Nathan leads Arkansas lawyers for new trademark filings

I wrote some custom software to automatically update a database of trademarks I file for my clients. This software notifies me daily of any changes to the status of my clients’ trademark applications. It also notifies me when deadlines get close or when renewal affidavits need to be filed. It’s a big help to my practice, and it helps me keep my clients informed in a timely fashion.

My software also analyzes statistical information about my clients’ trademark applications, such as average pendency, so I can give clients accurate estimates of the time it will take for various things to happen during the application process.

I recently wrote some new software to analyze statistics about all trademark applications naming Arkansas owners, and I’ll be featuring some of the insights on this blog going forward.

One of the first questions I asked was, “Who files the most trademark applications in the state?” The table below shows the answer:

I’m proud and pleased to be the attorney handling the most applications in the state over the last 12 months.

What would you like to know about federal trademark filings for Arkansans?

Trademark Dashboard

Last month, I posted about the Patent Dashboard, a fairly new feature on the USPTO’s website that provides statistics on how quickly and how well the USPTO is examining patent applications.

Last month, the USPTO’s Director announced a new Trademark Dashboard aimed at providing the same type of information for trademark application pendency. Currently, a trademark applicant can expect to hear something about an application within 3 months. Assuming no problems, total pendency is averaging a little under a year.

The new tool provides tons more useful statistics. As a practitioner, it is helpful to have this information available so I can give my clients a firm estimate of how much time it will take to secure a federal trademark registration. This represents a step in the right direction for the USPTO, which has been plagued by a lack of transparency about its operations in recent years.

Nathan develops political geolocation solution software

I recently completed the beta of a web-based political software solution that permits politicians, campaign managers, and volunteers to deploy campaign assets and report contacts with constituents using real-time, door-to-door visualization software. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge):

The user can move the map around and change the criteria in real-time, and pins and statistics show information about registered voters meeting those criteria within the map. This allows the user to explore potential voter contacts (whether by mail, door-to-door, telephone, or otherwise) in areas of arbitrary size based upon user-defined voter metrics.

The Intelection software is the result of several years’ worth of planning and thought on how to make the use of geolocation data easy and effective. It began with the creation of a map to disprove a defense theory of a failure to penetrate product markets in specific states during a federal trademark infringement case. The map was created by placing a pin on each town appearing in the cellular telephone records of the perpetrator of a bait-and-switch scheme. A screenshot showed that the defendant had penetrated nearly the entire country, particularly the southeast (click to enlarge):

Later, the same tools I developed in the trademark case were adapted to assist in a Court of Appeals race for the wife of my then-boss. This version was a proof-of-concept design that married voter profile data with geolocation information. At that stage, the purpose of the mapping feature was primarily to identify geographic areas with the greatest density of registered voters meeting criteria specified by the campaign manager. For instance, the map below shows the 35 or so areas of highest population density in Benton County, Arkansas (click to enlarge):

The problem with this solution was that every time the campaign wanted to change the metrics that defined which voters were counted in the density plot, I had to manually write a new query, execute scripts, collate the information, and report the results. Not the most efficient way to spend this attorney’s time, but I didn’t have time to put together a slick interface.

Once I could sit down with the knowledge I had acquired without the urgency of a campaign, I decided to put together an interface that would take my involvement out of the equation. Intelection is blossoming into the result of that effort.

I am currently looking to commercialize Intelection, whether via political software vendors willing to consider integrating Intelection into their own platforms via license or IP purchase (Intelection is patent pending), or by consulting with lawyers, businessmen, or other people who require robust yet easy-to-use geographic analysis tools. Please let me know if you would like more information.

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