USPTO Releases Update to 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On October 17, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. The update comes as a response to public...


The Patent Behind the LEGO "Toy Building Brick"

On October 24, 1961, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was granted the patent for the LEGO TOY BUILDING BRICK, U.S. Patent No. 3,005,282. Sixty years ago, Godtfred Christiansen filed a patent application for...


5 Spooky Patents to Celebrate Halloween

Whether you're snacking on candy that has a registered trademark, reading a scary book that has been copyrighted, or carving pumpkins with a patented tool, this month you are very likely to come in...


Prosthetic

The Patent Behind the Iconic Flex-Foot Prosthetic

On October 22, 1985, medical engineer Van Phillips was granted U.S. Patent No. 4547913, for the "composite prosthetic foot and leg," under the newly founded Flex-Foot, Inc. In 1976, when Phillips was...


The Patent Behind Insulin

On October 9, 1923, Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Collip were granted the patent for “Extract Obtainable from the Mammalian Pancreas or from the Related Glands in Fishes, Useful in the...


National Coffee Day

Celebrating National Coffee Day and the Role of Intellectual Property in the Coffee Industry

Today is National Coffee Day! Over 50 percent of the American population consumes coffee, with the average coffee drinker drinking 3.1 cups of coffee, driving an $18 billion coffee market. While the...


Rake in the Fall Leaves with These Patents

It's officially the first day of fall! For many, this means decorating their home with bright pumpkins and gourds, bringing out their sweaters to prepare for the cooler weather, and enjoying the...


Velcro

A Brief Patent History of Velcro®

On September 13, 1955, George de Mestral was granted the patent for VELVET TYPE FABRIC AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME (Velcro®), U.S. Patent No. 2,717,437. George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer and the...


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Sean Suiter Teaching Patent Law Course at Creighton University

Suiter Swantz IP Owner & Patent Attorney Sean Suiter is teaching a Patent Law Course at Creighton University once again this fall. The course focuses on the fundamental principles of patent law...


Nebraska Cornhusker Football

Kick Off the Football Season with These 5 Historic Patents

It’s that time of year again! The long-awaited football season is upon us. Teams are getting ready to storm the field, while fans are making plans to pack the stands and cheer on their favorite...


The Best Patent History Post Since Sliced Bread

On August 28, 1928, Iowa native, Otto Frederick Rohwedder was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,682,581 for his “Bread Fastening Machine." Rohwedder's began his work on the invention more than a decade...


Have a Seat– A Brief History of School Desk Patents

New wardrobe has been purchased, school supplies have been stocked, lunch is packed, now it's time for your first patent history lesson of the new school year-- a brief history of school desk patents!...