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  • 7 Questions You Need to Ask Your Transcription Vendor
    by Daniel Malgran on January 2, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Selecting a qualified transcription vendor can be a daunting task, especially when you’re counting on accuracy. These 7 questions should make you confident in your choice. The post 7 Questions You Need to Ask Your Transcription Vendor appeared first on Planet Depos. […]

  • Ringing in the New Year Throughout the World
    by Suzanne Quinson on December 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    The New Year is a time of looking ahead with hopes for good things to come and people wishing each other health, happiness and success in the coming year.  Festivities are varied, ranging from church services to fireworks, and sometimes include special meals or traditions.  Of course, Americans are familiar with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, the Scottish […] The post Ringing in the New Year Throughout the World appeared first on Planet Depos. […]

  • Holiday Traditions from Around the World
    by Vanessa Sanchez and Suzanne Quinson on December 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    There are many telltale signs of the holiday season creeping in. Colorful lights and decorations fill displays across town. Promotions for children’s toys are eye-catching, and the Salvation Army’s Santa Claus rings his cheery bells for all to hear. It feels like… the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is treasured all […] The post Holiday Traditions from Around the World appeared first on Planet Depos. […]

  • Take Your German Depositions to Amsterdam
    by Suzanne Quinson on November 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Recently we highlighted the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt has momentarily halted all depositions. Amsterdam, not too far from Frankfurt, is an appealing alternative, as well as another tourist hotspot. The post Take Your German Depositions to Amsterdam appeared first on Planet Depos. […]

  • Knockout Depositions: Gearing Up for a Winner
    by Suzanne Quinson on November 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    When you think about it, preparing for depositions, and your case in general, is not that unlike Rocky preparing for the big fight with Apollo Creed. Read on to get fired up about any upcoming depositions you may have and take them on like a heavyweight champ. The post Knockout Depositions: Gearing Up for a Winner appeared first on Planet Depos. […]

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  • A tribute to veterans
    by USPTO on November 20, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu There are currently more than 20 million U.S. veterans, over 1.2 million men and women serving on active duty in our Armed Forces and another 800,000 in the reserves. Many millions more have served in uniform since the birth of our nation, in peacetime and war. Behind every one of them is a story – of struggle, perseverance, camaraderie, triumph, and sometimes even tragedy. At the USPTO, we are committed to working with veterans who are transitioning or have recently transitioned from active duty. One way we do this is through our highly successful Veteran Hiring Program. In fiscal year 2018, 8% of new patent examiner hires and 17% of all other new hires were veterans or transitioning service members. Since the program began in 2012, we’ve hired approximately 800 veterans or transitioning service members. Once at the USPTO, we continue to provide a support network through the USPTO Military Association, an affinity group comprised of veterans, spouses of veterans, and employees who support our veterans and those still serving in the reserves. Clockwise from top left: Keepsakes from USPTO employees Mary Capodice, Troy Tyler, Dean Dominique, and Cevilla Randle. Photos by Jay Premack/USPTO. At the end of October, we unveiled our Veterans Keepsake Project, a photography exhibit highlighting stories and keepsakes of military service from USPTO employees and their loved ones. The intention of this effort was to take something so large and important like the millions of veterans who have served and are serving our nation, and find the individual stories within. The end results are personal and emotional accounts from USPTO employees that foster a reverence for service and sacrifice. On November 8, Lieutenant General David Halverson, U.S. Army, Ret., gave remarks at the USPTO’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. Before the event began, we toured the exhibit, and in the process we met many of the subjects in the photographs. Lieutenant General Halverson remarked on the power of stories and shared one of his own. Lt. Gen. David Halverson speaks to USPTO employee Anthony Twitty about his keepsakes. Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO. After his parents had both passed, he read the letters his father had sent to his mother during World War II. “That was a whole different man than I had ever grown up with. He never talked about his experiences in the Pacific on the landing craft. He never talked about it being hit by a Kamakazi. He never talked about him with all of the beach heads he had to hit as a gunner as people went there for maybe the last time in their life - all scared, all not knowing - but he put that in words and thoughts of the commitment to the love of my mother, why he was fighting, and the hope that he had to come home.” I encourage everyone to stop by and view the Veterans Keepsake Project through December 3, located on the concourse level of the Madison building on the east side of the auditorium at our headquarters in Alexandria. If you are unable to come in person, you can also view the photographs on the Veterans Keepsake Project page of the USPTO website. Also featured at the USPTO is the Visionary Veterans® exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, focusing on stories of five WWI veterans responsible for innovations that continue to benefit our world. It is important to remember and tell the stories of those who serve and who have fallen. As Theodore Roosevelt said in 1910, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.&rdquo […]

