On August 7, 2017, Thailand deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Madrid Protocol will thus enter into force for Thailand on November 7, 2017. Continue reading
The PCT rules and Applicant’s Guide talk about what should go into an Abstract. In the PCT system it is up to the International Searching Authority to enforce the rules about Abstracts. WIPO is inviting comments (see Circular PCT 1517) on whether the rules and guide should be revised. Such revisions, if they were to happen, would change what the ISA looks for when it reviews an Abstract.
Comments are due September 30, 2017. If you would like to participate in a listserv committee to prepare and file comments, join the PCT listserv (if you are not already a member) and join in the discussion there. What follows are a few thoughts about Abstracts. Continue reading
There’s a change in airport security at Dulles that makes it ever so slightly faster and easier to get through airport security. I’ve searched around in Google News and have not found anywhere that anyone has talked about this change. Continue reading
There are a few seats still available for the AIPLA PCT Seminar. This will be Monday and Tuesday, July 24-25, 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia.
Yours truly is among the presenters for this seminar.
For more information or to register, click here.
The search fee for US applicants at the EPO will increase on September 1, 2017. The search fee is presently $1992 but will increase to $2099. Here is how the search fees will rank after the fee change: Continue reading
Let’s suppose you have made a plan to migrate your office telephone system from analog phone lines to VOIP trunks. Maybe you are doing this to reduce your monthly telephone bill to 85¢ as I blogged recently. But regardless of why you are migrating, clearly you will want to carry out the migration in a way that minimizes the risk of disruption of incoming or outgoing telephone service. In this article I describe a migration path that worked well for our firm, and along the way I explain a little bit more about SIP trunking and how it works. Continue reading
In a previous blog post I discussed two companies that you probably never heard of that make telephone calls possible — Neustar and iconectiv. These companies administer the NPAC database, which is a database that gets consulted each and every time that any one dials a telephone call to a US (non-toll-free) telephone number. A million times per day, a telephone call gets placed to a US telephone number, and a million times a day, a lookup happens to this NPAC database, without which the phone call would not be able to reach its destination. And if you are like me, you never heard of either company.
In this blog post I will discuss another group of companies that you probably also never heard of, that are responsible for a super important part of the way that telephone calls take place. This category of companies does not, so far as I know, have a name. I will call them “VOIP wholesalers”. Some of these companies are called Onvoy, Bandwidth, Paetec, Peerless, Level 3 Communications, XO Communications, and Aerialink. I had heard of Level 3 before, but I only knew them as an Internet company. The other three companies I had never heard of at all until very recently. What do VOIP wholesalers do, and why should you care? Continue reading
Whenever you dial a telephone number that is located in the US, somehow your telephone company needs to be able to figure out which telephone company will complete the call. So for example suppose your cellular carrier is AT&T and you pick up your cell phone and dial a phone number. One of the first things that AT&T must do is somehow to figure out which telephone company is responsible for that phone number. Maybe that phone number is handled by Verizon. If so, then somehow AT&T needs to know to send your call to Verizon which will complete the telephone call.
How does your telephone company come to learn which telephone company is responsible for that phone number? Keep in mind that the person you are calling might “port” their cell phone number tomorrow from Verizon to T-Mobile. If so, then if you were to dial the same telephone number the day after tomorrow, your telephone company would need to know to send your call to T-Mobile instead of sending it to Verizon.
How does this work? And how does this relate to “number portability”? Continue reading
As I reported on May 5, 2017, the Israel Patent Office made plans to increase the search fee for US filers from $911 to $963. The fee change takes effect today.
At the present time, very few US PCT filers pick ISA/IL. So this fee increase will not affect very many US PCT filers.
Most US filers file their PCT applications in EFS-Web because most US filers use RO/US for their PCT filings. EFS-Web was updated today to reflect this new fee amount. So there is not much risk of a US filer accidentally paying the old (smaller) fee.
The reader will be familiar with the many factors to be explained to one’s clients to help them decide whether to use Madrid Protocol on the one hand, or ordinary Paris Convention national filings on the other hand, to accomplish foreign filings. Now, starting July 1, 2017, there will be one more factor to be taken into account. Madrid Protocol will have a convenient mechanism by which the holder of an International Registration may request a recording to introduce an indication concerning its legal nature or to change that indication once it has been recorded. Continue reading