• http://foreword.ospreydesign.com Amanda

    Very, very nice!

    Congratulations.

  • Kevin M. Brooks

    Is there an updated graph available?

  • Will Henchy

    Bravisimo! Glad to help. :)

  • Dave Ethington

    I’m not sure if this has been considered, but I think it would be a good idea for DigitalConsumer.org to send out a notice to all of it’s members. This should be important to most of their members.

  • http://www.dejimah.com/goyou/ Satoh “GO-YOU” Takahiro

    Dear Larry

    Congraturations!

    I’d like to introduce one of hottest topic among Japanese bloggers.
    A Syntem integrating company “GAIAX” applying to registrate the word “BLOG” as their own trademark in Japan… so funny…


    ” rel=”nofollow”>GAIAX


    ” rel=”nofollow”>Japanese Pattent Office (Trade Mark Database)

    I’m plannning to begin another little “Reclaim the Public Domain” petition in Japan.

    your loyal reader :-)

  • Anonymous

    It just passed 11,000.

  • http://www.kocharhook.com/nick/ Nick Kocharhook

    I linked a friend to the petition, and he was reluctant to sign it based on his fear that the program will cost the government too much money. I can see his argument, and tried to tell him that at something reasonable like a $10 processing fee they’d be able to break even. Or even end up like the USPTO and be a “cash cow” based on actual income (which is something no agency but the IRS seems to be able to claim these days).

    This argument didn’t sway him though. Mostly because it costs thousands of dollars to get and keep a patent.

    What do I tell him? Can this program be self-sufficient? Is it techincally and financially feasible? I sincerely hope the answer is yes.

  • Kevin

    In reply to: “Mostly because it costs thousands of dollars to get and keep a patent.”

    Yes, because in theory, the patent office is supposed to more than simply grant and keep track of patents. Given the quantity of copyrighted works, it should be very feasible to charge only $1 and break even (perhaps a processing fee for non-electronic transactions would be required).