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They Invented What? (No. 179)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 11, 2010

U.S. Pat. Appl. Pub. No. 2009/0188617:  Dog nose art.

JW Note:  You gotta love dogs .  I wonder if my daughter’s recently demolished flip-flops, courtesy of our dog Charlie “van Gogh” Ward, could be placed on display somewhere?

 

          1. A method of providing a dog nose smudge laminate (320), comprising:
           applying dog nose powder (240) to at least one dog nose smudge (300) to provide at least one nose powder coated dog nose smudge (305);
           collecting said at least one nose powder coated dog nose smudge (305), wherein said at least one nose powder coated dog nose smudge (305) is collected on a surface (260) of a dog smudge display layer (140);
          applying a transparent layer (160) over said surface (260) of said dog smudge display layer (140); and
          sandwiching said dog smudge display layer (140) and said transparent layer (160) between a top window layer (180) and a base layer (120) to provide a dog nose smudge laminate (320), wherein said surface (260) is facing away from said base layer (120) such that said at least one nose powder coated dog nose smudge (305) disposed on said surface (260) is visible,wherein said top window layer (180) defines a window aperture (280) enabling an observer to see said at least one nose powder coated dog nose smudge (305) through said transparent layer (160).

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Bill Signed to Authorize USPTO to Spend an Additional $129 Million.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on August 11, 2010

Per a media advisory from the USPTO, released yesterday.

President Obama Signs Bill to Provide USPTO Authority to Spend an Additional $129 Million of FY 2010 Fee Collections

Washington – On Tuesday, August 10, President Barack Obama signed into law P.L. 111-224 that gives the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the authority to spend an additional $129 million of the fees the agency will collect in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.  Due to an improving economy and increased patent examination productivity, the agency projects it will collect nearly $200 million more than its FY 2010 appropriation of $1.887 billion.

This bill was a response to President Obama’s July 12th request to Congress to provide the USPTO with access to all the fees it will collect in FY 2010.  In that request, the President said the money would “support efforts to reduce backlogs in processing patent applications—by spurring innovation and reforming the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to make them more effective.”

Following the signing, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos said, “We are grateful to the President for his support and to Members of the House and Senate for their exceptional efforts to move this legislation through the process so quickly.  This additional funding will allow us to continue the progress we’ve made in improving the USPTO and the patent process so that patents can be issued more quickly, investment in new technology and new products will be accelerated and much-needed jobs will be created.”

Kappos said that the additional funding would be used to fund investments needed to shorten patent pendency and reduce patent backlogs.  These investments include hiring new examiners, enabling additional examiner overtime and improvements to USPTO processes and IT systems.

CBS News Video on USPTO Backlog.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 11, 2010

CBS News had a segment this weekend on patent office reform, including an interview with Director Kappos!  The video may be viewed online here.