December 04, 2006

The USPTO recently released its “Promoting Innovation: Today’s USPTO” video, which is available at the USPTO website link below. According to the USPTO, this is “a video program about the agency’s history, what it does, how it works and why it is a vital part of our economy and culture.” The video discusses how modern technology allows for electronic filing of applications, some of which created by patentees, and discusses the history of intellectual property law in the United States, including the Constitution and the first patent statute signed into law (April 10, 1790). The video also discusses how former U.S. Presidents impacted the patent system, and how the USPTO has grown from small beginnings to a state of the art facility, including the Patent and Trademark Museum and a memorial garden located within the center of the complex. In addition, several USPTO employees are interviewed, providing insight to the inner workings of the Patent Office. The link below is to the downloadable .zip file (approximately 70MB for a 27 minute video), noting that the links to the streaming video on the USPTO website (with and without captions) are currently not working as of the time of this article. I will update this post once I am aware that the streaming videos are once again available from the USPTO’s website.

Downloadable Video (70MB zip file): LINK
USPTO Video Viewing Instructions: LINK

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