(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.
If you received such an email warning, this is because (a) you belong to one or more of our listservs, and (b) you selected Microsoft (outlook) to be your email service provider. But of course another possibility is that you did not receive this warning email message, because your email service provider bounced the warning email message too. What should you do next? Continue reading “Has your membership in a listserv been disabled due to “excessive bounces”?”
(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 18.104.22.168. Now the listservs are on a server at IP address 22.214.171.124. Maybe you had previously set up a whitelisting entry in your email system to allow messages from 126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52 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 most locations in the US will turn off daylight saving time today (November 5, 2022), but today is not the day that Switzerland will turn off daylight saving time. (Switzerland turned off DST a week ago, as I reported to you in a blog post a week ago.) Continue reading “US filers and filing at WIPO and daylight saving time”
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”
Two weeks ago I blogged (see blog posting) that US filers filing PCT applications in RO/IB needed to pay extra close attention to what time it is in Switzerland. (And it was the same for e-filers in the Madrid Protocol system.) The reason is that in the US, Daylight Saving Time happened on March 12. But did not happen on that day in Switzerland. This meant that for the past two weeks, a US-based filer in (for example) the Mountain Time zone would be able to e-file in RO/IB as late as 5PM and still get a same-day filing date. This differed from the usual drop-dead time of 4PM.
Today (March 26, 2023) is the day that Daylight Saving Time happens in Switzerland. The consequence of this is that the time difference between the US filer’s time zone and the time in RO/IB is back to normal. So for a US-based filer in the Mountain Time zone, the drop-dead time returns today to the usual 4PM.
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”
Hello dear readers. There is an annual ritual which I keep hoping would eventually cease to be necessary, but yet again today the ritual presents itself. What I am talking about is the annual scheduling of four blog postings about Daylight Saving Time. Continue reading “An annual ritual for me – scheduled postings about DST”
Keep in mind that most locations in the US will turn off daylight saving time today (November 6, 2022), but today is not the day that Switzerland will turn off daylight saving time. (Switzerland turned off DST a week ago.)
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.
The main point here is that for a US filer, everything is now “back to normal”. Whatever time zone offset a US filer is accustomed to between his or her time zone and Geneva, that offset is back to normal.
ePCT will tell you what time it is in Switzerland.
Keep in mind that Switzerland will turn off daylight saving time today, October 30, 2022. 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.
For US filers, keep in mind that the US will not turn off DST today. The US will turn off DST a week from now, on November 6, 2022.
US filers who are getting ready to file a document at the IB should thus pay close attention during this next week to what time it is in Switzerland.
Most readers of my blog will appreciate that the correct terminology is not “Daylight Savings Time” but “Daylight Saving Time”.
The practical effect for most US filers is that for the next week, you get an extra hour to e-file. For example if you are in the Mountain Time Zone, normally you rush to file by 4PM if need a same-day filing date at the IB. But for the next week you can file as late as 5PM and you will still get a same-day filing date at the IB.
Many readers of this blog are frequent users of the Madrid Protocol system. Some probably qualify as “power users” of the Madrid Protocol system. What some might not be aware of, however, is that WIPO provides what is called its Guide to the Madrid System. You can see the book’s front cover at right. This is a 260-page book, and the big news is that this book just got re-released today in its 2022 version. Continue reading “Just released — a new version of “Guide to the Madrid System””