It’s that time of year again. The time of year when it is important to keep track of the fact that Daylight Saving Time is different in Switzerland from the way it is in the United States. Continue reading “Filing at the International Bureau and Daylight Saving Time”
Status of DOCX initiative as of right now redux
The USPTO blinked yet again yesterday on DOCX. The bad things that the USPTO was planning to do starting April 3, 2023 have now been postponed to June 30, 2023, according to USPTO speakers during a DOCX propaganda webinar yesterday. At above right is a screen grab by alert listserv member Michael Dryja of a presentation slide during the webinar. Continue reading “Status of DOCX initiative as of right now redux”
Cooling a server room
This blog article talks about using an automation controller to keep a server room from getting too hot. Continue reading “Cooling a server room”
Status of DOCX initiative as of right now
(Update: the USPTO has blinked a third time about its $400 non-DOCX penalty.)
In this blog article, I will describe the status of the USPTO’s DOCX initiative as of today. What I describe here is how it is going to get worse for patent applicants and patent practitioners over the next few months, absent the USPTO choosing to “blink” again and perhaps postpone some of the bad things that are imminent. Continue reading “Status of DOCX initiative as of right now”
Paralegals! Try to get your attorneys to sign up for this webinar
This blog article is directed to paralegals and legal assistants and secretaries and administrative assistants.
I am going to make a stab-in-the-dark guess that at least one of your attorney bosses is avoiding learning about ePCT because they want to assume that you will be the one who keeps on top of knowing how to use ePCT. Continue reading “Paralegals! Try to get your attorneys to sign up for this webinar”
“Where you sleep at night” appeal is now fully briefed
It will be recalled that there is a an appeal pending in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit against the USPTO’s rules requiring every trademark applicant to reveal where he or she sleeps at night. The appellant’s reply brief has just been filed. I expect the case will now proceed to oral argument. Continue reading ““Where you sleep at night” appeal is now fully briefed”
USPTO is now passive-aggressive about accessing from DAS
It is discouraging to see a recently increased level of passive-aggressiveness on the part of the USPTO about its role as an Accessing Office in the DAS system. This blog article briefly describes four ways in which the USPTO has recently started acting as if it wishes that the DAS system did not exist at all. Continue reading “USPTO is now passive-aggressive about accessing from DAS”
Shielded and yet not shielded
The implicit promise made by the maker of an RCA cable is that its center conductor is shielded by its outer conductor. I have, however, been astonished in recent times to see that many RCA cables are not shielded at all. Continue reading “Shielded and yet not shielded”
USPTO has eviscerated Form PTO/SB/38
The WIPO DAS system is an important part of the daily work of the practitioner who files US patent applications that claim priority from non-US patent applications. And Form PTO/SB/38 is an important part of that daily work.
The USPTO has quietly eviscerated Form PTO/SB/38, and has not said why it did so. Continue reading “USPTO has eviscerated Form PTO/SB/38”
Welding current redux
It will be recalled (blog article) that I had recently started getting familiar with an inexpensive inverter welder. What became pretty clear early on is that the number in the display does not match the number of amperes of welding current delivered to the welding rod. Alert reader Dave posted a comment:
Can you accurately anticipate what amperage to expect given the readout on the machines as a ratio to the readings you have gotten on the ammeter? Perhaps this is an opportunity to do some more experimentation…
Prompted by alert reader Dave, I did some more measurements. Here are the results.