I live in aptly named Summit Country, Colorado at an altitude of about 9000 feet (about 2750 meters) above sea level. (The photograph at the top of this blog page shows some of the mountains where I live, including two “fourteeners“, Grays Peak, which I have climbed, and Torreys Peak.) The point of this blog article is that every year, about twice a year, a swarm of several dozen Detroit test cars arrives in Summit County. This spring’s swarm of Detroit test cars has arrived, and this photograph shows one of them. Continue reading
Design Day 2018 took place as scheduled on April 25, 2018 in the Madison auditorium (with remote events at regional patent offices). Here you can see a portion of the audience. The room was packed.
The program, which you can see here, was excellent. Here are most of the slide presentations:
- State of the Technology Center – Karen Young
- Beyond the USPTO: Design Developments Across the Globe – Courtney Stopp
- Prosecution Practices Panel
- Report from the Front Lines: Patent Office Proceedings – George Raynal
- Federal Circuit Year in Review – Alexis Simpson
- Protecting Designs – Michael Blankstein (Scientific Games)
- Report from the Front Line: US District Courts – Dunstan Barnes
I will be teaching a webinar on Tuesday, May 8 about PDX and DAS. Attend this webinar to learn about PDX and DAS or to reinforce what you already know. This program will be of interest to anyone who works on inbound or outbound filings, whether Paris-based or PCT-based or Hague Agreement-based.
To learn more, or to register, click here.
When I launched my law practice back in about 1994, one of my first purchases was Foonberg’s excellent book How to Start & Build a Law Practice. The advice given in Foonberg’s book is timeless and enduring. To this day I urge anyone who is launching a firm to buy and read this book. Continue reading
Then you might consider attending an EPO meeting that will take place. Continue reading
A member of the PCT listserv recently posted a question in that listserv:
Are there any nuances or limitations to incorporating the content of a provisional application by reference in a PCT application (other than, I believe, including such statement in the request and the requirement that the application disclosure to be incorporated is a valid priority application)? The goal is to preserve the less important disclosure of a somewhat lengthy provisional application for use later on, if needed, even possibly after filing national applications. I plan to trim much of the provisional app disclosure in the PCT application to save costs.
Also, are there time limits or deadlines to actually add the material to the current application from the previous application that was incorporated by reference? I am sure this is country specific. But, any general input would be appreciated.
The general answer is “don’t try to incorporate by reference in a PCT application”. Continue reading
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?