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TODAY: US INVENTORS TO HOST INNOVATION LEGISLATION PANEL ON CAPITOL HILL

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 18, 2018

(WASHINGTON, DC) – US Inventor, a national organization of thousands of American inventors, joins Inventor’s Project and Inventors Group of America in DC this week for Innovation Legislation, where inventors will meet with members of Congress for a panel discussion about three pro-patent bills. FIFTY inventor leaders from 26 states will be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Andrei Iancu, the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) surprised presidents of inventors clubs from across the country during their conference at the USPTO. His most remarkable message to inventors was to share their stories to inspire others as they have a critical role to play in innovation.

US Inventor fellow Josh Malone is hopeful Iancu’s message will spread positivity in the world of innovation. As the inventor of the most popular summer toy in America, “Bunch o Balloons,” Malone has fought for years to enforce his patents against a rank infringer – often fighting the previous leadership of the patent office.

“I look forward to Director Iancu’s efforts to create a more pro-innovation dialogue and increasing the reliability of the patent grant,” Malone said. “Wednesday’s panel is our way of sharing our stories and promoting pro-inventor bills.”

Washington bureau reporters who wish to interview a visiting inventor from a regional media market or to speak with US Inventor leadership, please contact Shannon Polvino at (716) 597-5188. Learn more about US Inventor at www.USInventor.org.

INNOVATION LEGISLATION: A Discussion of Three Pro-Inventor Bills April 18, 2018, 4-7PM 2247 Rayburn House Office Building

IGA National Conference – April 17-19, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 16, 2018

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Innovation is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Who drives innovation? Individuals.

This April, the recently formed not-for-profit Inventors Groups of America (IGA) will host two-dozen grassroots leaders for its inaugural three-day conference. At the United States Patent & Trademark Office, on Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the IGA will advocate for the interests of independent inventors and small business owners in regards to intellectual property.

Ward Law Office is a proud sponsor of IGA, and believes that independent inventors and small businesses alike will benefit by strengthening the U.S. patent system.

For more information about IGA, or to find an inventors group near you, visit the IGA website here.

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They Invented What? (No. 43)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 1,781,541:  Refrigeration.

JW Note:  A type of refrigerator co-invented in 1926 by Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd.  Enjoy.

 Einsteinfridge

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They Invented What? (No. 42)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 6, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,545,069:  Illuminable toys and simulations with replaceable illuminable edibles.

  easter egg

What is claimed is:

1. An illuminable toy comprising:

(a) at least one light source;

(b) at least one battery, said battery being electrically connected to said at least one light source;

(c) a switch, said switch being electrically connected to said at least one light source and said at least one battery, said switch providing an on/off adjustment for energizing and de-energizing said at least one light source with said at least one battery;

(d) a base, said base containing said at least one light source and said at least one battery and said switch, said base having at least one light permeating portion for allowing passage of light emitted from said at least one light source, said switch being adjustable from an exterior of said base;

(e) at least one holder, said at least…

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