I have a prediction to make. My prediction is that within a year or two, every patent and trademark firm around the world that has a substantial international practice will have a TransferWise account. What prompts me to predict this? Continue reading
Yes, today is the day that the IB has become a Depositing Office for Designs.
You can read all about it here.
It will be recalled (blog article, January 1) that I reported that on January 1, 2020 the Japanese Patent Office became a Depositing Office in DAS for designs.
It’s all fine and good to hear this report, but is there a way that a practitioner could independently confirm that that it really did happen? Is there a way that a practitioner could independently confirm that the JPO did indeed become a Depositing Office in DAS for designs?
The answer is that yes the practitioner can independently confirm this, as I will explain. Continue reading
Yes, dear reader, just like you I am delighted to see that this very exciting event will occur on January 15, 2020. And, dear reader, I can tell you that this blog posting is a scoop! You read it here first.
Yeah right. Okay folks — how many of our readers are already so familiar with the Hague Agreement system and with the DAS system that they instantly understand what this subject line means? Perhaps more importantly, how many of our readers can instantly devise an example of a fact pattern for a filer in which it somehow it will be helpful or make a difference that this event will have occurred on January 15, 2020? If you indeed already understand this one, good for you and you have my permission to skip reading the rest of this blog article. If you indeed already can describe some situation where the imminent membership of the IB in the club of Depositing-Office members of DAS for purposes of designs would be helpful to the filer, then you are indeed very trendy, modern and up-to-date and and you have my permission to skip reading the rest of this blog article.
For the rest of our readers, well, maybe you have a bit of work to do now, joining me in a discussion of why it is that we care that very soon, the IB will become a Depositing Office in DAS for the purposes of designs. Continue reading
Back on about November 17 we migrated our listserv server from a shared-hosting server to a dedicated server. This means that our listserv postings are coming from a different IP address now than they used to.
It seems that some email service providers have hair-trigger spam fighting systems that react in a very strong way to email traffic emanating from a new IP address. Some of the members of our listservs have have found that some or even all of our listserv messages are failing to reach them.
if this has happened to you, there are several things that you can do to help. Continue reading
Yes, today is the day that the Hague Agreement enters into force in Israel. This is an important development for the Hague system, which is the international filing mechanism for protection of industrial designs.
I blogged about this imminent development in Israel back on October 8, 2019.
As of today, companies and designers from Israel can begin using the Hague system to protect their industrial designs. The applicant can pursue protection in many countries through a single international application and a single set of fees.
Likewise from today, those located outside of Israel will be able to seek design protection in Israel through the Hague system.
The two-letter code is “IL”.
Yes, today is the day that the Hague Agreement enters into force in Samoa. Continue reading
(Update: We have a winner! A trendy, modern and up-to-date Japanese design practitioner has won the prize. Read the update blog article here.)
Design practitioners rely on the DAS system for the interchange of electronic certified copies of priority applications. Such a system becomes more and more useful as more and more Offices participate.
Today is a big day. Today, the Japanese Patent Office became a Depositing Office in the DAS system for industrial designs.
It’s that time of year again. Get your numbers in if you want your firm to be listed in:
- the Eighth Annual US Design Patent Top Filers Tote Board
- the Fifth Annual US Trademark Registration Top Filers Tote Board
- the Fifth Annual US Utility Patent Top Filers Tote Board
- the Third Annual US Plant Patent Top Filers Tote Board
These Tote Boards will rank the top patent and trademark firms for carrying out filings in 2019 in these categories. The 2019 Tote Boards will join the previous fifteen Tote Boards which go back as far as 2012.
The closing date for getting in your numbers will be Friday, January 31, 2020.
Every year, some firm misses out by failing to get its numbers in by the closing date. Don’t be that firm! Get your numbers in early. Click here for the:
- response form for the 2019 (eighth annual) US design patent top filers tote board
- response form for the 2019 (fifth annual) US trademark registration top filers tote board
- response form for the 2019 (fifth annual) US utility patent top filers tote board
- response form for the 2019 (third annual) US plant patent top filers tote board
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 will be a federal holiday in the District of Columbia. This means the USPTO will be closed. This means that any action that would be due at the USPTO on January 1 will be timely if it is done by Thursday, January 2, 2020.