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« on: Jun 19th, 2006, 9:11am »
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Anyone belong to the National Association of Patent Practitioners?  Worthwhile?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 19th, 2006, 12:04pm »
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on Jun 19th, 2006, 9:11am, Bill Richards wrote:
Anyone belong to the National Association of Patent Practitioners?

Yes, many people belong.
 
Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
I do.
 
on Jun 19th, 2006, 9:11am, Bill Richards wrote:
Worthwhile?

Hard to say.  I used to participate in their mail lists, but something changed in the mail lists and I never re-upped.  It was moderately worthwhile for keeping up with news I might not have heard of yet from other sources.  Sometimes debates would rage for weeks about stuff that just doesn't apply to me -- whether agents can be partners in a law firm, and other details like that.
 
I guess I don't pay as much attention to what they do as I could.  I get their newsletter.  I thought NAPP would a good place to network and mingle, but I don't set aside sufficient time and resources to give the networking and mingling a chance.
 
If you have more questions, I'll try to be more helpful.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 19th, 2006, 3:17pm »
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I guess I'd like to know if the respondents there have the kind of knowledge about the little quirky USPTO practices that are hard to ferret out from the MPEP.  (No, I don't have an example right now.)
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 19th, 2006, 3:52pm »
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The mail lists are much more practitioner-centric there.  Whereas you might have 4-6 patent procedure wonks here to respond to a highly technical question, there you might have 4 times as many and you're much more likely to see a lively debate ensue.  
 
After a while the debates get old and can sometimes devolve into marginally polite name-calling.  I just sort of ran out of time to keep up.  I should probably re-up and try to follow.  It already takes up enough of my day just to keep up here -- hardly leaves much time to do real work....
 
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I use http://www.toolpat.com/ myself when I can't locate specific MPEP sections that I know are in there but can't relocate. It has a nice Google indexed search engine.
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