On March 26, 2018, Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Madrid Protocol will thus enter into force for Afghanistan on June 26, 2018. You can see the WIPO notification here.
This brings to 101 the number of members of the Madrid system. Continue reading
The ePCT system has a very helpful feature which permits you to see a preview of what will eventually be the first page of your published PCT application. This feature was mentioned in an article in the Practical Advice section of a recent issue of the PCT Newsletter. I am delighted to be able to tell you that the article mentions a mistake made by yours truly and the way I fixed the mistake. Continue reading
Okay, dear readers, tell me the truth — the instant you saw these Tesla charging pedestals, didn’t you immediately think of another consumer product?
If you try hard enough, can you think of some activity you could pursue for an eight-hour day that would be more fun than spending that day with, say, a hundred other people discussing the finer points of the Patent Cooperation Treaty? Yeah, right, loyal readers, you know what I am talking about. It would not be easy to top that! Continue reading
A reminder of a webinar tomorrow — pros and cons of using any of four approaches to obtain US patent protection in connection with a PCT application:
- enter US national phase from the PCT
- file a bypass continuation from the PCT
- claim priority from a US non-provisional application
- file a US non-provisional application at the same time as the PCT application
For more information or to register, click here.
Just now a loyal reader of my blog asked what those letters and numbers mean at the end of patent numbers. Here are some examples:
My reader wondered, what does “A2” mean? What does “A1” mean? Continue reading