Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 126

  • Oral arguments for the Bilski case have been set for November 9, 2009. (via Vobach)
  • Ryan Durham of Novak Druce has created a Google Maps application (mash-up) to locate registered patent attorneys and patent agents. The software is still in Beta, but is pretty cool. [link]
Dennis Crouch

About Dennis Crouch

Law Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.

15 thoughts on “Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 126

  1. I just exchanged a series of emails with Ryan Durham about the map. As many people have commented there are attorneys/agents missing from the display. Apparently Goggle has a cap on the number of pins in an area and as a result numerous attorneys in heavily served areas, such as California, do not appear so it is inaccurate and misleading. I presume he is tracking down a solution to this problem

  2. UPDATE: in my testing I’ve found out that Google Maps has (an as yet undetermined) upper limit on the number of points displayed in a single map. So in more populous states (like CA and VA), a handful of people aren’t showing up. I’m working on a workaround :)

  3. There’s only one person at my firm listed. Is it possible that it is only listing one person per address? Why are some of the pins blue? But my name does not show up on the left either.

  4. I’m looking into the issue of a few missing names. All the names that are “missing” are in the KML files passed to Google Maps, but aren’t being listed as a point on the map. I’m not sure why a only a few particular entries are not being displayed, but I’m looking into it. I’m not discriminating against anyone 😉

    Thanks for your patience if your name isn’t showing up :)

  5. Missing in Houston: Let me know what the names are so I can work bugs out. The mashup is definitely in beta, so I’d love to get feedback to make it more robust :)

  6. Dennis,

    Can you provide a statistical analysis of how often PAIR is down? The Office needs to quit devoting so much attention to their continuous redesign of their website and work on reliability, which seems to be getting worse over time.

  7. Concur on lack of listing in database, for all three (3) patent attorneys in our firm, plus the other patent attorneys at two other firms in the same building. Our three attorneys are definitely in the txt file identified by Ryan (just checked).

  8. The database used is the official PTO nightly database. Email me privately your info and I’ll look at the record and figure out why it’s not there. ryandurham (at) gmail (dot) com

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