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Your Feedback is Driving Improvements to Trademark Filings and Login User Experience

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Guest blog by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Denison As we work to strengthen security and enhance the trademarks filing experience, we continue to listen to your ideas and feedback. Among these efforts is an upcoming enhancement you should prepare for now. Beginning October 26, 2019, you'll need to log in with two-factor authentication to your USPTO.gov account to access TEAS or TEASi forms. If...

Secretary of Commerce Mission to the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum, Bangkok, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam

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United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will lead a Business Delegation to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, Thailand and subsequently to Indonesia and Vietnam from November 3-8, 2019. This mission supports President Trump’s goals of accelerating U.S. commercial activity in the region, supporting job-creating export opportunities for U.S companies, and meeting the region’s needs...

Internet of Things

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Internet of Things (IoT) or smart devices refers to any object or device that is connected to the Internet. This rapidly expanding set of “things,” which can send and receive data, includes cars, appliances, smartwatches, lighting, home assistants, home security, and more. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your interconnected world. WHY SHOULD WE CARE? Cars, appliances,...

Commerce Department Recognizes Outstanding Employees at the 71st Annual Honor Awards

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Last week U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley recognized 266 Commerce employees for receiving Honor Awards, the most prestigious award the Department gives out each year. Since 1949, the Department of Commerce has recognized outstanding employees with Gold and Silver Medals at the Honor Awards. The employees’ contributions must focus on one of seven...

Ten Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

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Broadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. Visit www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner to create a free customized Cyber Security Planning guide for your small business...

5 Ways to Be Cyber Secure at Work

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Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2018, the U.S. business sector had the largest number of data breaches ever recorded: 571 breaches. 1 Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the...

Serving Up Seafood: National Seafood Month

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Join us for National Seafood Month 2019 and learn how we work to support healthy, sustainable seafood all year round. October is National Seafood Month, and a fitting time to celebrate that the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood—both wild-caught and farmed. U.S. fishermen and fish farmers operate under some of the most robust and transparent environmental...

USPTO Meets Critical Goals to Reduce Patent Examination Pendency

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For many years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been working to reduce patent pendency times. And since 2018, the agency has had specific goals of under 15 months for first office actions and under 24 months for total pendency, on average. We have now achieved these goals! As of September 30, 2019, which is the end of our 2019 fiscal year (FY), the averages are 14.7...