Kathi Vidal


The Last Word: How the USPTO’s Resource Centers Are Empowering Innovation by Expanding Access

by | Feb 27, 2024
The downtown Dallas Public Library is the only public library in the state of Texas to offer a Patent and Trademark Resource Center from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. PTRCs are part of a national network of public, state, and academic libraries in partnership with the USPTO to offer trademark and patent assistance to the public. The USPTO aims to empower innovation by expanding access—so it recently put out a call to 600 libraries and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) around the country, inviting each institution to consider becoming PTRCs to assist their local innovators.
USPTO Announces Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program To Help Fast-Track Innovation
by | Nov 30, 2023
News of the USPTO fast-tracking is surely music to the ears of many North Texas innovators. Just last month, the region was awarded the Texoma Semiconductor 'Fablet' Tech Hub. Meanwhile, TI is building a $30 billion semiconductor campus in Sherman, and GlobiTech is building a $5 billion "fab plant" in the same North Texas city.
USPTO Issues Milestone 1 Millionth Design Patent, and It Goes to a Fort Worth Entrepreneur
by | Oct 3, 2023
Granted to Agustina Huckaby, design patent 1 million is for the ornamental design for a dispensing comb, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office said. The agency said that Huckaby, a licensed cosmetologist, also holds another patent for a different comb design and markets her business under the federally registered trademark Pomp and Powder.
USPTO Announces New ‘Patents for Humanity Green Energy’ Award Category
by | Mar 6, 2023

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a special category of its Patents for Humanity Program for green energy inventions, a category that will provide business incentives for patent applicants, holders, and licensees whose inventions are addressing the challenges of climate change through green energy innovations, including wind, solar, hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuels technologies....

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AI Innovation: U.S. Patent Office to Hold Public Meeting in Dallas on Emerging Tech, IP Challenges

by | Jan 26, 2023
Innovators across North Texas and entrepreneurs all over the U.S. are racing to launch (and patent) the latest breakthrough AI. That can lead to IP policy issues as emerging tech hits the market. On February 8, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will a public meeting to discuss how to promote innovation in AI and Machine Learning tech, to be held virtually and in person at the Arts District Mansion in Dallas. "The takeaways will shape future work on AI and ET policy," says USPTO Director Kathi Vidal.