A reader of this blog wrote to me to ask “is a US patent applicant required to file an IDS even if the inventor is not aware of any relevant prior art?” The question inspired the blog article that follows. Continue reading “Is a US patent applicant required to file an IDS?”
We receive many bank wires each month from patent and trademark firms outside of the US. Some months ago in a flurry of micro-managing, I happened upon the realization that Wells Fargo was charging us anywhere in the range of $16-27 per incoming foreign bank wire. This prompted us to switch over to Afex as a way to receive incoming bank wires, because Afex will receive such wires free of charge.
But we have decided to stop using Afex for incoming bank wires, and we are now using TransferWise to receive our incoming bank wires. This blog article describes why. Continue reading “Why we stopped using Afex for incoming bank wires”
Many readers of this blog are doubtless aware of N26, a German bank that is expanding to the US. I had put myself on their waiting list some months ago. (According to news reports about 100,000 people in the US had put themselves on that waiting list.) A week or so ago an email arrived saying that Real Soon Now I would have an opportunity to actually open an account. Today another email arrived saying yes I really can open an account. Which I have done. And I have a few initial reactions. Continue reading “N26 in the United States”
What is “Digital Timestamping Service”? What is the problem for which “Digital Timestamping Service” is the solution? This blog article discusses these questions. Continue reading “Digital Timestamping Service”
Brazil has joined the Madrid Protocol. The Protocol will enter into force for Brazil on October 2, 2019. Continue reading “Brazil joins Madrid Protocol”
Sigh. Even as respected a publication as the National Review doesn’t know the difference between a patent and a trademark. Continue reading “National Review doesn’t know a patent from a trademark”