This column highlights some of the more notable recent online notices, newsletters, and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.

IPWatchdog – a patent law blog –

  • On January 3, 2020, a post by Gene Quinn announced that the USPTO has now stopped accepting requests for participation in the IP5 PCT Collaborative Search and Examination pilot program. The cap was set for only 100 international applications filed in the U.S. (Details here.)

Patent Docs – A patent blog –

  • In a January 7, 2020 post, Michael Borella discussed technical problems with filing application specifications in the DOCX format. It is noted that the USPTO proposes a $400 additional fee for filing a specification in PDF format. Details here.

AIPLA – the profession’s national organization – see

  • AIPLA will hold its 2020 Spring Meeting May 6-8, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas More information on this meeting and other events are available here.


The Chisum Patent Academy will hold one seminar in 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1-2, 2020. More information is available here.

For more information about any of the patent topics mentioned, consult Patent Application Practice. Trademark topics are discussed in Trademark Registration Practice. Both are published by West and updated twice a year. For patent prosecution or litigation questions, contact Fred Douglas at 949/293-0442 or by email at