(Updated November 25, 2023 to recognize that if your email service provider is bouncing the normal listserv postings, your email service provider may also have bounced the warning message that was sent to you about your email service provider bouncing the normal listserv postings.)
In recent days, dozens of members of our intellectual property listservs have received (or at least have been sent) email warnings that start like this:
Your membership in the mailing list <blah> has been disabled due to excessive bounces. The last bounce received from you was dated <recent date>. You will not get any more messages from this list until you re-enable your membership. You will receive 2 more reminders like this before your membership in the list is deleted.
On October 31, 2023, the USPTO announced that December 4, 2023 was the date upon which a new system called IPAS (Intellectual Property Assignment System) will replace EPAS (Electronic Patent Assignment System) and ETAS (Electronic Trademark Assignment System). See screen shot at right. But now the release date has been pushed back. One wonders whether IPAS will disappoint its users, as will be discussed. Continue reading “USPTO pushes back the date to release “son of EPAS/ETAS””
(Update: be sure to look at Richard Schafer’s comment below, about how to whitelist in Microsoft’s system.)
Hello to the members of the various listservs hosted by Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC. Five days ago I migrated the listservs to a new server. For many members of the listservs, it looks like this migration has gone largely unnoticed after a few test postings of yesterday and today. But for some members, this migration has not worked out well, because of the behavior of their email service provider, which is called “Outlook” from Microsoft. Continue reading “Listervs have been migrated to a new server redux”
I offer congratulations and thanks to John L. Welch, who has by now given nineteen years of service to the trademark community with the TTABlog. This remarkable blog, to which you should subscribe if you have not already done so, has no equal in the trademark community. This remarkable trademark practitioner, to whom you should drop a thank-you note, has no equal in the trademark community. Continue reading “Nineteenth anniversary of the TTABlog”
(Update: Microsoft is behaving badly about this. See blog article.)
Hello to the members of the various listservs hosted by Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC. Yesterday I migrated the listservs to a new server. For many members of the listservs, hopefully this will go largely unnoticed after a few test postings of yesterday and today. But for some members, this will be extra work and trouble. I am sorry about this.
Here are details.
Whitelisting. Previously the listservs were on a server at IP address 22.214.171.124. Now the listservs are on a server at IP address 126.96.36.199. Maybe you had previously set up a whitelisting entry in your email system to allow messages from 188.8.131.52 to reach you. If so, you may find that now you need to set up a whitelisting entry in your email system to allow messages from 184.108.40.206 to reach you. (Update: Microsoft is behaving badly about this. See blog article.)
Member password. This migration caused a reset of your password for your subscription to the listserv. To get your password figured out again, you might find it necessary to go to one of the eleven links below (for the listserv that you need to reset the password in) and click on the link, and follow the process for resetting your password.
Digest numbering. If you are a digest subscriber, you will see that this migration has reset the digest numbering to volume 1.
I am sorry about the extra work and trouble.
Links to user information pages for the listservs. The listservs affected by this server migration include:
Keep in mind that Switzerland will turn off daylight saving time today. Those who are filing documents at the International Bureau — documents that need a same-day filing date — should check to make sure they know what time it is in Switzerland as of today. Continue reading “Daylight saving time and WIPO”
Here is a fascinating trademark application (TSDR page) that got filed last May. It contains about 224 names of famous people and musical groups. The application has not yet been examined. Now somebody has filed a Letter of Protest (click here to see it) against this application. It will be interesting to see how the Examining Attorney handles this application.
The Inspector General at the Department of Commerce has initiated an audit of the USPTO’s management of trademark pendency. You can see the audit letter, which is dated October 10, 2023, here.
Here is what the Inspector General says:
We are initiating an audit of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) management of trademark pendency. Our objective is to determine whether USPTO exercised effective oversight and management of trademark pendency.
We plan to begin this work immediately. We will contact your audit liaisons to schedule an entrance conference, at which time we will discuss in further detail the specific nature of our audit—including our objective and scope, time frames, and any potential requests for data.
The letter is addressed to the Director of the USPTO, Kathi Vidal, with copies to several other people at the USPTO including Commissioner for Trademarks, David Gooder.