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Do the Numbers Work?

US Patent 1370316 - 1921
Time for a deep dive into the numbers and requirements on the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program.

USPTO sent an email with the subject line, "Patent Pro Bono Program Expansion to Benefit Inventors Nationwide" from the USPTO Director’s Forum Blog. The goal of the program, "Helping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources" is admirable, enlisting patent attorneys is also admirable. We think that independent inventors and small firms, the creators of most new jobs in the US, need all the help they can get. Time for some digging around to see how this program works.

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Nov 21 2014

Where The Owners Are

Innovation This Year
Weekly Heat Map of Patent Owners January through October 2014
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Here's an animated visual look at the geography and topology of inventors in 2014 through October. The animated map shows the weekly year-to-date heat map of the location of assignees on granted patents around the United States. Follow the link below to see them in action side-by-side.

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Nov 18 2014

Where The Inventors Are

Innovation This Year
Weekly Heat Map of Inventors January through October 2014
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Here's an animated visual look at the geography and topology of inventors in 2014 through October. The animated map shows the weekly year-to-date heat map of the location of inventors granted patents around the United States, all inventors not just the First Named Inventor. There is a lot more invention going on around the US than indicated by first named inventors alone. Have a look at the year to date maps in the Map Room.

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Nov 11 2014

A Creative Polymath Speaks

Innovation.
Problem-solving isn't always a straightforward process.

How Do People Get New Ideas?

Inventors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists — or anyone and everyone, really — all have in common the need to solve problems. Problem-solving can take many forms, with perhaps the two ends of the spectrum being applying known solutions and developing a new approach through creativity. How does creativity happen? Can it be learned or systematized? Isaac Asimov offers insights in a previously unpublished essay, now made available at the MIT Technology Review. It joins Way Better Patents Book Club.

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Oct 22 2014

What's Going On? — Update

Statistical Map at October 14, 2014.
The October 14 update shows not much has changed.
Statistical Map on September 23, 2014
Looks like examiners have a different view on the CPC Statistical Map.

As the late, great Marvin Gaye asks, What's going on? Way Better Patents took a look at the progress on the transition to the Cooperative Patent Classification system for its presentation at the Patent Information Users Group North East Conference. We looked at the 40,000+ patents granted since March that have CPC data. The link below takes you to the presentation and supporting material.

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Oct 15 2014
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