Archive for January, 2005

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, […]

What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know About Patents

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Stephen Nipper, of The Invent Blog, recently published an article on the IP Law Practice Center’s website which discusses the five things corporate counsel needs to know about patents. A link to the article, without a subscription requirement, can be found here (perhaps for a limited time only)

Mr. Nipper provides answers to the following […]

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 […]

CIPO launches IP Toolkit

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

CIPO, as part of its public awareness and educational activities, yesterday launched its new on-line IP Toolkit. This kit is intended as a stand-alone resource on IP. It contains reference modules that answer questions typically asked by businesses and entrepreneurs.

Invention Promotion Firms

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Every once in a while I see a client who has an invention and, prior to seeing a patent lawyer or patent agent, has contacted an invention promotion firm. These firms advertise on television and the Internet, and offer services in relation to both patenting and marketing inventions.

Over the last few years […]