If you were already planning to select IP Australia as your international searching authority, and if you are able to postpone your filing until October 1, you have an opportunity to save $91.
It’s test car time of year again for Summit County, Colorado. Here are ten of the approximately sixty camouflaged cars swarming around the streets and highways and the mountains of Colorado this week. They are testing next year’s car models to see how they perform in the thin air at an elevation of 9000 feet (2700 meters) or higher.
It’s not only that camouflage wrap is laid onto the cars. There are also fake body panels and bumps and contours taped into place under the camouflage wrap.
This is all to protect the industrial designs — postponing for as long as possible the day when a competitor will get to see exactly what next year’s models look like.
This will be a unique learning opportunity for practitioners and paralegals alike who wish to learn about the Patent Cooperation Treaty, or who wish to refresh their knowledge of the PCT, or who wish to learn how to use ePCT, or who wish to bring themselves up to date about PCT developments. Continue reading
I’ve learned that our listservs (email discussion groups) are broken.
Our listservs are hosted by a hosting company in Boulder, Colorado. The hosting company of course provides services to others besides us. I did some troubleshooting, and I see that the IP address from which the listserv emails get sent has gotten blacklisted by one of the spam blacklisting services.
The blacklisting service has good intentions, of course. The service tries to notice patterns of email sending so that spammers can be identified and blocked.
I’d guess that some new customer of the hosting company started sending spam.
Now the hosting company will have to figure out which new customer is sending the spam, and shut them down. And then the hosting company will have to ask the blacklisting service to re-evaluate the email traffic for the IP address. And eventually the IP address will be removed from the blacklist. And then our listservs will start working again.
As of September 7, 2018, Uganda is now a 30-month country. Said differently, the time limit for DO/UG is now 30 months. Continue reading
Recently I mailed post cards to nearly all of the people in Silicon Valley who are admitted to practice before the USPTO. This was about 4000 post cards.
By now, about 400 of these post cards have been returned to sender as undeliverable. Ten percent!
For each of these mailing addresses, it means the practitioner’s address with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline is undeliverable. As I flip quickly through this stack of several hundred returned cards, I see names of very well known law firms and very well known high-tech companies.
So the point of this post is that if you did not receive one of these post cards, you might want to look in the the OED database to see if your mailing address with the OED is out of date.
If you are located outside of Silicon Valley and you know someone who is a registered practitioner in Silicon Valley, you might want to ask them if they did not receive the post card, in which case they might want to look in the OED database to see if they need to update their address.
This past Saturday was a big day for DAS for US design filers and for US utility patent filers, in cases that claim priority from Chinese design and utility applications. The big development was USPTO “pulling the plug” on PDX with respect to the Chinese patent office (blog article on utility patents and blog article on design patents).
The previous “pulling the plug” for PDX was last November 2017 when USPTO pulled the plug on PDX for Japan (blog article).
Now there is more plug-pulling to do. Eventually PDX will be a thing of the past. Continue reading
I’ve started a podcast series about the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Thus far I have recorded three episodes. I’m guessing it will take about forty episodes to cover all of the things that I want to cover. I’m making these podcasts available free of charge. To make this work I have set up a podcast server which you can see here. Continue reading
Back in about 2010, I delivered a lecture series on basic patent practice in the US.
Of course the lectures are not up to date. But much of what I discussed in the lectures is basic stuff that is as true today as it was then. Maybe the lectures would be of some help to a new lawyer or new paralegal.