USPTO a necessary stop for those seeking to protect their innovations

PALO ALTO — Mary Fuller, Regional Director of the Silicon Valley Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, noted that companies with registered intellectual property are six times more valuable than those without it.

During her time as an intellectual property attorney, she’s seen intellectual property go from an average of 20 percent of a company’s value to 80 percent.

She joined the Roy Clay Series at the Wade Institute of Technology, co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Black Chamber and Journal of Black Innovation.

USPTO offers a trademark boot camp for those filing without an attorney and a provisional patent application for those who want to protect an idea before they’re ready for a full-blown patent application.

She also credited two Black inventors with making the evening’s program possible: Marian Rogers Crook, a pioneer in voice over internet protocol (VOIP) and James West, patent holder for microphones.   Crook is now vice president of engineering for Google and one of two Black women in the National Inventors Hall of Fame with 200 patents.  USPTO has trading cards of Black inventors as a educational aid for schools.


Booker T. Wade, founder of Wade Institute of Technology; Mary Fuller, Western Regional Director U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Journal of Black Innovation Publisher John William Templeton with Roy Clay's book Unstoppable, telling the life of the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame member.
USPTO's Mary Fuller with trading cards for Marian Rogers Crook and James West, holder of 250 patents for microphones and polymer electrets. The program honored Roy L. Clay, Sr., Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame member as iniital manager of computer research and development for Hewlett Packard.