workshop teaching startup founder’s everything from ideation to raising capital for your startup


OneSixOne Ventures has partnered with JumpStart Inc. to bring a FREE one-day workshop on how to launch your startup and raise capital. This is an extensive full day workshop that will cover the basics of being a successful founder.

When: Saturday February 18, 2023


  • Bootcamp: 12:30p – 5:00p
  • Networking Happy Hour: 5:00p – 6:00p

Where: Clark-Fulton Learning Center, Cleveland Public Library3545 Fulton Rd.​ Cleveland, OH 44109​


  • Early stage (ideation, pre-revenue, pre-seed)
  • Located in Ohio
  • Diverse and underrepresented founders
  • Considered “tech” within the domains of Software/IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Biomedical, Energy, or Life Sciences
  • Large market opportunity (venture backable)

Registration Link:

Beware of spoofed calls that impersonate the USPTO.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 1, 2023

Press release from USPTO today:

Beware of spoofed calls that impersonate the USPTO

Scammers have recently started calling trademark customers and falsely claiming to be an employee with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The scammers use a tactic called “spoofing,” where they will trick phone networks into displaying a name, number, and location different from their actual name, number, and location. They’re trying to trick you into believing you’re talking to the USPTO, so they can steal money or personal information from you. 

If you receive a call from someone you suspect is a scammer, do not give them any personal identifying or payment information. The USPTO will never ask for your personal or payment information over the phone.

If you suspect that you have received a spoofed call:

  • Contact the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) to verify the call was from a USPTO employee and for assistance on what to do next.  
  • If you have the number that called you, please give it to the TAC representative who answers your call.   
  • Check the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system to see official communications we’ve sent you about your trademark submission. (You can view the documents we’ve sent by entering your application or registration number in TSDR and selecting the “Documents” tab).  

Learn more about what to do if you’ve been scammed and how you can protect yourself.

Docketing Specialist at Ward Law Office, Full-time Remote Position

Posted in Our Firm by Jake Ward on January 26, 2023

Ward Law Office LLC (WLO) is a virtual “IP boutique” law firm with attorneys and staff located primarily in Ohio and Michigan. WLO has an immediate opening for a Docketing Specialist with 2+ years’ experience in IP docketing. This position will report to the Operations Manager and will assist with docketing of all legal matters of the law firm. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills and experience with docketing practices including the AppColl intellectual property management software. Familiarity with legal forms and procedures for filing patent and trademark documents at the USPTO, and a willingness to assist our rapidly growing firm in other legal tasks, is also preferred. This is a full-time remote position with opportunities for training and advancement in a fast-paced and rewarding environment.

WLO represents a wide variety of clients ranging from independent inventors to Fortune 500 companies, in many different industries and technologies. The firm was founded to provide high quality patent and trademark services while also being flexible to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our passion is helping and educating inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. If you share this passion, we are the right firm for you.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Kristi Ward, Business Manager, at For more information about the firm, applicants are encouraged to visit our website at

USPTO introduces new tool to help creators identify their intellectual property.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 18, 2023

Press Release from USPTO

Today at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event in Naples, Florida, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal announced the launch of the agency’s new Intellectual Property (IP) Identifier tool. This user-friendly, virtual resource— designed for those who are less familiar with IP—enables users to identify whether they have IP and the IP protections they need to support and advance their business, invention, or brand. The IP Identifier serves as an important foundation for an innovator, entrepreneur or creator’s IP journey. In addition to the tool helping identify a person’s or company’s intellectual property, it provides easily digestible information on intellectual property – patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. 

“Protecting your IP is a smart and necessary business strategy, and the IP Identifier is a great starting point for those new to IP,” Director Vidal told the audience at the WE event. “This resource will equip entrepreneurs with a basic understanding of the IP they have and will lead them to resources to protect it. We encourage everyone who is considering starting a business or trying to grow one to utilize this tool. It’s another example of our work to bring more people into the innovation ecosystem to increase American competitiveness, grow the economy, and solve world problems.” 

The IP Identifier is comprised of two modules: The Basic IP Identifier; and the Advanced IP Identifier. The Basic IP Identifier module consists of six simple questions that allow users to quickly assess the type of IP they should protect. The Advanced IP Identifier module allows users to learn about their specific type of IP and obtain links to additional resources, including how to file an application for protection. A third module, Managing your IP assets, is currently under development. 

