Trademark Office goes down the memory hole

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(Update:  the 6001 customers did eventually get their registration numbers back two weeks later, on May 24, 2022.  See blog article.)

(USPTO published an explanation of sorts.  Blog article.)

Orwell’s 1984 imagines a dystopian future with a “memory hole”, which Wikipedia defines as

any mechanism for the deliberate alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.

The morning of Tuesday, May 10, 2022 seemed like an ordinary Tuesday morning for trademark practitioners in the US.  Just like any other Tuesday, about six thousand US trademarks got registered.  But by Tuesday afternoon it became clear that this was no ordinary Tuesday.  By today (Friday the 13th), we see that the Trademark Office has gone down the memory hole, and has “disappeared” six thousand and one US trademark registrations.  Continue reading “Trademark Office goes down the memory hole”

Nice people from WIPO attended e-Trademarks listserv reception

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(Updated to provide the USPS tracking.)

The e-Trademarks listserv reception took place as scheduled on Tuesday, May 3.  About seventy people attended.  I am delighted to report that two nice people from the Madrid Protocol part of WIPO attended the listserv.  We greeted them with an 18 inch by 22 inch (46 cm by 56 cm) poster with a “wish list”.  It was signed by about 41 of the listserv members.  I will be mailing the poster to our WIPO colleagues.  Here are the WIPO people and here is the “wish list”:  Continue reading “Nice people from WIPO attended e-Trademarks listserv reception”

What I wrote to a potential client just now

This morning an email message came in from a patent firm in a foreign country.  The email message was from a patent firm that we have not worked with before.  The email message told us that the patent firm has a client that filed a PCT application and is now interested in entering the US national phase.   The email message said:

Therefore, we would appreciate if you please provide your fees with a breakdown of firm’s fees and government fees, and any other fee that the client would incur, from the filing to registration as soon as possible.

I will tell you what I wrote back to this patent firm.  Continue reading “What I wrote to a potential client just now”

Director Vidal responds to Forty-two Patent Practitioners on PCT

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(Update:  we now have a phone call scheduled with the acting director of IPLA.  Read about it here.)

It was at 7:25 AM today (Eastern Time) that Forty-two Patent Practitioners wrote to Director Vidal, with eight “asks” relating to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and sent a courtesy PDF copy of the letter by email.  Two minutes later, Director Vidal answered the email (see at right).  She wrote:

Thank you for reaching out on this … .  I appreciate it.  I will review it shortly.  Kathi.

Forty-two Patent Practitioners write to Director Vidal about PCT

(Update:  we now have a phone call scheduled with the acting director of IPLA.  Read about it here.)

(Update:  Director Vidal has responded to acknowledge receiving the letter.  See blog posting.)

Forty-two Patent Practitioners have written to Director Kathi Vidal in a letter dated April 26, 2022, asking her to help the USPTO get closer to providing world-class service to the PCT applicant community.  You can see the signed letter here.  Here are the “asks”:  Continue reading “Forty-two Patent Practitioners write to Director Vidal about PCT”

Register now for USPTO’s Design Day 2022

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It is now possible to register for USPTO’s Design Day 2022.  This is the fifteenth annual Design Day and it will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2022.  (You will recall that on February 5, 2022 and again on March 2, 2022, (blog article and blog article) I told you to save the date.)  This will be a virtual event, not in-person.  This event is free of charge. Continue reading “Register now for USPTO’s Design Day 2022”

Progress of PCT Receiving Offices towards participation in the DAS system

(Update:  Forty-two Patent Practitioners have written to Director Vidal about this.  See blog article.)

There is a recent development that the RO/TR (PCT Receiving Office of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office) will become a Depositing Office in the WIPO DAS system, with effect from June 1, 2022.  Turkey’s decision to be trendy, modern and up-to-date in this regard brings to twenty-four the number of patent offices around the world whose Receiving Offices have become Depositing Offices in the DAS system.  

This raises the natural question of what the progress is of the various PCT Receiving Offices in this important area.  Which PCT Receiving Offices are trendy, modern and up-to-date?  Which PCT Receiving Offices are laggards?  It is instructive to rank the Receiving Offices based on how many applications get filed there, and then to check to see which of those ROs have taken the step of becoming a Depositing Office in the DAS system.  Here is how things stand as of the present. (Preview: The USPTO fares poorly in this assessment.) Continue reading “Progress of PCT Receiving Offices towards participation in the DAS system”