Are you in one of these 25 countries?

Are you in one of these 25 countries?

    • Argentina
    • Austria
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Eurasian Patent Organization (yes I realize this is not a country)
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Latvia
    • Mexico
    • Monaco
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Türkiye
    • United Kingdom

If so, can you please let me know whether your DAS Depositing Office charges a fee for a DAS access code?

Replacing a screen of a smart phone

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Loyal readers will recall that recently I did a large number of test welds to measure welding currents generated by my new inexpensive stick welder (blog article).  I had been using my smart phone to log real-time current measurements via Bluetooth from a clamp-on DC ammeter (blog article).  Part way through the large number of test welds, I was astonished to see that my smart phone had powered itself down.  I tapped the power button and coaxed the phone back to life and completed my current logging activities, and eventually figured out why the phone had so mysteriously and abruptly powered itself off.  A tiny bit of hot steel from one of my test welds had flown several feet and had landed on the glass screen of the phone, and had melted a small crater in the glass.  You can see the crater, which is less than one-fourth of a millimeter in diameter, in the photomicrograph above.  After about a day, cracks had traveled from this crater across the full expanse of the glass.  I realized I would need to learn how to replace the screen.  This blog article describes it.  Continue reading “Replacing a screen of a smart phone”

DAS Depositing Offices that charge fees

Yes there are at least five DAS Depositing Offices that charge a fee to obtain a DAS access code!  And there are at least six DAS Depositing Offices for which it is known that they do not charge a fee.

As of March 19, 2023, there are 36 DAS Depositing Offices.  They are listed in the table on this page.  The rightmost column lists information, if any, that is known about whether or not a particular Depositing Office charges a fee for a DAS access code.

As you can see, there are twenty-five DAS Depositing Offices for which it is not known whether or not a fee is charged for a DAS Access Code.  I invite practitioners who practice in the Offices listed below to let me know if they are aware of their Depositing Office charging a fee for a DAS access  code, and, if so, the amount of the fee.

Kindly detail the fee charged for the particular application types in your Office:

    • National industrial design applications
    • National patent applications
    • National trademark applications
    • National utility model applications, and
    • PCT international applications.

It would be particularly helpful if you can provide a URL to a place on the web site of the Office detailing the fee.

    1. Argentina
    2. Austria
    3. Brazil
    4. Chile
    5. Colombia
    6. Denmark
    7. Estonia
    8. Eurasian Patent Organization
    9. Finland
    10. France
    11. Georgia
    12. India
    13. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    14. Italy
    15. Japan
    16. Latvia
    17. Mexico
    18. Monaco
    19. Morocco
    20. New Zealand
    21. Republic of Korea
    22. Spain
    23. Sweden
    24. Türkiye
    25. United Kingdom

Pixel waste in content-free icons in the “modernized look and feel” Patentcenter

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Today the USPTO rolled out its “modernized look and feel” version of Patentcenter.  It contains lots of new content-free “icons” that take up valuable screen space, wasting pixels and forcing users to scroll further down to reach what they need.  Continue reading “Pixel waste in content-free icons in the “modernized look and feel” Patentcenter”

USPTO corrupts credit card expiration dates in FM

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Hello folks.  Here is a warning that I saw today in a USPTO system when I was paying a government fee in Financial Manager:

Credit/Debit Card Expiration Dates
Due to a recent system upgrade, some card expiration dates may have been converted to an incorrect month for cards stored within Financial Manager.  …

Try to guess, dear reader, what the next few words were.  For example, maybe the next few words explained that the USPTO was working to restore the expiration dates to their correct values, but that this might take a day or two, and they apologize for the inconvenience.  Continue reading “USPTO corrupts credit card expiration dates in FM”