  • Passage of the Music Modernization Act
    by jabboud on November 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu The institutional knowledge of the USPTO spans beyond patents and trademarks and provides a resource to other government bodies on many aspects of intellectual property, such as music copyrights.   As part of our work here at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) we also provide deep expertise that can help advise other government bodies on all aspects of intellectual property. As significant legislation was passed by Congress over the past few weeks on a host of IP issues, we stood ready to help and offer further guidance. First, on October 11, President Trump signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. This bi-partisan bill passed both chambers of Congress unanimously. The new Act updates copyright law to reflect the realities of music licensing in the digital age and also seeks to adequately compensate legacy artists and music producers for the fruits of their labor. The law combines three separate music copyright bills: the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act, and the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act. Title I, the Musical Works Modernization Act, creates a blanket license for the reproduction and distribution of musical works by digital music providers who engage in digital streaming, and creates a new entity to administer the license and distribute royalties. Title II, the CLASSICS Act, brings pre-1972 sound recordings into the federal copyright system. Before this legislation, performers like Smokey Robinson did not have to be compensated for performances of songs like “Shop Around” or “I Second that Emotion.” Finally, Title III, the AMP Act, helps to compensate music producers by codifying and improving an already existing process for royalty payments to be distributed. I was pleased to attend and represent the USPTO at the signing ceremony for this legislation developed during multiple sessions of Congress. Throughout its development, USPTO staff was able to contribute to make this landmark law a reality – among other things, providing technical assistance to Congress, facilitating public forums at which music stakeholders discussed marketplace challenges, and producing reports for the Department of Commerce that identified online licensing problems to be addressed. President Trump recently also signed legislation implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Marrakesh Treaty aims to reduce the global shortage of print materials in accessible formats for the many millions of Americans and others throughout the world who are blind or visually impaired. This Treaty meaningfully increases the number of books available to this under-served population. In addition to its work on MMA, the USPTO helped in negotiating the treaty in 2013 and then assisting with the drafting of legislation to implement its terms. Congratulations to the copyright community and all who have worked tirelessly for years on these significant accomplishments. […]

  • A look at our new homepage features
    by jabboud on October 24, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    A guest blog by USPTO's Chief Communications Officer Chris Shipp Our commitment to customer service includes having a user friendly and valuable website. To that end, you may have noticed the homepage has a new look and improved features. For starters, if you are one of the 20 percent of users who visit on a mobile device you should find the homepage easier to read and navigate.Of course, we didn’t stop at mobile compatibility. If you are an independent inventor, entrepreneur, or a junior attorney, our “New to IP” section is for you. It links to practical and important basic educational resources about the USPTO. For visitors who know exactly what they are looking for, we have expanded the “Quick Links” section and renamed it “Find it Fast.” This feature provides direct links to our most popular Patent and Trademark Tools. A “Find it Fast” button also appears at the top of every subpage. To me, the most exciting feature of the new homepage is the “Journeys of Innovation” section. Each month we will highlight a new innovator story there. Currently, we are featuring Steve Katsaros, an inventor who is changing lives in the developing world. “Journeys of Innovation” provides an inviting and inspiring starting point for the site. More importantly, it illuminates remarkable stories of American innovation and entrepreneurship.You will also find a variety of tabs to guide you toward the latest USPTO news and upcoming public events. The lower section of the page highlights other ways to interact with us. Some examples include the Director’s blog, upcoming events, and educational multimedia. You can subscribe to much of the content offered in these sections so you never miss an important update or event. We made these changes based on your feedback, with the needs of our many customers in mind. At the USPTO, we know that improvement is a continuous endeavor. So, I invite you to share your thoughts about the new homepage either below or directly to the Office of the Chief Communications Officer. […]

