I’ll be teaching a webinar on Wednesday, April 4. The topic is whether to use national phase or bypass continuation when pursuing US patent protection from a PCT application. To learn more, or to register, click here.
As a reminder, there are many upcoming opportunities to learn about PCT:
- Dallas, Texas – April 9-10
- Minneapolis, Minnesota – April 11 (*)
- Austin, Texas – April 11-12
- New Orleans, Louisiana – April 18-20 (*)
- Boston, Massachusetts – June 6-7 (*)
- Alexandria, Virginia – July 11-12 (*)
I will be a presenter at the programs marked with the asterisk.
There’s a nice opportunity to learn about PCT coming up soon in Alexandria, Virginia. I will be teaching two and a half days about PCT, on July 11-12, 2018. This program is sponsored by Patent Resources Group.
To find out more, or to register, click here.
There’s a great opportunity to learn about PCT, coming soon in Boston, Massachusetts.
This is a two-day seminar hosted by PCT Learning Center, taking place on June 6 and 7, 2018. I will be one of the speakers for this program.
For more information, or to register, click here.
It will be recalled (see my blog post of February 2, 2018) that the search fee for ISA/KR will increase by about 7% for filers in RO/US. The increase will happen on April 1, 2018.
This offers an opportunity to save some money on PCT filing fees. A US filer who is considering filing a PCT application (and who plans to pick ISA/KR) on or after April 1 might want to consider filing it on or before March 31. This would permit the filer to pay the cheaper search fee.
It’s only a few years ago that I started paying attention to the prospect of a client obtaining a utility model instead of an ordinary utility patent. Until recently I knew of only a small number of Offices where utility models are available. But recently I happened upon a resource on the web site of WIPO that lists no fewer than fifty-nine Offices in which a utility model may be obtained. Continue reading “What are the places where your client can get utility models?”
USPTO used to “peg” its patent examination backlog at 108 months (nine years). Then in about 2014 (see blog article) the USPTO changed the “peg” to 60 months (five years). Now in 2018 the USPTO has changed the “peg” to 30 months (two and a half years).
Will you be in Seattle on May 21, 2018? Maybe for the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA)?
The reception will be Monday, May 21, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM. Click here to RSVP.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 600 Pine Street – suite 401, Seattle, WA 98101.
See also Meet the Bloggers XIV will will take place the next day.
05/21/2018 06:00 PM
05/21/2018 8:00 PM
Eighth annual e-Trademarks listserv reception
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 600 Pine Street – suite 401, Seattle, WA 98101
Will you be in Seattle on May 22, 2018? Maybe for the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA)? Then please attend the fourteen annual Meet the Bloggers. Be there or be square!
05/22/2018 08:00 PM
05/22/2018 10:00 PM
Meet the Bloggers XIV
Fourteenth annual Meet the Bloggers
Garage Billiards, 1130 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
See also the e-Trademarks listserv reception which will take place the previous day.
When you are filing a Madrid Protocol application, it is possible to check the “GB” box in addition to checking the “EM” box. With Brexit in progress, should you be checking both boxes? A March 14 tentative agreement (link) between EU and UK makes it perhaps less urgent to check both boxes in the near term, as I will discuss.