I checked into a hotel recently where the clock radio in the guest room had a conventional 3½-millimeter plug (see photo) which could be plugged into the guest’s smart phone or music player. This would permit playing music through the speaker of the clock radio. What I found amusing is what the manufacturer chose to write on the clock to let the user know about this feature — “MP3”. This is silly.
The Practitioner’s Guide to the Patent Cooperation Treaty is published by the ABA. For the longest time you could only get it directly from the ABA and it cost a lot of money and took forever to arrive. Now you can get it faster and cheaper.
This weekend is when Americans (well, most Americans) change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time. This makes a big difference if you are going to e-file something at WIPO or fax-file something at WIPO.
Yes it’s another snow day at the Patent Office.
Registration is now open for the Ninth Annual USPTO Design Day. This important event will take place April 14, 2015.
In a previous blog post I urged you to adopt a digital wallet. Players in the digital wallet arena are falling by the wayside, but this leave unchanged the important reason why you should adopt a digital wallet, namely that bad guys won’t be able to skim your credit card number as they would with your use of a swiped mag-stripe card. Most strikingly the digital wallet that I adopted, Softcard, has bitten the dust. Appropriately for this blog, nobody actually purchased the ill-fated Softcard. Instead someone merely purchased its intellectual property.
Most of us, when we were learning how to prepare a response to a patent Office Action in the USPTO, were taught to load up the caption with every conceivable piece of information. When I was first in practice I was taught to provide not only the application number but also the art unit, the Examiner’s name, the filing date, and the title of the invention. Some years later the USPTO introduced the “confirmation number” and this, too, went into the caption. Now I skip all of this and I use the application number and nothing else in the caption. Why?