USPTO Issues Milestone Patent to LeapFrog

Jan27.LeapFrogOn March 26, the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) commemorated its 700,000th design patent at a ceremony with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

The patent for the ornamental design for a hand-held learning apparatus was issued to inventor and LeapFrog employee Jason Avery, and is currently assigned to LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. for its LeapsterGS.

“For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has been a leader in life-changing educational entertainment experiences through innovation-forward solutions such as LeapsterGS, and we are honored to have our device issued the 700,000th design patent,” said John Barbour, chief executive officer at LeapFrog.

Report: International Travelers to the U.S. Spend Approximately $1,172 on Shopping

Mandala Research has announced the results of an international visitors study underwritten by Macy’s and Shop America Alliance and conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (DOC).

The study polled 2,500 inbound travelers to the U.S., who had visited within the past 12 months, on their itineraries and shopping plans. The visitors included those from Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Korea. On average, the respondents spent $3,517 on their trip to the U.S., and one-third of that (approximately $1,172) was spent on shopping.

According to results, 56 percent said shopping was the key reason for the trip or it helped them choose among destinations. In addition, these travelers purchased more than the twice the amount they had planned to purchase while shopping in the U.S.

Apparel was the top purchase for the visitors. While toys were not on the top 10 list of items planned to purchase, a quarter of all travelers said they purchased toys on their most recent trip to the U.S.

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