Comments: Thousands of patent attorneys read Patently-O every day. (This week, we’ll reach 3,000,000 visits). In addition to ‘passive’ readers, Patently-O has also been recognized as fostering an open discourse on patent law and its application to particular cases. These discussions — usually through comments — are written at a fairly high-level and continue to help me develop an understanding of the changing law. Thanks to all of you who have left comments or otherwise contacted me about our recent patent law debates. Two things to put people on notice:
- I allow anonymous and unfiltered comments because many patent attorneys don’t want to go ‘on record’ about much of anything. You should be aware that the Typepad software does record your network’s IP address. Thus, I can tell if you are writing from the FAA, US Courts, Quinn Emanuel, etc. Although I don’t know, I suspect that a networking expert could potential drill-down for more specific information. I won’t give this information out to anyone without a subpoena — but Typepad does keep it on record.
- There should be no need to mention this, but perceived anonymity sometimes blinds people — comments sometimes get out of line. My tendency not to censor comments, but instead to simply block offending commenters from ever posting.
Around the horn:
- RTIP has announce The Resolution, a new quarterly magazine covering based on their site FedCirc.us. First issue is free, subscriptions are $249. RTIP will be competing directly with BNA’s Weekly Journal of the Patent Trademark & Copyright office, which sells for $2096.
- Kevin Noonan takes-on the NYT and its anti-patent rhetoric.
- Barkoff continues to maintain his Hatch-Waxman tracker at the Orange Book Blog.
- Second Life and First Life.
- Duke’s iBlawg discusses the aftermath of eBay.
- Just-a-patent-examiner is still going strong [LINK].
- Professor Abramowicz further develops his patent prize paper here.
Quote of the week comes from Dan Ravicher discussing Patriot Scientific’s troll-like behavior:
“While one can’t blame them for doing what is in their self interest – much like one can’t blame cockroaches for appearing when it is you who left crumbs on the counter – it is past time for our policy makers to ask themselves whether such activity is beneficial for the public, or is instead a siphoning of resources that could be better spent on doing technological research or passed on to consumers in lower prices for goods.”