The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published their trademark statistic report for the second quarter of 2011. Thus far, the USPTO has recorded 112,970 trademark registrations and 189,064 trademark applications. The report also measured timeliness and provides the average number of months from the date the application is filed to the first action, which is currently 2.7 months, and a target ramge between 2.5 and 3.5 months from filings. The average number of months from filing to notice of abandonment, notice of allowance, or registration is approximately 10.9 months with a target of 12.5 months or less.
Time management is always challenging for lawyers, paralegals and staff. It is very easy to get overwhelmed in the volume of things that start to pile up. Because we are Internet Law Attorneys, we handle a tremendous amount of volume. We process over 200 prospects per month. Of those 200 prospects, we convert approximately 10% into clients, most of those on commoditized legal services, such as trademark registration, trademark and copyright infringement threat letters, domain name disputes, internet defamation analysis and related issues. The greatest bulk of our business comes from current clients who seek further services on a flat fee, defined deliverable basis.
All of this means that we handle a large number of clients each month on commoditized legal services. How do we keep on top of everything and make sure that client service is our number one priority? We focus on the next three things. Instead of seeing that we have fifty things to accomplish in a day, we pick them off three at a time. For any lawyer who’s seeking to “survive the day,” I would recommend using the “next three things” strategy. As long as you’re prioritizing things appropriately, you’ll keep clicking off tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
Outside GC, a national leader in on-demand, in-house legal counsel services announced its expansion last week into the New York and Washington, DC areas, according to press release. The firm plans to expand into the growing technology and media sector markets.
- ABAJournal.com: Virtual Law Firm Expands into New York and Washington, DC
- Washington Post: Outside GC joins rush to offer discount legal services in Washington
- ABAJournal.com: At Virtual Law Firm, Lawyers Will Work at Home, Earn 85% of Billings
CNN asked two attorneys to review the iTunes agreement and here are a few terms that users should be aware of:
As reported on TorrentFreak, in the case Vpr Internationale v. Does 1-1017, District Court Judge Harold Baker denied Canadian adult film company from accessing the personal information connected to IP addresses from various ISP’s because:
“The infringer might be the subscriber, someone in the subscriber’s household, a visitor with her laptop, a neighbor, or someone parked on the street at any given moment.”
This ruling is definitely a setback for attorneys who practice internet law, IP addresses are sometimes the only link to identify someone who has engaged in defamation, theft or other unlawful activity. Unfortunately, the pornography business is muddying the waters for attorneys who need IP address information in order to link unlawful activity.
As reported on the ABA Journal, a federal lawsuit has been filed by a couple from Casper, Wyoming against the rental company Aaron’s. The lawsuit contends that Aaron’s, Inc. installed software on a the couple’s laptop in order to take webcam photos, monitor keystrokes, take screenshots and otherwise spy on their customers.
The couple, Brian Byrd, and his wife, Crystal, learned about the software on their computer when Aaron’s manager showed up on their doorstep toting a photo of Brian Byrd, which was taken by the installed spyware.