See the patents of Steve Jobs

Are you an Apple fan? Yes? Then here is something you might be interested in! Did you know that throughout his career Apple co-founder Steve Jobs acquired 317 patents? Soon you can see them in Washington D.C.

From May 11th until July 8th, 2012 the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center is showing an exhibition called „The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World“.

As you can read in the details by visiting the exhibition you also learn about the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,and how his patents and trademarks reveal the importance intellectual property plays in the global marketplace.

The exhibit is a series of 30 4-by-8-foot panels designed to look like iPhones. On view are an Apple Macintosh computer, mouse, and keyboard; a NeXT monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound box, and microcomputer plus an Apple iPod.

USPTO announces 2012 National Trademark Expo

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it will host the 2012 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 

The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace. Last year’s Trademark Expo attracted more than 15,000 visitors of all ages.

Exhibitors are invited to showcase their federally-registered trademarks through educational exhibits, including booths, themed-displays, costumed characters, and inflatables. In addition, the Expo features educational seminars for adults, and children’s workshops and activities.

Space is limited, so owners of federally-registered trademarks who wish to participate in this year’s Trademark Expo must submit an application by May 18, 2012.

Applications to exhibit at the Expo will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Brand recognition among consumers
  • Ability to engage the public’s interest in trademarks
  • Educational value of the proposed exhibit to enhance public understanding of the value of trademarks
  • Category diversity, in particular whether an applicant’s participation helps ensure that the Expo will feature a variety of different types of trademarks from different sources

European Inventor Award 2012

Although the deadline has already passed for the upcoming award in 2012, it might be interesting for all inventors to learn about another opportunity to gain fame and recognition. The European Inventor Award, which is one of the most prestigious awards an inventor can win, has been launched by the European Patent Office in 2006. This award gives the inventors the recognition they deserve and also pays tribute to creativity of the inventors, who use their skills in different fields to improve people’s lives.

In 2012 the ceremony will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 14, in cooperation with the Danish EU Council Presidency, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office as well as the European Commission. Although there are different categories in this award, it is open to the public and anyone can submit an entry. The different categories are Industry, SME’s, Research, Non-European countries and Lifetime achievement.

The award is a sail shaped trophy, which was designed by a German industrial designer called Miriam Irle. The sail, which is a symbol of pioneering spirit, is made of a different innovative substance every year. Aluminium, porcelain, glass have been used among many others in the recent years. In 2011 the trophy was made of Arboform, a bio-plastic material which had won an award in the previous year. All candidates for the upcoming award had to submit their inventions by October 6, 2011. The winners will be announced in February 2012. We are all looking forward to the ceremony in Copenhagen and some great new inventions.

Another Year is Coming to an End

… and we should take the time to sit back and reflect on all the important events of 2011.

Among the people that sadly passed away in 2011, the world lost one of its best known inventors and entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, died on October 5, 2011, after fighting pancreatic cancer for many years. He lost the battle, aged only 56.

He was a great inventor and business man and co-founder of Apple, Inc. He overlooked the creation of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad. The impact of his influence reaches far into our personal lives. Most of us find it practically impossible to imagine a life without our smart phone. In order to commemorate his achievements, the United States Patent and Trademark Officeshows an exhibition in the Inventors Hall of Fame at their head office in Alexandria, Virginia. It is open to the public and the admission is free until January 15, 2012 where more than 300 patents, which bear the name of Steve Jobs along with many trademarks that have given Apple its recognizable identity around the world, can be seen.

This exhibition was created by Invent Now, Inc., which is a non-profit organization dedicated to show and preserve the inventions created in America and around the world.