USPTO May Monthly Review

by John Roberts on June 2, 2020

A look back at the highlights of May 2020
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A look back at the highlights of May 2020

Journeys of Innovation

Inventor Floyd Smith, May Journey of Innovation story
How inventor and entrepreneur Floyd Smith made the skies safer for aviators.

Pulling the rip cord

At the end of World War I, parachutes still weren’t standard equipment for military pilots. To address concerns about their use, Floyd Smith, a pilot himself, designed the first parachute that incorporated a manually operated rip cord. It changed the world of aviation and saved countless lives, and Smith’s innovative spirit continues to set an example for daring inventors and entrepreneurs.

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News and updates

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USPTO grants further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines

In accordance with the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today further extended the time to file certain patent-related documents and to pay certain required fees.

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