Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

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Will Your Invention Change How People Think about Your Industry?

While many inventions revolutionize an industry based on cutting-edge high technology or materials with miraculous properties, some of the most sweeping inventions involve apply disruptive (i.e. non-traditional) thinking to a pervasive problem.

Keith W. Tantlinger, who was eulogized in the New York Times by David Leonhardt, was an inventor who had a simple invention (US Patent No. 3,027,025) that revolutionized the shipping industry:

"Tantlinger developed a lock that connected to the corners of containers and that crane operators could mechanically open and close from their seats.

A drawing from Tantlinger’s 1958 patent for stacking shipping containers, from United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The lock, which led to the adoption of uniformly sized containers over the next 15 years, caused a revolution in shipping. The time and cost of transporting goods fell sharply, which contributed to an astonishing boom in global trade."

What the invention and the article point out is "'There was no breakthrough in terms of material. ... There was a breakthrough in thinking.'"

If you have an invention that will revolutionize how people in your business will think, you should contact a registered patent attorney for a consultation to begin protecting your invention.


U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

The NYTimes published an article titled, "U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office."


The article discuses the troubles the USPTO has faced since the Internet revolution in 1997 and the recent steps taken to cure them. 

The following are three improvements:

1.  Improved relations with Examiners' union to improve morale and retention including a revised quota system for Examiners.

2.  The opening of a satellite patent office in Detroit, Michigan.

3.  A proposed sliding filing fee that would allow applicants to pay more for a faster examination.

As I have already stated in this blog,  I am a big fan of USPTO Director Kappos's efforts.  I have already witnessed a drastic improvement in patent office examination speed as well as a willingness to consider arguments that was not available under the prior director.