Companies benefit from having IP protection. When used as collateral, a company’s first patent increases venture capital funding by 76 percent over three years and increases funding from an initial public offering by 128 percent. It can also help serve as a recruiting tool: The approval of a startup’s first patent application increases its employee growth by 36 percent over the next five years. Further, protecting your IP can also increase your market share – a new company with a patent increases its sales by a cumulative 80 percent more than companies that do not have a patent.

The IP Identifier was announced as part of USPTO’s recently-launched Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) initiative, a community-focused, collaborative, and creative initiative to inspire women and tap their potential to meaningfully increase equity, job creation, and economic prosperity. WE includes a new online hub for aspiring women entrepreneurs that provides key information on how to get started, how to identify and protect their intellectual property, and how to secure options for funding and how to build and maintain a network. For more information and to get involved with WE, please email Your feedback is welcomed through the voluntary survey, included within the tool, or can be emailed to

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive email updates. Visit our Subscription Center

Changes affecting patent small/micro entity fees

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 6, 2023

Notice Regarding Changes Affecting Patent Small/Micro Entity Fees.

Most small and micro entity fees have decreased with the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023—which included the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022—signed into law on 12/29/2022.  The law increased small entity discounts from 50 percent to 60 percent and micro entity discounts from 75 percent to 80 percent.  The USPTO fee schedule has been updated to reflect these changes.  A rule notice will be published soon to update the fee amounts appearing under Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

For patent issue fees, the fee due is the amount appearing on the Notice of Allowance and Fees Due letter (form PTOL-85).  For other fees, the applicable fee amount is the fee amount in effect on the day the fee is paid (in full).  The day a fee is paid is the date of receipt of the fee payment in the USPTO under 37 CFR § 1.6, or the date reflected on a proper certificate of mailing or transmission on the fee payment, where such a certificate is authorized under 37 CFR § 1.8.  

For small and micro entity fees (other than the issue fee) that were paid on 12/29/2022 prior to the enactment of the law, refunds will be issued for the difference between the old higher fee rates and the new lower fee rates.  The refunds will be processed before the end of January 2023; there is no need to submit a refund request for these payments  

Ward Law Office – Thank You and Best Wishes for 2023!

Posted in General Commentary, Our Firm by Jake Ward on December 30, 2022

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Ward Law Office LLC (WLO), an “IP boutique” located in Southfield, Michigan and Tiffin, Ohio, would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you who have trusted our law firm this past year to assist with your patent and trademark needs. We would also like to thank those who have been great resources and business partners to both us and our clients during this time.

Moving into 2023, we are pleased to announce that WLO has now grown to a total of 22 employees and serves over 750 clients worldwide. This is growth that we truly could not have imagined several years ago, when we first opened our doors with just 3 employees. This sustained growth over time is proof enough to us that we are doing it right, and that our clients appreciate all our efforts in protecting their valuable intellectual property.

As many of you know, WLO has also evolved into a robust “virtual” practice over the past few years. In fact, we now have virtual offices throughout the United States, with personnel located in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, and Hawaii. While operating in this virtual working environment daily, our attorneys and staff have remained dedicated to making our clients successful no matter where they are located. The entire WLO team is passionate about providing high quality services at rates affordable to both entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. We couldn’t be more proud of the team of professionals we have assembled at WLO, and the excellent work they do for our clients every day.

If you have any questions at all about patents, trademarks or copyrights, do not hesitate to contact WLO by any of the following methods:

  • Via telephone at either (419) 408-5500 (Ohio Office) or (248) 579-2197 (Michigan Office);

As always, WLO does not charge for initial consultations. We would be pleased to speak with you about strategies for protecting your intellectual property at your convenience.

Thank you again and wishing you all much prosperity and success in 2023 and beyond!

Best regards,

Jake Ward

Founding Member

Ward Law Office | Registered Patent Attorney

Public PAIR To Be Retired Tomorrow, July 31, 2022

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 30, 2022

After July 31, 2022, Public PAIR will no longer be available. To access publicly available documents, guest users may access Patent Center

See the USPTO Notice and other important information about this change here.