Archive for the 'Productivity' Category

Patent Searching Resource

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I received a nice email this morning introducing me to a new free patent searching site,

It allows one to search the USPTO patents and published applications, and some European patents, at the same time. It also provides one with free multi-page PDF downloads.

IP Source

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Today, Carswell and Canada Law Book Inc. announced a joint agreement to collaborate in the development of an online research destination for us Canadian intellectual property practitioners. It is called IP Source and is part of the WestlaweCARSWELL Source series.

We currently subscribe to Law Source and I had found the Canadian content to be […]


Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Eugene Meehan, Q.C. publishes a wonderful electronic newsletter called L@wLetter in which he provides us Canadian lawyers with “hot-off-the-press” summaries on Supreme Court of Canada decisions, allowing us to be kept up to date on Canada’s most recent jurisprudence.

Every now and then our Supreme Court will deal with an important intellectual property law […]

Trademark File Wrappers (seems better today)

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

I seem to be having none of the problems I had the other day and I am actually finding some pretty useful information.

Oh, do I wish the Canadian Trade-mark Office had something similar.

Trademark File Wrappers (some bugs)

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Earlier today I tried accessing some USPTO trademark file wrappers through the new Trademark Document Retrieval system, but I was getting all sorts of errors. The worst was the site itself not coming up (I got a “portal not available” type of error).

Now I am able to get into the site, […]

Trademark File Wrappers

Friday, January 28th, 2005

I regularly file and prosecute U.S. trademark applications for my Canadian clients directly at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Yesterday, the USPTO released its new Trademark Document Retrieval system (TDR) that allows you to access trademark file wrappers for free. Wow, I checked out some of my recent applications. I’m […]

Trademark Tracking Software

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

For about a year now I have been using Oppedahl & Larson LLP’s status tracking software for my trademark practice. I use their Feathers software to keep an eye on my U.S. trademark filings and their Goosefeathers to track my Canadian trademarks. They also have other software for patent status tracking, trademark trial […]