On November 18, 2019 I posted this blog article reporting the quite remarkable news that IP Australia had joined the DAS system for purposes of trademarks. Even now in January 2020 no other Office is a member of DAS for purposes of trademarks. In that blog article I proved to you that IP Australia must really be an Accessing Office for purposes of trademarks, and I did it by posting an actual Certificate of Availability from the DAS system, showing that US trademark application number 77087422 is available to IP Australia through the DAS system. But more than a month has passed during which no trademark practitioner raised the following questions:
- How did I obtain this Certificate of Availability?
- If the USPTO is not a depositing Office for trademarks, then how is it that this US trademark application is available to IP Australia in DAS?
- To obtain this Certificate, I had to somehow get a DAS access code to plug into the DAS system. Where did I get this DAS access code, given that the USPTO does not provide DAS access codes for trademark applications?
- And most importantly, how is it that no reader of this blog even caught on that these questions needed to be asked?
If you somehow figure out or already know the answers to questions 1-3, please post a comment below. In doing so, you will gain recognition as a truly trendy, modern, and up-to-date trademark practitioner.