  • Talking tech with USPTO’s Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
    by jabboud on October 15, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    By Adrienne Cox, Marketing and Communications, Office of the Chief Information Officer To be a technology executive these days is both challenging and exhilarating. More and more, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers(CTOs) are shaping the technology agenda, driving new IT investments, and fine-tuning teams. With vast amounts of data and new digital tools, CIOs and CTOs are helping guide transformational change in the digital age. It is no secret that diversity is essential for innovation. While progress continues on this front, a gender gap remains in the tech industry. Through initiatives and partnerships like All in Stem and Camp Invention, the USPTO encourages girls and young women to pursue STEM careers. I caught up with the USPTO’s Acting Deputy CIO Debbie Stephens to talk about what inspires her and some new items on the IT agenda. [Adrienne Cox] Over the course of your career, what were some key elements to your success? [Debbie Stephens] I am a continual learner. I not only learn a great deal from my mentees (both those older and younger), but I know that when you lift others up, help them go further, and make them a part of something bigger than themselves, we all benefit. [AC] What are some projects underway at the USPTO that have you most excited? [DS] Artificial Intelligence (AI) will increasingly be a strategic asset for our enterprise and part of our innovation playbook. We kicked off an AI initiative with a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on how AI could help fuel efficiencies in patent search. AI is the primary focus, but we are also interested in seeing how other advanced technologies like quantum computing, machine learning, and natural language processing can help. We also have a tremendous ecommerce effort underway. EFS-Web or Private PAIR users now have a new, more secure, and simpler log-in for their accounts. A migration tool is now available to link accounts and give customers a new way to gain access to multiple USPTO systems with one sign-in process. The new log-in method, replacing the digital certificate, not only saves time, but also prepares users for the transition to our next generation tool for electronic patent application filing and retrieval, Patent Center, coming in 2020.   [AC] The USPTO regularly has job openings for IT professionals. What are you looking for in potential candidates—what are the skills most in demand now for our teams? [DS] We need the core skills listed in any job opening, of course. But more than that, curiosity and tenacity are critical for us to innovate. [AC] What has been your favorite moment in your time at the USPTO? [DS] One of the most exciting moments for me was reaching the Patent 10 Million milestone. All organizational silos disappeared as the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Procurement, Patents, Office of the Chief Communications Officer, Office of General Law, and Office of Patent Information Management—six different groups—collaborated in a never-before effort to ensure the success of this historic program for the USPTO. [AC] What are you passionate about—besides technology for business value? [DS] Leadership. I am a perennial student of leadership, and am currently reading Simon Sinek on the power of why. Next up is John Maxwell’s latest book on leadership, focused on how to unlock one’s potential as a leader. Transformation in an organization needs ideas and energy from everyone. Leaders can set the agenda, but we don’t always have all the answers. So often, our colleagues are the source of insights, helping us see new dimensions in any issue. When you’re building systems as complicated as the ones we are, people need each other!&nbs […]

