Iraqi Children Foundation In their Shoes Race logo (Courtesy image)

Young Ambassadors participate in 5K run/walk as the face of Iraq’s most vulnerable children

Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Dignitaries and Ambassadors join the Iraqi Children Foundation at 5th annual “In Their Shoes” 5K Run/Walk to benefit street children in Iraq

The Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF) will host its 5th Annual “In Their Shoes” 5K run/walk on May 20, 2017 at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. The 5K will benefit Iraq’s most vulnerable: orphans, street children, and kids displaced by ISIS.

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1900 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

An administrative special use permit request is pending for the space located at 1900 Jamieson Ave in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia (see above).

According to the application, Bright Horizons Child Care Centers looks to expand their operation at the current space at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They expect to care for as many as 166 kids from 6 weeks to five (5) years old in the expanded space. The center will be open M-F 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. As part of the daycare center, a playground will be installed in the pocket park just outside the classrooms (see photo below). The playground will be accessible to the public when the center is closed. See the staff report prepared for the Carlyle Design Review Board at this link.

If you’d like to comment on this administrative special use permit request, contact planner nathan.randall@alexandriava.gov. You have until Thursday, July 24. 2014 to comment.

As a parent of a young son in the Carlyle neighborhood, to me this is good news. What say you?

Pocket park next to 1900 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

USPTO

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is sponsoring an onsite Farmers Market, available 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Wednesday from May 14 – Oct. 31. Get details about the event in our community events calendar.

Products will include vegetables and fruits grown locally as well as some organic items, which may vary depending on the vendor’s availability and seasonal influences. Wholesale case prices will be available, if desired.

UPDATED – 10:52 AM: Mike Florio excerpt.

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The USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office this morning has ruled to cancel various federal trademark registrations for Pro Football, Inc. covering the Washington Redskins name. They ruled that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and therefore cannot be trademarked under federal law.

The case was brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse and others.

You can read the opinion at this link.

What are your thoughts on this? Would the NFL attempt to get the ruling overturned again? Discuss below.

Via PFT, Mike Florio, who is a lawyer, on what the ruling means:

If the name, after all appeals, is deemed to not be protected by trademark laws, anyone and everyone will be able to sell merchandise bearing the name and colors without the team having the ability to enforce its rights through legal action.  While that may not be enough to compel owner Daniel Snyder to abandon his all-caps-never and/or “over my dead body” insistence on keeping the name, it would be the first tangible evidence of an economic consequence for continuing to cling to a name that the ever-evolving English language has over the slow march of time has discarded from the list of socially acceptable terms.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the USPTO Military Association (UMA), will host a celebration of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day this Wednesday, May 21, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

The event will begin at 11:30 AM in Dulany Gardens with patriotic music by The Patenteers, a color guard display, and bagpipers and drummers, followed by a short parade (on foot) to Alexandria National Cemetery, where USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee, UMA President Joseph Hirl, and other dignitaries will make remarks at the cemetery. Participants will then have the opportunity to pay their respects to service members buried at the cemetery. This event is open to the public.

NOTE: Streets along the parade route will not be closed; however, the Alexandria Police Department will be on hand to momentarily stop vehicular traffic to allow parade-goers to cross at three intersections along the route, namely Dulany Street and Ballenger Avenue, John Carlyle Street and Ballenger Avenue, and Holland Lane and Ballenger Avenue.

If you would like further information regarding this event, please contact Jim Nowak of the USPTO at 571-272-6534.

USPTO Green Fair at US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria Virginia

Image via Gil Swift

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting its annual Green Fair today in the South Madison Auditorium. The fair is normally held the third week of April to coincide with Earth Day.

The fair showcases ways employees and their families can encourage energy conservation in the workplace and at home. The fair focuses on the many green practices and standards that the USPTO has adopted at its Alexandria campus, which includes implementing efficient energy conservation measures; recycling paper, glass, and cans; teleworking; using public transportation; and reducing food waste through packaging.

As a highlight, the fair has two Tesla vehicles and a Chevy Volt on display (see above).

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