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Archive for October, 2013

USPTO issues updated TMEP

30 Oct

On October 30, 2013, the USPTO issued the October 2013 TMEP, which incorporates USPTO trademark practice, amendments to the Trademark Rules, and relevant case law reported prior to October 1, 2013. The policies stated in this revision supersede any previous policies stated in prior editions, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy, to the extent that there is any conflict.

The manual is found here http://tmep.uspto.gov/RDMS/detail/manual/TMEP/Oct2013/d1e2.xml

 
 

USPTO introduces GSPN which is actually SIPO

22 Oct

SIPO is China’s  State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) hence the nickname for the database as SIPO. The USPTO provides a link to it at http://gpsn.uspto.gov/ deceptively made to appear like the USPTO is the source of the database. Rather embarrassing for the USPTO if you ask me, to plagiarize SIPO and pass it off as GSPN. It seems to be an admission by USPTO that the USPTO patent searching tools are not up to date with such things as GAPS (Google Advanced Patent Search) or FPO (Free Patents Online & Cobalt IP) or the premium patent search sites like Delphion, Lexis/Nexis, and Pantrop IP. Still SIPO provides English language access to Chines patent publications, something that has been unavailable to most inventors and practitioners before. A proper patent novelty search should now include GSPN.

 
 

USPTO Proves Independent Inventors Low Priority

14 Oct

Independent inventors watch with amazement as the USPTO shows its true colors. The first thing cancelled by the USPTO? – Yes, the Independent Inventor Conference. http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/events/Alexandria_Main.jsp

Independent inventors know where they stand in the priority of the USPTO, at the back end of the line. There already was little doubtafter the “Fast Track For Fat Cats” program was adopted to let the rich to, literally, jump to the front of the line for processing while independent inventors go to the back of the line for processing.

Now, if IBM wanted a conference by the USPTO, say to Pat Leahy themselves on the back about the A-IBM-A, would they be as quick to cancel? No that was held on time as scheduled. http://www.uspto.gov/news/speeches/2013/rea_AIA_anniv.jsp

Other meetings will be held  http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/notices/Madrid_Protocol_Seminar.jsp,

or just pushed back. http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2013/13-28.jsp

Government of the people, by the rich, for the rich. Something got replaced there.