Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Peek inside the mind of a community manager


Friday, January 25, 2013

First-to-File Starts on March 16, 2013

Via Husch Blackwell.com:

The America Invents Act finally puts the first-to-file system into place on March 16, 2013. Although the two regimes will be equivalent in theory for many applicants, practical considerations mean that most inventors and companies will benefit by filing their patent applications before then. 
Section 3 of the America Invents Act implements new definitions of novelty and obviousness. This means that, with small exception, to be patented an invention must meet the standards of absolute novelty against all disclosures that are publicly available anywhere in the world. Under the old law there were two temporal definitions used for prior art. First, disclosures could be prior art because they were available more than one year prior to the filing date of the application for a patent – see 35 United States Code 102(b). Second, disclosures could be prior art because they were made before the invention was invented – see 35 USC § 102(a), 102(e), 102(f) and 102(g). 
The vast majority of rejections in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are based on patents and printed publications as prior art. Consider an application where the invention was pursued diligently at least a year prior to filing. On March 15, 2013, under the current 102(b), a patent or printed publication is prior art if it was in existence more than a year before the priority date of the patent application. On March 16, 2013, under the new 102(a)(1), the patent or printed publication will be prior art if it was in existence on the day before the filing of the patent application. The new 102(a)(1) creates an entire year’s worth of prior art with only one calendar day passing. 
Another consideration is that on March 15, 2013, under the current 102(b), the public-use and on-sale bars apply only to public uses and sales or sales offers that are made in the United States. Under the new law, almost all types of prior art can come from anywhere in the world.
The widening of temporal and geographic scope of prior art means that most patent applications will have much more prior art that can be asserted against them on March 16 than on March 15. 
There are exceptions to the rule, including, but not limited to, a qualified grace period based on the inventor’s prior public disclosure of the claimed invention less than a year prior to the effective filing date, the scope of which is the subject of ongoing USPTO rulemaking. In the past, there has been a crush of applications filed in the last days approaching a major change like the change coming up on March 16. If you want to consider filing your patent application before March 16, it would be prudent to contact your Husch Blackwell attorney as soon as possible to be sure that the application can be filed in time. 
What This Means to YouThe definition of prior art that can invalidate a patent application or patent on your invention becomes broader on March 16, 2013. If you want to file your patent application before March 16, it is important to contact your Husch Blackwell attorney at your earliest convenience. 
Contact InfoFor additional information about these or any other intellectual property issues, please contact your Husch Blackwell attorney or Erik Flom at 312.526.1635. 
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Council accepting 'green' project applications


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via The Saluki Times on 1/17/13

The SIU Sustainability Council is accepting applications for a new funding cycle for “green†projects on campus. The application deadline is March 22, with the announcement of winning projects set for Earth Day, April 22.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

On the SIUE campus today

Via SIU Edwardsville News:

SIUE IP Specialist

17 January 2013, 8:22 am
by Susan Morgan
Intellectual property (IP) is the result of our creative work at SIUE. It encompasses the variety of things we produce—manuscripts, compositions, inventions, research discoveries, etc. Technology transfer is the process of moving our IP into the public and commercial sector for the good of society, which can include publications, direct commercialization, and patent licensing.
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Amy McMorrow Hunter is now assisting the Office of Research and Projects with IP matters.  Amy is currently a Technology Transfer Specialist at SIUC and will be working with SIUE part-time as part of a collaborative initiative with SIUC.  She brings us 4 years of academic IP experience.  She will be available to assist faculty, staff, and students with all things IP – answering IP questions, assisting with invention disclosures, overseeing invention evaluations, assisting with the patenting process, and marketing of patents.  You may contact her directly at amcmorro@siu.edu.
Amy will be conducting IP workshops as well as sending out information on IP issues. Look for future announcements in The SIUE Researcher.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Saluki App Competition Rules Posted

The Saluki App Competition is opening for submissions on Monday, January 28.  You can now read the rules! We will start to blast out more information about it next week.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Notice of Allowance for DIABLA divisional

Congratulations to Dr. Luke Tolley and Dr. Matt McCarroll!  Their divisional patent for "Method of detecting analyte-biomolecule interactions," aka Dynamic Isoelectric/Anisotropy Binding Ligand Assay (DIABLA), received a notice of allowance on January 9, 2013.  Read more...

Fwd: Seminar on growing business exports set for Jan. 23 - The Southern

Seminar on growing business exports set for Jan. 23
The Southern
Sponsors include the Illinois Small Business Development Centers/International Trade Centers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Kaskaskia College, and the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Notice of Allowance for SIU E-Nose Patent

A notice of allowance was received from the US Patent and Trademark office for Dr. Andrei Kolmakov's E-nose patent on December 31, 2012. This patent application has not been publicly released yet due to restrictions of Department of Homeland Security.  The abstract is below, and for more visit the SIU E-Nose technology page or read the Tech App article from the Spring 2011 Tech Transfer Newsletter: E-Nose for Food Spoilage.

An analyte multi-sensor as disclosed herein can include a substrate and at least three sensing elements disposed on the substrate.  Each sensing element includes two electrodes separated by a distance and a nanowire mat adjacent to and in contact with the electrodes.  The nanowire mats include nanowires which define a percolation network.  The density of the nanowires in the nanowire mat of one sensing element is different than the density of the nanowires in the nanowire mat of either of the other at least two sensing elements.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Arch Grants Int'l Bus. Competition Deadline Extended

Twenty grants of $50,000 will be awarded!  You must be located or be willing to relocate to St. Louis.  Visit the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition website for more information.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NCIIA's E-Team Program wants to fund your breakthrough technology

Submission deadline coming up Feb. 1, 2013.  Read more.