A year ago I published the 2017 US Utility Patent Toteboard and before that, the 2016 US Utility Patent Toteboard, and a year before that the 2015 US Utility Patent Toteboard. Now it’s time to finalize and publish the 2018 US Utility Patent toteboard.
The goal of this toteboard is to list the firms that helped clients to obtain US utility patents in 2018. It will rank the firms according to the number of US utility patents obtained. Respondents are asked to report only US utility patents for which the firm is listed on the front page of the granted patent. Please respond by Thursday, March 21, 2019.
You can see the previous Toteboards here.
To respond to be listed in the US Utility Patent Tote Board, click here.
It’s that time of year again. A year ago we published the 2017 US Trademark Toteboard and before that, the 2016 US Trademark Registration Tote Board and before that, the 2015 US Trademark Registration Tote Board. Now it’s time to get your numbers in for the fourth annual US Trademark Registration Tote Board.
The goal of this toteboard is to list the firms that helped clients obtain US trademark registrations in 2018. The toteboard seeks to list US trademark registrations granted in 2018. The closing date for the questionnaire will be Thursday, March 21, 2019.
You can see the previous Toteboards here.
To learn more and to report your numbers for the 2018 US Trademark Registration tote board, please click here.
With the fast pace of technological change, one of the biggest problems has been the “last mile” problem. High-speed internet has little difficulty reaching a node that might be a mile away from your home or office. But that pesky “last mile” is the challenge. (For example our Westminster office is far enough from the phone company central office that DSL is not very fast.)
It’s not only Internet connectivity that suffers from the “last mile” problem. For package delivery, in desperation Fedex devised the misnamed Smartpost, a service in which Fedex hands off your package to the Postal Service for that last mile of delivery. And UPS devised the equally misnamed Surepost which works the same way.
So I was fascinated to be reminded of a “last mile” solution for internet access that Google proposed a few years ago, called TiSP. The idea was that you would drop a weighted fiber-optic cable down your sewer line and it would reach an internet node. Continue reading
More than five hours have passed since my blog posting that points out that right now you probably have an extra hour for e-filing of stuff at the International Bureau of WIPO. Why do you have this extra hour? You have this extra hour because probably you are in the US and you set your clocks forward. And (this is the important part) the folks in Switzerland did not pick today to set their clocks forward. (They will set their clocks forward in about three weeks, on March 31.)
Anyway, during this past five hours I sort of figured that at least one alert reader would have posted a comment about the imminent demise of Daylight Saving Time. Yet, astonishingly, this has not happened! So I will now discuss the imminent demise of Daylight Saving Time. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. People in the US who sometimes e-file stuff at the International Bureau at WIPO will have memorized exactly what the local time is that works out to being midnight in Switzerland … and for the next three weeks, the answer to this question will be different from the usual answer. Continue reading
There are only a few good ways for a new US patent practitioner to get training. One of these ways is the AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, which will take place May 13-15, 2019 in Philadelphia.
Your truly will once again have the honor of serving with the other faculty members of this boot camp. I know, having served on the faculty of this boot camp for many years now, that the other practitioners who give their time and energy to this program are among the most skilled, experienced, and generous as any in the patent profession.
To find out more, or to register, click here.
As readers of this blog are by now well aware, my most recent
obsession area of inquiry has been the sending and receiving of international bank wires. More or less by accident I have stumbled upon smart ways to receive international bank wires. As I describe in this blog article, more or less by accident our situation is that for our patent firm, we now receive our incoming foreign bank wires free of charge through Afex.com, and for my personal bank account, I receive my incoming foreign bank wires free of charge because the bank is USAA.
As for the foreign sender of funds, if the foreign sender of money to our patent firm happens to be a customer of Afex.com, they can send money to us and they will likewise not have to pay any fee (other than perhaps a currency conversion fee).
But how about sending bank wires? Who charges more and who charges less for sending bank wires to foreign countries? Here is a specific example of what it would cost to send about ten thousand dollars to Switzerland by any of three different providers. I find the price differences to be striking. Continue reading
If you are going to have someone send you funds by means of an international bank wire, what instructions should you give to them? Thirty years ago my firm did what I suppose most firms do. We went to our bank we asked our bank what to tell the sender. Our bank very promptly and cheerfully provided detailed “incoming bank wire instructions” including a Swift code and an ABA routing number. We then dutifully provided this information to all of our foreign associates for use in paying us for the work that we do for them.
It turns out that this is approximately the stupidest thing to do.
Our patent firm has changed banks from time to time over the years. But what has not changed is that each bank has charged us some amount of money for each incoming bank wire. Our most recent bank (Wells Fargo) usually charges us at least $16 for each incoming foreign bank wire, or as much as $33 if it feels the wire required “repair” (whatever that means). I cringe now to realize that during these decades our banks over the years have charged us many, many thousands of dollars in bank fees for our incoming foreign bank wires.
And the same is true for incoming foreign bank wires to my personal bank account.
Imagine how stupid I feel to have discovered only in recent days that there are common-sense ways to receive foreign bank wires that do not incur bank fees, for businesses and for personal accounts. Continue reading
In the category of something that you could do if you are at Denver International Airport and you want to pull somebody’s leg …