Many readers doubtless already know how to get a faxed Foreign Filing License from the USPTO. But a recent posting on the EFS-Web listserv prompts me to post this article describing the Best Practice for such a request. Continue reading
For the past year or so, it has been taking the USPTO around 4-5 weeks to issue a patent. Continue reading
Do you sometimes file a US patent application that claims priority from a Japanese patent application? Do you sometimes give instructions to Japanese counsel to file a Japanese patent application that claims priority from a US patent application? In either case, you need to know about something important that will change on October 1, 2017. Continue reading
There are quite a few upcoming opportunities to learn about the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Of course a very good way to learn of upcoming learning opportunities about PCT is to check the PCT Seminar Calendar at the web site of WIPO. WIPO updates this calendar frequently.
Upcoming programs include:
- PCT Seminar, September 21-22, Cary, NC. (North Carolina Bar Association, yours truly among the faculty.)
- PCT Seminar “Essential PCT”, October 3, Atlanta, GA. (PCT Learning Center, yours truly among the faculty.)
- Advanced PCT Seminar and Symposium on International Authorities, October 5, Washington, DC. (PCT Learning Center, yours truly among the faculty.)
- The Essential PCT, October 19, Milwaukee, WI. (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, October 30, Irvine, CA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, November 1, San Francisco, CA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- PCT Seminar, November 1, Boston, MA (Boston Patent Law Association.)
- PCT Boot Camp, November 2, Seattle, WA (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, November 3, Seattle, WA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- PCT lecture within the framework of the “Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success” course, November 8-9, Philadelphia, PA. (Patent Resources Group, yours truly presenting.)
Here is a delightful dinner during a several-day program on the Patent Cooperation Treaty. These are some of the attendees at a Patent Resources Group course in San Diego.
We know the many reasons why it is good for a web site to be SSL protected (see the padlock in the purple oval at right). Reasons include:
- an eavesdropper cannot see the information flowing back and forth
- Search engines such as Google give higher page rankings
(I have blogged about the importance of SSL protection here and here and here.) Why doesn’t everyone secure every web site with SSL? One reason might be cost. To secure a web site with SSL, it is necessary to obtain an SSL certificate from a Certificate Authority. The company we have traditionally used for obtaining SSL certificates charges $56 per year for a basic SSL certificate.
I was astonished, however, to learn recently that there is a free-of-charge Certificate Authority! Our firm operates quite a few web sites, and I am delighted that we will save some money in recurring costs by using the free-of-charge CA. Continue reading
The fee that ISA/SG charges per invention to carry out a PCT search will increase on November 1, 2017. The fee charged in US dollars will increase from $1552 to $1645. Continue reading