Featured Idaho Patent: Miniature football helmet bottle liquid bottle pourer

This week's featured Idaho patent is a design patent for a "miniature football helmet liquid bottle pourer."

Featured Idaho Patent: Non-occluding audio headset positioned in the ear canal

U.S. Patent Number 8,218,799 - Non-occluding audio headset positioned in the ear canal

If you ever wished that your earbud headset was even smaller and could be put even farther into your ear, then this is the invention for you.

Featured Idaho Patent: Systems and Methods for Performing Wireless Financial Transactions

U.S. Patent Number 8,214,298 - Systems and Methods for Performing Wireless Financial Transactions

Inventor: Steven Harvey McCown (Rigby, ID)

Assignee: RFinity Corporation (Idaho Falls, ID)

This invention deals with processing financial transactions using wireless technology, and specifically by authorizing a transaction using the respective mobile devices of a buyer and a seller.

USPTO Announces New Satellite Offices

A couple of years ago, the USPTO announced that it would open a satellite office in Detroit. (The Detroit office will open in less than two weeks.) Today, the USPTO announced three additional satellite offices--in Dallas, Denver, and Silicon Valley. It's too bad that Boise wasn't selected, but the regions that were selected seem like decent choices as well.

Featured Idaho Patent: Strap Winder

U.S. Patent Number 8,205,818 - Strap Winder

Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes newly granted patents. This blog post is part of a weekly series in which I pick an interesting new patent that has Idaho connections and briefly describe it.

Featured Idaho Patent: Vector-Specific Haptic Feedback

U.S. Patent Number 8,203,531 - Vector-Specific Haptic Feedback

Every Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes new granted patents. I thought some of you would like to read about Idaho-related patents--that is, patents having at least one Idaho inventor or assigned to an Idaho company. I'm going to do a weekly series of blog posts in which I will pick an interesting new patent that has Idaho connections and briefly describe it.

Are You Intellectual Property-Aware?

Many small and medium business owners don't know the difference between trademark and copyright, patent and trademark, or design patent and trademark--much less which of these types of IP they actually own. As a result, many business owners miss out on the competitive advantages that come hand-in-hand with their IP rights. They miss out on potentially lucrative opportunities because they don't know how to leverage their IP assets. The United State Patent and Trademark Office has recognized this common ailment and come to the rescue with the Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool.

USPTO Deputy Chief of Staff in Boise Next Week

I've blogged multiple times about the 2011 America Invents Act and how it will affect the U.S. patenting system. Now, those of us in or near Boise will be able to learn about the Act from someone inside the Patent Office. Azam Khan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the USPTO, will be speaking at an event (link) on Wednesday, June 20.

Published Patent Application Provisional Rights

Last week, I blogged about how the US Patent and Trademark Office publishes pending patent applications under certain conditions. I would like now to build on that topic and discuss one potentially significant advantage for a patent applicant from having her application published.

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