New Patent Blogs

Book New blogs that I recently found:

  • PatentlyAcademic by an anonymous examiner going through the PTO’s training academy. I have no idea if it is true, but I consider this site something like the spawn of Patently-O.
  • PLI Blog by famed patent bar exam teachers White & Quinn
  • Patent Librarian by Canadian Michael White brings a fresh perspective.
  • Patentability Defined by Mike Kondoudis focuses his theories of patent prosecution.
  • Anticipate This! by Jake Ward of Perrysburg Ohio fame.

I continue to enjoy:

11 thoughts on “New Patent Blogs

  1. With shameless self-promotion, I’d like to bring to your attention a blog I write called the IP Factor which has a distinct Israeli slant. I try to cover interesting and quirky IP developments worldwide, but the main purpose is to report on Israel Patent Office rulings and Israel court decisions relatign to IP.

    We are getting about 2500 hits a month, which is chicken feed compared to patently-O of course. Nevertheless, it seems to be the most comprehensive resource in the English language on what is going on re patents, trademarks, design and copyright in Israel.

    The blog is found at link to blog.ipfactor.co.il

    and is hosted by wordpress: http://ipfactor.wordpress.com

    Since Israel has a well developed generic drug industry, we try to catch the main rulings (worldwide) relating to patent term extensions, patent invalidation proceedings and infringment charges that are drug related, particularly where Teva or Unipharm are involved.

    Finally, where stories are not in themselves important from a legal perspective, but are of interest to an Israeli / Jewish readership, we try to cover. Recent postings (with opinion) in this category include:
    *Uri Geller suing a critic who included a clip of him spoonbending on UTube for copyright infringment
    *Rival factions of Bobov Hassidim filing trademarks in the US and Israel to try to influence who will be recognized as the new Rebbe (grand rabbi)
    *Naomi Ragen sued in Israel by two separate authors claiming that her best-selling novels plagarize their work.

  2. To set the record straight, MaxDrei was advocating prison for those who are in contempt of court. I had thought that unremarkable, uncontroversial and unprovocative. In a “Loser Pays” system (which I was advocating) some mechanism is needed, to get the loser to pay up. In England, small inventors with winnable cases use contingency fees and insurance policies to limit their maximum financial risk to something they can pay, in the unlikely event that they lose. But they don’t lose, because the company that insures them, and the law firm whose opinion reassured the insurance company to back the action, are not going to lose. English contingency fees goes like this: the law firm charges double hourly rate if it wins, zero if it loses. Court makes an award of legal costs (at the x2 rate) if Small Inventor (SI) wins. Law firm very happy. Court orders loser to pay winner SI the insurance premium SI has paid, if SI wins. Small Inventor very happy. Yet your contributor Small Inventor (and another contributor who goes under the pseudonym Just an Ordinary Inventor (TM)) choose to construe my “prison for contempt” suggestion as an attack on “Small Inventors”. They should thank me, not curse me.

  3. I know this is a patent blog, but can anyone recommend a high quality trademark blog? Thanks.

  4. Exactly – they’re trying to get away from examining being a ‘locked in a small room with tons of paper’ job, and into a job where you use all your resources (not just computer programs and the internet, but people that know your art area way better than you) to find better prior art.

    I’m not finding production quite as hard as others, but, you guys from the first class are just hitting the one of the hardest periods in an examiner’s lifespan from what I can tell.. when you have an avalanche of amendments coming, but no allowances or abandonments to compensate for the time working on them (the amendments that you don’t get counts for).

  5. The Academy is trying to present the examination job as not being completely solitary. While the rejection itself is written by one examiner, the Academy seems to be attempting to have examiners who are comfortable talking to each other and coming up with the best possible rejection. The examiners from the Academy seem to be doing this, at least with the limited number of Academy examiners that I have maintained contact with (from the first class and some subsequent classes).

    Working on production is a rather rude awakening from the Academy, especially with the amendments. However, by now, all of us who finished from the first class should not be moving at a glacier pace anymore, with the few of us that I kept in touch with having production either close or high enough for production awards (keeping in mind that we only have one year of probation, and those examiners who couldn’t keep production are already gone, as the year probation ended almost a half-year ago.).

  6. Awww, that bright-eyed new examiner at PatentlyAcademic is just so cute. But, seriously, team-building exercises for such a solitary job? Okey-dokey.

    BTW, I’ve reviewed some actions from one of the students in the first class. They’ve been very good, but so far, the students appear to be working at a glacial pace. I think working on production will be a rude awakening.

  7. How about “ToHellWithSmallInventors”, or better yet, “JailSmallInventors” ?

    Sounds like a good blog for Max Drei

  8. These sort of reflect the style guide for IP blawg-naming conventions established by PatentlyObvious.
    How come there’s no InfringeThis, or InvalidlyDeclared, or WorstMode, JustTrolling? They’d find constituencies among the groups sounding in on patent reform.

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