I am delighted to have learned that the Israel Patent office has joined the DAS system. Continue reading
Hello readers. After comments from several people I went to look closely at my four recent posts:
- Get your numbers in for the 2018 US plant patent toteboard
- Get your numbers in for the 2018 US design patent toteboard
- Get your numbers in for the 2018 US utility patent toteboard
- Get your numbers in for the 2018 US trademark registration toteboard
Each blog article contains four important links for you to click on:
- a link to the questionnaire where you can enter your numbers for the particular category in that particular blog post, and
- crosslinks to the other three blog posts.
In each case the questionnaire link works fine so far as I am aware. But until today, each place where there was a crosslink to one of the other three blog posts, the crosslink was no good. It asked for a user ID and password instead of taking you to the desired page.
Thanks to alert readers, I have hopefully corrected the crosslinks.
Hopefully everybody will get their numbers in soon.
The goal of this toteboard is to list the firms that helped clients to obtain US plant patents in 2018. It will rank the firms according to the number of US plant patents obtained. Respondents are asked to report only US plant patents for which the firm is listed on the front page of the granted patent. Please respond by Thursday, March 21, 2019.
You can see the previous Toteboards here.
To send in your numbers for the 2018 US Plant Patent tote board, click here.
A year ago I published the 2017 US Utility Patent Toteboard and before that, the 2016 US Utility Patent Toteboard, and a year before that the 2015 US Utility Patent Toteboard. Now it’s time to finalize and publish the 2018 US Utility Patent toteboard.
The goal of this toteboard is to list the firms that helped clients to obtain US utility patents in 2018. It will rank the firms according to the number of US utility patents obtained. Respondents are asked to report only US utility patents for which the firm is listed on the front page of the granted patent. Please respond by Thursday, March 21, 2019.
You can see the previous Toteboards here.
To respond to be listed in the US Utility Patent Tote Board, click here.
More than five hours have passed since my blog posting that points out that right now you probably have an extra hour for e-filing of stuff at the International Bureau of WIPO. Why do you have this extra hour? You have this extra hour because probably you are in the US and you set your clocks forward. And (this is the important part) the folks in Switzerland did not pick today to set their clocks forward. (They will set their clocks forward in about three weeks, on March 31.)
Anyway, during this past five hours I sort of figured that at least one alert reader would have posted a comment about the imminent demise of Daylight Saving Time. Yet, astonishingly, this has not happened! So I will now discuss the imminent demise of Daylight Saving Time. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. People in the US who sometimes e-file stuff at the International Bureau at WIPO will have memorized exactly what the local time is that works out to being midnight in Switzerland … and for the next three weeks, the answer to this question will be different from the usual answer. Continue reading
There are only a few good ways for a new US patent practitioner to get training. One of these ways is the AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, which will take place May 13-15, 2019 in Philadelphia.
Your truly will once again have the honor of serving with the other faculty members of this boot camp. I know, having served on the faculty of this boot camp for many years now, that the other practitioners who give their time and energy to this program are among the most skilled, experienced, and generous as any in the patent profession.
To find out more, or to register, click here.
I’m going to reveal a practice tip that I had been keeping to myself for the past thirty years of patent practice. The practice tip is to be alert to the possibility that some important thing about a client’s invention may turn on “surface phenomena”. My main point being that as far as I can tell, nobody actually knows how most surface phenomena work, and so you can use the phrase in some client/inventor discussions, and the client/inventor will think you are very smart regardless of whether you are actually very smart. Continue reading
For many years USPTO customers had been telling USPTO that it needed to scrap the dreaded “java applet” method of logging in which is the method that uses the EPF file. USPTO failed to act upon these suggestions and complaints from customers.
What finally pushed USPTO to devise a new way for logging in (the “MyUSPTO” approach) was not customer complaints but something else, namely that Oracle, the provider of Java, finally got around to announcing that it would start charging money for Java.
And indeed until a few weeks ago, it was all set that by February 15, 2019, USPTO would pull the plug on the EPF way of logging in.
It might be thought that this was the end of java applets for USPTO tasks. But no. Java is needed not only for the logging-in task, but also for the downloading of cited US patents and US patent publications from PAIR. What we are talking about is the ePatent reference program, which USPTO launched in 2004. USPTO launched ePatent reference at the time that USPTO ceased providing paper copies of cited US patents and cited US patent publications with paper-mailed Office Actions.
So if you are going to download cited US patents and cited US patent pubs from PAIR, you still need Java. And as of a month ago, you will need to pay a licensing fee to Oracle to be able to use Java.
I suspect that nobody at USPTO gave a moment’s thought to the fact that Java is needed for more than one task in PAIR. Not only for EPF logins, but also for downloading cited US patents and pubs.
Revised on March 18, 2019 to note that there is an advisory in PAIR that says:
Advisory (13FEB2019): Due to technical difficulties, users may not be able to complete downloads using ePatent Reference. USPTO technical teams are working to correct the issue.
The PAIR Announcements page does not provide any further explanation of this advisory. I cannot tell from what USPTO posted whether this February 13 Advisory is linked to the cutoff of the Java-based EPF login procedure that was previously scheduled to happen on February 15.
Today, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 is a snow day. This means that any document that you needed to file today at the USPTO will be timely if you file it by tomorrow, Thursday, February 21.
(This might be as good a time as any to subscribe to this blog.)