The USPTO is gearing up for the historic issuance of the ten millionth U.S. Patent. A new patent cover design was just released, which is just the second time in a hundred years. According to the USPTO website, the new design "pays homage to the classic elegance of its predecessors" and was unveiled March 11, 2018 at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

The USPTO expects to issue U.S. 10,00,000 sometime this summer. U.S. 9,000,000 was just issued back in 2015 for a system and method of collecting and conditioning rainwater and other moisture, such as dew, from a windshield of a vehicle and utilizing the collected fluid to replenish the fluids in the windshield washer reservoir. A collection funnel is positioned on a vehicle in order to collect rainwater and other moisture. Rainwater and other fluids from the collection funnel are directed to a conditioning cartridge where the water is de-ionized and windshield washer fluid is added. The cartridges are designed to be single replaceable units. The mixed fluid from the mixing cartridge is directed to the pre-existing windshield washer reservoir.

What is in store for 10,000,000 is anyone's guess.