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Archived updates for Friday, May 27, 2005

TGIF for Free Term Calculators (and Twine)

If you can't tell the expiration date of a patent just from looking at the front page, then check out the SSJR "Patent Calendar." According to their website, you can "view a customized U.S. utility patent expiration date and maintenance fee calendar" by simply filling in the information at

And, if you are uncertain when to renew your trademark registration, the can also "calculate the first three times you need to do so (further renewals are available)" and provide "a customized U.S. Trademark Registration renewal calendar" at

And while you're at it, why not visit The World's Second Largest Ball of Twine.

Thank Goodness It's Friday,

--Bill Heinze
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Anonymous J. Matthew Buchanan said...

Wow, the SSJR calendars must be great tools...Steve Nipper also recommended both their patent and trademark sites earlier this week.

I've never used them before, but will be sure to check them out.

May 26, 2005 9:34 AM  
Blogger Bill Heinze said...

Scooped again by the Invent Blog. Darn you Nipper!

May 26, 2005 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah - you weren't scooped - you just swiped another piece of information from someone else without giving credit.

You would think that after doing it a couple hundred times a week you would know that it isn't "swiping" its "plagiarism".

May 28, 2005 7:18 PM  
Blogger Bill Heinze said...

Thanks for the comment, Anonymous. See

May 29, 2005 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SSJR patent term calculator is neat, but it fails to reminder users that the earliest effective filing date cannot be a provisional app filing date. It should read "Earliest Effective Non-provisional Filing Date." Maybe the tool is for the initiated, but it might result in incorrect results for those less familiar with term calculation.

May 29, 2005 11:21 AM  
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