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
What are Locano classes? What do I mean when I say that Locarno classes are by now fashionable?
You will recall that back on January 13, 2019 I told you to save the date, namely Thursday, April 25.
Registration is now open for Design Day 2019. This will be at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia.
This event always sells out weeks in advance. If you want to attend, you need to register right away.
To learn more, or to register, click here.
Yours truly is among the members of the planning committee for Design Day 2019. I can promise you that it will be a good use of your time to attend.
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.)
Let’s remind ourselves how the five biggest Offices for industrial design protection (called “ID5”) are coming along in terms of participation in the DAS system. It is recalled that the DAS system permits the exchange and retrieval of electronic certified copies of priority documents. So which Offices are trendy, modern, and up-to-date? Which of the ID5 Offices have not yet joined DAS for designs? Continue reading
The other day I taught another webinar about PDX and DAS. And the usual gripe about the USPTO came up — why does USPTO actively age the DAS retrieval attempts? Why doesn’t USPTO simply suck it up and carry out the retrieval of an electronic certified copy when asked to do so?
I blogged about this in 2014, urging the USPTO stop the aging of such requests. Now in 2019 the USPTO continues its policy of aging the retrieval attempts. So now, dear reader, you are treated to another rant. Continue reading
In this posting I will talk about three things — a feature that USPTO ought to implement in EFS-Web and in Patentcenter alpha — and a reminder of the existence of the Ideascale system which USPTO has set up for receiving suggestions — and a thanks to a member of the patent community who used Ideascale to offer up the feature that I am now going to write about.
The feature is, USPTO ought to set it up in EFS-Web and in Patentcenter so that it is possible to set up tripwires. By tripwire I mean a function so that in an automatic way, any new filing of a document by a filer would get communicated to some particular pre-established email address. Continue reading
I have it on good authority that Design Day 2019 will take place on Thursday, April 25. This will be at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia.
So save the date!