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U.S. Patent Statistics and Numbers for 2016

The USPTO issued 303,051 patents in 2016, an increase of 1.5 percent over 2015. It also published approximately 381,792 utility and plant patent applications, essentially unchanged from last year. Table 1 shows the number of documents by type. Design patents … Continue reading

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Obit: CorningWare Inventor Revolutionized Cooking

Dr. S. Donald Stookey, inventor of synthetic ceramic glass, died on November 4 at the age of 99 (New York Times, Nov. 6). Dr. Stookey joined Corning in 1940 as a research scientist and spent the next four decades working … Continue reading

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USPTO Report on Virtual Patent Marking

A new report from the USPTO discusses the effectiveness of virtual patent marking. What is virtual patent marking? From the 1920s to 2011, U.S. patent law required patent owners to mark their products with the number or numbers of associated … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs on Campus

The Globe and Mail has an interesting article about Canadian universities providing training and support to student entrepreneurs (Is University the Place to Learn to be an Entrepreneur?, Oct. 10). This reminded me of an earlier article in the New … Continue reading

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Scientists Receive Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Enhancing the Power of Microscopes

Three scientists, Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany, and William E. Moerner of Stanford University, are the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry … Continue reading

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Inventors of Blue LEDs Receive Nobel Prize in Physics

Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano or Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara are the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the blue light-emitting diode (LED) … Continue reading

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Korean Patent Office Adopts Cooperative Patent Classification System

The USPTO and KIPO announced today that starting in January 2015 the KIPO will classify its patent applications and utility models under the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system. Korea ranks fourth after China, the U.S. and Japan in the number … Continue reading

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