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May 2017

The Secret Life of a Patent Artist: A Q&A

 

“I started doing patent art in 1986 and have thousands of drawings on record at the United States Patent Office.

- Jack Smith, patent artist

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Patent artists do their thing away from the klieg lights of product launches and marketing campaigns, and their names do not appear on drawings in the USPTO archives. To some extent, they're the phantoms of invention. Today, we welcome one of the busiest to the IPfolio interview studio.

Jack Smith, native Minnesotan and one of the most experienced patent artists in the US, provides a lot more, though, to his clients than drawing and diagramming services. He also helps them vet ideas, confirm sales and marketing opportunities, review manufacturing and distribution roadmaps and systematically clarify the feasibility of their inventions. We enjoyed learning about his three plus decades in the inventing trenches. 

April 2017

“Diversity of Perspectives” Highlight 3rd IPforward Conference


Image: A lot of expertise on stage for "The Art and Science of Creating IP Value" session

More than 125 IP professionals from the USA, Canada, and several European countries joined us last week for IPforward 2017. It was the third annual gathering we’ve organized for in-house counsel and IP operations staff to learn from their peers.

March 2017

IPforward Becoming “Can’t Miss” IP Management Conference

On an IP Management conference list, IPforward is definitely becoming one of the must-attend dates on the calendars of IP leaders in the United States. We’re delighted of course.

The third version of IPforward, April 13 at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood Shores, continues the “bigger and better than the previous event” arc. IPforward 2017 offers more speakers, a superb keynote and an expanded topic range. With much higher pre-registrations than in previous years, we will host close to 200 IP leaders for an animated and interactive day.

March 2017

How to Become the World’s Most Efficient IP Department


 

“Of course, from an IP strategy view, we always try to sit with the business people and get aligned with the IP strategy. But when we talk lean IP, I think people need to spend more time with those in manufacturing and the guy on the factory floor. Try to go there once or twice and just walk through. It will inspire you and give you so many ideas. I think looking at what they are capable of doing is pretty amazing.”

- Tony Afram, Chief Patent Counsel, Leica Microsystems GmbH 

March 2017

Famous Patent Wars: 1900-1950


Continuing our analysis of famous patent wars, we look at the first half of the 20th-century. (We covered three of the most important patent wars between 1850 and 1900 in Part One).

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