Posted by J Matthew Buchanan at August 22, 2005 11:42 PM
We are pleased and excited to announce that we have created RSS feeds for all news items and notices released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
They haven’t done it or shown any intention of doing so, so we did!
Many of our readers will no doubt agree that the Office’s News and Notices site is a woefully antiquated and inadequate means for distributing important information to the intellectual property community. We believe this site stands as a stark reminder of the Office’s failure to implement RSS technology. We’ve ranted on this in the past, but have seen no action or commentary by the Office.
So we decided to take matters into our own hands.
Today we launch the following four RSS feeds that mimic the categories used by the Office:
Official Gazette and Federal Register Announcements (feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RethinkIP_USPTO_OG )
General news items (feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RethinkIP_USPTO_GEN )
Patent news items (feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RethinkIP_USPTO_PAT )
Trademark news items (feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RethinkIP_USPTO_TM )
A fifth feed includes ALL items for each of the four categories listed above (feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RethinkIP_USPTO_ALL )
Go ahead and subscribe. Who knows, you might find yourself actually reading PTO news and notices on a regular basis!
We believe this Rethink(ip) project is a great example of a practical application of RSS technology and we hope it will expand the use of RSS throughout the IP community. We also hope it will grab the attention of decision-makers at the PTO and encourage them to take a serious look at RSS.
If you have any questions regarding RSS or how to use the feeds, please contact any of us at the addresses listed on the main rethink(ip) site.
UPDATE: Other IP RSS feeds can be found here.