Today the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it was delaying the effective date of the new rule requiring the electronic filing of all trademark documents and the provision of accurate email addresses for purposes of correspondence with the USPTO relating to all applications and registrations. The new effective date will be December 21, 2019.
The USPTO explained that the delay was intended to provide the USPTO with more time to prepare internally for implementation and to allow the public more time to “fully comprehend the nature of, and prepare to comply with, the new requirements before they are effective.” Supplementary Information, Sept. 24, 2019.
For more information about the requirements of the Rule, please note the following:
I am pleased to announce that I have joined the IP practice of the law firm, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in its Philadelphia Office. While I’m getting settled, I will not be in a position to post updates to this blog. However, this interruption will only be temporary and I hope to resume posting on new developments in the IP world again shortly – either here or on a blog to be created within the firm. Please stay tuned. If you need to reach me in the meantime, please email me directly.
Privacy and IP Law Blog
I am very pleased to announce that The Privacy and IP Law Blog has moved to WordPress, and to a dedicated domain – PrivacyandIPLawBlog.com! The blog will operate on both the Blogspot.com location and on the new location for a few months while all the kinks are worked out. Ultimately, the RSS Feed and subscriber links will also move to WordPress.
Why the switch?
Well, 2013 turned out to be a very busy year (on a personal level, so there aren’t as many articles posted here during the year!), and 2014 promises to be very interesting. Given the public debates about copyright reform, we will probably be covering copyright law more than previously. However, the 1976 version of the Copyright Act took over two decades to finalize (“In fact, former Register of Copyrights Barbara Ringer, who had worked closely with Congress for much of the 1976 revision process, later called it a ‘good 1950 copyright law.'” from March 20, 2013 Speech By Maria Pallante), so I do not expect that all of the issues raised about digital publication and distribution (among others) will be resolved overnight.
We expect to see more proposals on the trademark side as well, although it’s likely that members of Congress may avoid controversial issues this year. As a result, it is hard to predict whether we expect to see any revisions to the COICA/PIPA/SOPA drafts (relating to counterfeiting by predatory foreign websites), given that these proposals each had their own challenges in public debate.
I look forward to your comments in the coming year, and wish you all the best in your own practices! Continue reading
Below is the list of articles published to this blog in 2012 – in chronological order. Most of the year was focused on a study of counterfeiting remedies (some of which were not posted here, but elsewhere), which may continue in the next year. I also expect 2013 to include some interesting legislation on the trademark side, which I plan to address as they become relevant.
I look forward to your comments in the coming year!
No posts in December.
I am working on a webinar through Thomson West on trademark tips, and I’ll post details here as soon as they are available. This webinar is expected to broadcast in January/February 2013.
I am also planning a panel discussion in April 2013 at the ABA IPL Section meeting in DC on the topic of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy legislation. Links to the session and registration information will be provided once they are finalized.
And, more posts will continue in 2013 – I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!