My 8 year old son likes to look up trademarks, since I have apparently passed on my interests to him. He asked me if the USPTO had an app he could use. He was dumbfounded when I told him they don’t.

The USPTO should be embarrassed. The USPTO is all about innovation, invention, and the future, yet it’s online platform is stuck in the past.

According to the USPTO websiteThe USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Even a simple app with information about IP protection – and links to the USPTO’s video and vast information sources – for applicants, registrants, inventors, and business owners would be useful.  And not difficult or expensive to create.

Until then, there is always Apptorney.

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