Light Switch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin -- Vol. 1; No. 3 February 1, 2012


In This Issue:

"WHEN YOU NEED YOUR PATENT FAST:  Choosing Between “Track 1” and Accelerated Examination" and "DOT COM WHO?"

Choosing Between “Track 1” and Accelerated Examination

Currently, it takes three or more years to get a patent. That length of time is a significant disadvantage for businesses because of the inherent uncertainty of not knowing when or whether a patent will issue and what effect the passage of time will have on the value of that invention. Happily, the US Patent and Trademark Office now has two alternative routes for getting a patent within one year of the filing date of an application – assuming the invention described in the application is patentable at all: Track 1 and Accelerated Examination. Track 1  is  a  relatively  new  procedure; Accelerated Examination has been in use for almost five years. Which route should you choose?


Today, the Internet is the go-to venue for advertising and selling all types of goods and services. Controlling how potential consumers find information on the Internet, therefore, is of great importance to any business or entrepreneur.

Each Internet website is located at a global address, called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), within the World Wide Web. The most recognized part of this address by a consumer is the domain name. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages.  Particularly, the right-most portion of a domain name (e.g., the “.com” of com) is referred to as its “top-level domain” (TLD). TLDs with three or more characters are referred to as “generic” TLDs, or “gTLDs.”

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