  • Spotlight on Commerce: Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, USPTO
    by USPTO on October 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Blog about the USPTO from the Department of Commerce Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Hispanic Heritage Month. Guest blog post by Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Technology Center Director Nestor Ramirez The United States Patent and Trademark Office is one of those amazing places in government you may not be familiar with. The Patent Examining Corps, in particular, is filled with over 9,000 scientists, engineers and other professionals who labor every day to reward our nation’s drive for creativity and innovation and in turn contribute to the development of our economy. I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the urging of my parents, I decided to seek my college degree in the mainland U.S. where I obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech. I certainly did not know much about the Patent Office until they came to visit my school campus about 29 years ago. I signed up for an interview and shortly afterwards, got an offer. Getting a job at the USPTO was, of course, the first opportunity this agency would give me but it would not be the last. At that point, I knew one thing, I was heading to Washington D.C. to begin my career at the USPTO! I started working as a Junior Patent Examiner examining applications in photocopying machines. As an examiner, I saw the transition of an entire industry into the digital age. I saw them transition from basic analog machines into systems with digital capabilities. I saw the proliferation of image editing, color capabilities and the advent of ink jet and laser printers. Fellow examiners in other groups were seeing patent applications on digital cameras, cell phones, televisions and millions of other inventions that would eventually change the world we live in. Most great inventions start with a patent and working at the USPTO gave me the opportunity to see technological innovation up close. Whether you examine patent applications or work on any other branch of government as federal workers in general, we have the opportunity to help the United States become a more prosperous nation. Every single day we have the opportunity to make a difference! Throughout my career, I got the opportunity to serve as a managing partner in charge of overseeing the USPTO’s transition to a paperless environment. I got the opportunity to expand my education and mentor hundreds of examiners and see them grow into successful professionals. I got the opportunity to become the first Hispanic Senior Executive in the USPTO helping shape the future of this office. I also got the opportunity to join the ComSci Fellowship Program participating on a one year assignment to the Executive Office of the President where I was assigned to the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House and served as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council. Growing up in Puerto Rico, I never ever thought that someday I would shake hands with a President of the United States. Today, we celebrate our Hispanic culture and heritage and recognize the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our nation. We come from many different backgrounds; South American, Central American and the Caribbean, we have very diverse histories, and very strong ties to family and to our ancestral homelands. We are an integral part of the diverse fiber of this country. We have had a significant role in our nation’s history and will have an even greater role in shaping its future. We are embracing that responsibility. As I reflect on my experience, I have enjoyed the benefits of opportunities and most importantly, I see the promise of opportunities for our future generations, opportunities for a great career, and opportunities to make a difference. The Department of Commerce and its bureaus and offices provide vital services to our nation and they are brimming with opportunities for future generations to enjoy a bright career and a prosperous future. Opportunities are out there and it is up to us to take advantage of them. […]

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  • Cloudy With a Chance of IoT attacks: The Cybersecurity Forecast for 2019
    on January 1, 2019 at 5:19 am

    2018 was a trying year for the cybersecurity industry, with breaches increasing and showing no signs of slowing as we enter the New Year. 2019 will bring its own threats with the propagation of new technology — 5G and IoT — and their security vulnerabilities. However, there's also progress on the horizon, thanks to more stringent government regulation and increasing legal action.      &nbs […]

  • Making Sense of YouTube's Monetization Policies
    on January 1, 2019 at 5:07 am

    This article delves into YouTube's policies for channel monetization, explores the different streams of revenue an artist or creator may be entitled to receive for their works, and offer suggestions to indie creators and more established creators, so they can meet these new thresholds.      &nbs […]

  • Risks in Online Collection of Children's Data
    on January 1, 2019 at 5:05 am

    As convenient, useful and cool mobile technology and interconnected devices are, they come with risks that remain largely unseen or, worse, ignored. Some pose security risks and privacy risk, like those present in voice-activated devices — especially for children. For manufacturers, they also pose regulatory litigation and insurance risks, especially when children end up using their “smart products.      &nbs […]

  • Bit Parts
    on January 1, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Complaints to Amazon by TV Show Host and His Attorney Didn't Constitute DMCA NoticesNo Actual Malice by Defendants in Libel Suit over Composite Character in Film      &nbs […]

  • Sticking a Hand in the Internet Cookie Jar
    on December 1, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Why Collecting Children's Online Data is a RiskAs convenient, useful and cool mobile technology and interconnected devices are, they come with risks that remain largely unseen or, worse, ignored. For manufacturers, they also pose regulatory litigation, and insurance risks, especially when children end up using their “smart products.      &nbs […]