Canada takes a step toward Hague and PLT

The Canadian parliament has taken up a bill which, if enacted, would permit Canada to join the Hague Agreement (one-stop filing of applications for protection of industrial designs) and the Patent Law Treaty.

There has also been some progress in Canada toward eventually joining the Madrid Protocol (one-stop filing of applications for protection of trademarks).

The Trademark Office doing another nice thing

Well, the Trademark Office at the USPTO has done another customer-friendly thing.  It has announced a plan to provide reminders to holders of US trademark registrations of the need for renewals.

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$7M judgment against patent law firm

In an order dated October 8, 2014, the US district court in Brooklyn has rendered a judgment of about $7 million against a Virginia patent law firm.  The award is tied to an allegation that the firm failed to pursue US patent rights for a client despite undertaking to do so.

There was a box that could have been checked on a patent office form, that might well have kept this lawsuit from happening had it been checked.

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Filing in EPO with a priority claim to a US application? If so, read this!

Sometimes when you log in at EFS-Web there will be a sort of “announcement of the day” on the main EFS-Web page.  Recently there was an announcement that said that US patent applicants need to be sure to file Form PTO/SB/69 to avoid getting in trouble with the European Patent Office.  I had never heard of Form PTO/SB/69 and had no idea that without it there was some risk of getting in trouble with the EPO.  So I looked into the matter and spoke with people at EPO and at USPTO about this.

Maybe you already know all about Form PTO/SB/69 in which case no need to read further.  Otherwise I invite you to read on.

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Bilateral priority document exchange between USPTO and Chinese patent office

USPTO and the Chinese patent office (“SIPO”) have quietly implemented a bilateral system for automated exchange of electronic priority documents.  This system, launched on October 8, 2014 bypasses the legacy approach through DAS (WIPO’s document access service).  Importantly, for inbound PDX to the USPTO, the four-character access code will no longer be needed.

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