I recently had reason to connect from one Amtrak train to another at Chicago’s Union Station. The type of ticket that I was traveling on gave me access to Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge in that train station. My layover was about five hours so I was really looking forward to finding this lounge and taking it easy for a while. I disembarked from the first train (the California Zephyr from Denver) and found a helpful map (at right). And promptly got misdirected. Continue reading
Keep in mind that most locations in the US will turn off daylight saving time today, but today is not the day that Switzerland will turn off daylight saving time. (Switzerland turned off DST a week ago.)
Those who are filing documents at the International Bureau — documents that need a same-day filing date — should check to make sure they know what time it is in Switzerland as of today.
The main point here is that for a US filer, everything is now “back to normal”. Whatever time zone offset a US filer is accustomed to between his or her time zone and Geneva, that offset is back to normal.
ePCT will tell you what time it is in Switzerland.
Today is the day! EPO now belongs to the DAS system.
As I blogged back on October 22, EPO had announced that November 1, 2018 was the day that it was going to join the WIPO DAS system. And today is the day.
This is welcome news. As of today, all members of the IP5 belong to DAS.
US patent applicants will not, however, be able to make use use of this system for their applications that claim priority from EP applications, because the USPTO and EPO are still connected by the legacy PDX system. Eventually it is expected that USPTO will pull the plug on the PDX system with respect to EPO, and then US filers will be able to get the benefits of DAS for their applications that claim priority from EP applications.
There are many benefits to the use of DAS. One benefit is that the filer can set up an “alert” which will let the filer know exactly when a particular Accessing Office has actually retrieved a particular electronic certified copy. (PDX offers no such alerting function.) Another benefit is that the filer can obtain a Certificate of Availability which removes any doubt as to whether a particular application is or is not available to any particular Accessing Office.
Are you fully familiar with the DAS system? See if you can pass this simple quiz on the DAS system.