I’m just headed over to Opera Samfaina for the e-Trademarks listserv reception. Hope to see everyone there!
Meet the Bloggers XIII was a success! The reception was on the beach in Barcelona. The surf crashed on the sand. Cruise ships and sailboats passed by on the ocean. Tapas and beverages were consumed. Over a hundred people attended.
One more event to attend and then you can feel you have accomplished nearly all of your INTA goals. Yes, the e-Trademarks listserv reception lies ahead, tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.
Hopefully everybody who is in Barcelona for the INTA meeting already has their ribbons to attend the two must-attend receptions:
- the Meet the Bloggers reception on Monday evening, and
- the e-Trademarks Listserv reception on Tuesday evening.
The weather in Barcelona is delightful just now. MTB XIII will be at Xup Xup which is a beachfront venue. The e-Trademarks reception will be at Opera Samfina which is in the middle of La Rambla.
See you there!
If you only attend two events in Barcelona during the INTA meeting, these are the two events to attend … Continue reading
The post-registration branch at the USPTO — the group of people whose job it is to look at a six-year renewal or a ten-year renewal — sure is slow sometimes.
We have one where we filed our renewal on March 22, 2017. The post-reg people accepted it on May 9, 2017 (which is what prompted today’s blog post). Actually that was only six or seven weeks which was faster than many cases. We had one recently that took almost five months to get looked at. We filed the renewal on October 18, 2016 and it did not get looked at until April 4, 2017.
The problem of course is that if post-reg takes five months to look at a renewal, and if post-reg finds some real or imagined flaw in the renewal papers, then there is precious little time to try to straighten things out. In this case with the delay of almost five months, the post-reg person bounced the renewal because of a flaw that was merely imagined, not real. We argued with the post-reg person, but we had our backs against the wall because the renewal window was going to expire in just a few days. Fortunately the post-reg person withdrew the bounce. But still this forced the client to endure uncertainty for almost five months, for no good reason.
It sure will be good when the USPTO gets the post-reg branch back to normal.
Those who, like me, often record assignments at the USPTO are accustomed to the steps that are required to e-file in EPAS (electronic patent assignment system) and ETAS (electronic trademark assignment system). The steps include identifying the assignor and the assignee, and then comes the step of entering the properties for which the assignment is being recorded. I am delighted to be able to report that USPTO has made this very user friendly for an assignment that applies to many properties. Continue reading
There are four seats left for the USPTO trademark roundtable in Denver on Friday, April 21. This is a unique opportunity to talk face-to-face with important people from the trademark office at the USPTO, including:
- Meryl Hershkowitz, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, and
- Wendy Cohen, Interlocutory Attorney, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
You will also get to meet important people from the Denver regional patent office, including Molly Kocialski, the Director of the office.
For more information, see the USPTO web site page for the roundtable here. Don’t get left out. Register today.
The place and time for Meet the Bloggers XIII is now set. Perhaps the best non-INTA event ever devised by woman or man, MTB XIII will be held on Monday, May 22nd, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, at Xup Xup in Barcelona (map). Come and meet some of the best trademark attorneys in the world, and while you’re at it say hello to the sponsors of this year’s event.
To learn more or to RSVP, click here.
Recently in the Design Listserv a Paris Convention question arose. The question was, under Article 4 of the Paris Convention, could a design application claim priority from an earlier utility application? It’s a good question and if you have any thoughts about this, I urge you to join that listserv and share your thoughts.
But what prompts this blog article is the acronym “TYFNIL”. A listserv member pointed out that even if the Office examining the design application were to find nothing wrong with such a priority claim, the owner of the design protection would never really know for sure where they stood until TYFNIL. What does that mean? Continue reading