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How to Add Figure Numbers to Patent Drawings using Adobe Acrobat

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:45:39 +0000

If you ever need to quickly add figure numbers to a number of sheets of drawings (each having a single drawing per sheet) for a provisional patent application and you have version of Adobe Acrobat Pro with the built in bates numbering feature: In Acrobat, select: Document Processing, Bates Numbering, Add, and then Add Files. … Continue reading How to Add Figure Numbers to Patent Drawings using Adobe Acrobat



Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:23:42 +0000

According to the USPTO, users will no longer be able to use Google Chrome to access PAIR/EFS-Web after September 2015. ADVISORY (22JUNE2015) In April 2015, Google Chrome removed the default ability to use the Java plug-in for browser version 42. This impacts your ability to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR because Java is required for … Continue reading Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015



USPTO First To File Roadshows

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:03:31 +0000

Via this USPTO webpage: The USPTO will be hosting seven half-day roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). In prosecuting patent applications according to the FITF provisions since March 16, 2013, the USPTO has recognized some complications … Continue reading USPTO First To File Roadshows



Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioners

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:40:09 +0000

Here are some helpful posts for patent and trademark practitioners on the use of Adobe Acrobat: Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog (ALPB) on Converting Color PDFs to Greyscale or Black and White. ALPB on Converting Color PDF to Greyscale PDF (An Update). ALPB on Acrobat 8: New Examine Document Feature. ALPB on Creating Email Portfolios … Continue reading Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioners



Free/Low Cost IP Statute Supplements

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:58:43 +0000

It used to be that almost every intellectual property attorney would personally have a printed copy of all of the U.S. patent, trademark and copyright statutes sitting on their desk. Every year, a new edition would be bought to replace the old edition… These compilations are not inexpensive. For instance, a softbound copy of “Federal … Continue reading Free/Low Cost IP Statute Supplements



The use of “characterized in that” in claims filed in the United States

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:27:43 +0000

PCT Rule 6.3(b) states that: Whenever appropriate, claims shall contain: (i) a statement indicating those technical features of the invention which are necessary for the definition of the claimed subject matter but which, in combination, are part of the prior art, [and] (ii) a characterizing portion-preceded by the words “characterized in that,” “characterized by,” “wherein … Continue reading The use of “characterized in that” in claims filed in the United States



Upcoming USPTO Webinar: “Patent Litigation Tool Kit”

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:03:23 +0000

The USPTO has announced a new webinar entitled the “PATENT LITIGATION ONLINE TOOL KIT”: Main street business owners and consumers have received letters accusing them of using a patented invention, along with demands for money to settle the dispute. The USPTO will be hosting a webinar discussing the Patent Litigation Online Tool Kit (please see … Continue reading Upcoming USPTO Webinar: “Patent Litigation Tool Kit”



Patent Application Paragraph Numbering in Microsoft Word

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:55:16 +0000

Rule 1.52(b)(6) provides: Other than in a reissue application or reexamination proceeding, the paragraphs of the specification, other than in the claims or abstract, may be numbered at the time the application is filed, and should be individually and consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals, so as to unambiguously identify each paragraph. The number should consist … Continue reading Patent Application Paragraph Numbering in Microsoft Word



Does Idaho need a Patent and Trademark Resource Center?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:39 +0000

Did you know that there are currently three (3) U.S. states which do not have a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) (f/k/a Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL)). The states: Idaho, New Mexico, and Oregon. That list may soon change. Per an email I received today: Albertsons Library at Boise State University is investigating the … Continue reading Does Idaho need a Patent and Trademark Resource Center?



What is the most current Java version for EFS-Web/Private PAIR?

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:05:05 +0000

According to an email I received from an agent at the USPTO Electronic Business Center earlier today (8 July 2014) – Java Version 7, Update 60 is the most currently supported version. How do you tell which version you have installed? PC – go to Settings, then Control Panel, and select Java. On the “General” … Continue reading What is the most current Java version for EFS-Web/Private PAIR?