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Happy Birthday to Us! turns 10!

Written by Gene Quinn
Patent Attorney & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
Principal Lecturer, PLI Patent Bar Review Course
Posted: October 10, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

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It is almost difficult to believe that 10 years ago today first launched.  At the time I was living in Orlando, Florida, and had just embarked upon what I had hoped would be a career as a full-time law school professor.  Things didn’t quite go according to plan on that front, but through all my travels, teaching at various law schools, becoming associated with the PLI Patent Bar Review course in 2001 and now being a paid writer and having my own patent law practice one thing has remained constant, and that is

I want to thank all those who have been readers and visitors over the years.  Over the years we have had well over 3 million unique visitors, and perhaps over 4 million unique visitors.  This year we are on pace to wind up with somewhere between 650,000 and 700,000 unique visitors.  I am extremely gratified that so many have found useful for one reason or another.

Times certainly change, and has grown over the years, changing both in look and feel and in substance.  For most of the 10 years we have provided information to individuals to help them better understand patents, copyrights and trademarks.  For a portion of that time we did a weekly newsletter that profiled every intellectual property case opinion, including some non-reported cases when it wasn’t so easy to find them.  That has given way to the Blog, which continues to grow in popularity.  There will no doubt be changes in the future; I am already contemplating a redesign of the website/blog to keep things fresh and moving forward.  With whatever changes happen, whether substantive or to the look and feel, will continue and I can only hope we have another 10 years as good as our first.

Again, thank you to everyone for joining me on this journey!

While it may be a little embarrassing, I thought it might be interesting to pay homage to some of the old, and outdated, looks has had over the years.

IPWatchdog circa 1999

IPWatchdog circa 2001 – 2002

IPWatchdog circa 2002 – 2003

IPWatchdog circa 2003 – 2006

IPWatchdog circa 2006 – 2008

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About the Author

is a Patent Attorney and the founder of the popular blog, which has for three of the last four years (i.e., 2010, 2012 and 2103) been recognized as the top intellectual property blog by the American Bar Association. He is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.


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  1. Thanks for keeping everybody updated on current events at the PTO and important patent cases working their way through the court system. You are providing a valuable service. Most of the information I read on your blog would be unknown to me but for your blogging.

    Also, thanks for the information you have posted on patent searches. I found that useful when I needed to do some patent research.

  2. Gene,

    Congratulations! It’s been good to be involved with IPWatchdog, and to have know you for these several years.

  3. Gene,

    Keep up the great work and the good fight! With all the negative (and false) so-called “facts” being put out there by the press about patent litigation as well as the numerous anti-patent blogs that have cropped up, its so refreshing to have this site to turn to for a clear, reasoned and articulate discussion of the issues. I think I speak for a lot of us out there when I extend my congratulations for this blog’s longevity and my thanks for your tireless efforts.

    A Fan

  4. Thanks Fan! I really appreciate your support and reading