On July 1, 2023, the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania will become even more trendy, modern and up-to-date. That is the date that the Lithuanian patent office will commence participation in the DAS system in four new ways:
as a Depositing Office for purposes of national industrial design applications,
as a Depositing Office for purposes of national trademark applications,
as an Accessing Office for purposes of national industrial design applications, and
as an Accessing Office for purposes of national trademark applications.
The Lithuanian patent office has already been a participant in the DAS system since January 1, 2023 in these ways:
as a Depositing Office for purposes of national patent applications;
as an Accessing Office for purposes of national patent applications; and
as an Accessing Office for purposes of PCT patent applications.
The two-letter code (ISO-3166 code) for this Office is “LT”. The web site of the Lithuanian patent office may be seen here.
The New York Times calls this “The Lamp That’s Taking Over New York”. The Times calls it “a sleek newcomer” and says “the Pina Pro is appearing on droves of outdoor tables in the city — and sometimes disappearing, as diners fall for its mellow glow.” (Article dated August 11, 2022.)
Two weeks ago I blogged (see blog posting) that US filers filing PCT applications in RO/IB needed to pay extra close attention to what time it is in Switzerland. (And it was the same for e-filers in the Madrid Protocol system.) The reason is that in the US, Daylight Saving Time happened on March 12. But did not happen on that day in Switzerland. This meant that for the past two weeks, a US-based filer in (for example) the Mountain Time zone would be able to e-file in RO/IB as late as 5PM and still get a same-day filing date. This differed from the usual drop-dead time of 4PM.
Today (March 26, 2023) is the day that Daylight Saving Time happens in Switzerland. The consequence of this is that the time difference between the US filer’s time zone and the time in RO/IB is back to normal. So for a US-based filer in the Mountain Time zone, the drop-dead time returns today to the usual 4PM.
Eurasian Patent Organization (yes I realize this is not a country)
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Republic of Korea
If so, can you please let me know whether your DAS Depositing Office charges a fee for a DAS access code? Please see this page where I am trying to collect all of the answers that kind readers have provided.
It is discouraging to see a recently increased level of passive-aggressiveness on the part of the USPTO about its role as an Accessing Office in the DAS system. This blog article briefly describes four ways in which the USPTO has recently started acting as if it wishes that the DAS system did not exist at all. Continue reading “USPTO is now passive-aggressive about accessing from DAS”