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Pickering prickles -- and it ain't pretty

By now, most of you know that Judge Charles Pickering, frustrated since January in his attempts to sit on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, as nominated by President George W. Bush, has retired.

But he had a little something to say before he walked out the door, as Volokh Conspiracy blogger Orin Kerr points out. Pickering's "raw deal" aside, Kerr writes, "remarks like that don't help his legacy."

Story problems for patent lawyers

Who said lawyers didn't need to know math? Check out the new USPTO fees in action: Bill Heinze links a filing fees example here.

...and computer problems for patent lawyers

This also just in:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is releasing updates to the Patent Electronic Filing System (EFS) software in response to passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, on Dec. 8, 2004. This software must be installed as of Dec. 23, 2004, in order to submit any electronic patent filings.

Fortunately, I/P Updates has the answers here -- including information on the software's upgrades, data updates and links to learn more. Thanks, Bill.

Ashcroft v. Raich or Feds v. Meds

Professor Randy Barnett, who argued California's side in Ashcroft v. Raich, recommends a few "particularly insightful analyses" of the case here.

How do you make ends meet when you hang out your own shingle?

Carolyn Elefant invites you to use her blog,, to post your best advice to other solos and small firms. She offers up some of her own, too, taking issue with a recommendation to swap work for free office space.

Posted by Laurel Newby on December 9, 2004 at 06:34 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


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