If you are a user of Twitter you have probably seen more than a few tweets, always on Friday’s, using “#FF” followed by a number of names. “#FF” stands for “Follow Friday.” On Fridays many Twitter users will suggest who others should follow by tweeting with the hashtag #FF. If this doesn’t make any sense to you — no worries.
For me Twitter is about news and information. It is one of the ways that I keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening, so I put a premium on those who convey information. I also typically prefer those who are not “machine like” Tweeting dozens of things over a short period of time. Let me know about what YOU believe is worth my time. If I wanted a disk dump I would just go to Google News.
Those with Twitter accounts who are looking for some good folks to follow look no further. Likely everyone in the industry is already familiar with folks like Professor Dennis Crouch of PatentlyO, who tweets @patentlyo, so I tried to focus (for the most part) on some lesser known tweeters. Below are some of my favorites on Twitter; people who in my humble opinion are excellent to follow. You may also want to check my previous recommendations. See Follow Friday: IP Tweeters on Twitter.
Beth Hutchens of Hutchens Law Office tweets @HutchensLaw. Beth is a patent attorney who also has a healthy trademark and copyright practice. She has been a guest contributor on IPWatchdog.com for approaching 2 years now. Her articles on IPWatchdog.com are usually both funny and extremely informative, and we are very luck to have her unique brand of entertaining educational writing.
On Twitter Beth currently has 329 followers. What is up with that? How is that possible? She should easily have 10 times that number! Her tweets are always to interesting information, typically relating to trademarks, copyrights or brand building, although she also tweets about unique legal stories of all kinds. She does not burn up the Twitter feed, posting not every day and then maybe once or twice a day for a while. She is selective in her tweets, which is a requirement for me when I follow someone.
If you are not following @HutchensLaw what are you waiting for? She is an absolute must follow in my opinion.
Mark Summerfield is the editor and primary author of the Patentology blog. Mark is a registered Australian Patent Attorney with a PhD in the field of optical fibre communications technology. Prior to becoming a patent attorney he worked with two different start-up ventures in the telecommunications space, one of which was developing innovative optical networking technologies, the other design automation software.
On Twitter Mark currently has 415 followers. Again, what is up with that? Mark tweets about all things technology and law. He focuses on the interesting and cutting edge. He doesn’t limit his tweeting to Australia matters, but also tweets about European issues and interesting IP news and happenings in the U.S. He is judicious in his tweeting and only seems to tweet things that are interesting and worth knowing for those of us in the industry. Definitely add @patentology to your Twitter followers list!
The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law is the largest intellectual property organization in the world and the oldest substantive Section of the American Bar Association.
Tweeting via @abaipl, they are rather active on Twitter. Rest assured, however, that they are tweeting interesting and engaging things. They follow all the major IP bloggers and those on Twitter, retweeting in addition to composing unique tweets. So if you are interested in following an excellent aggregator then definitely add them to your follow list on Twitter.
Lorraine Fleck is a lawyer and registered trademark agent who practices at Hoffer Adler LLP in Toronto Canada. She focuses her practice on advertising and marketing, copyright, information technology, privacy and trademark law issues. Lorraine has served two terms on the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Security Interests Subcommittee, and is currently on INTA’s Internet Governance and Contractual Relationships Subcommittee. Lorraine is also an executive member of the Toronto Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) (U.S.A and Canada).
Lorraine founded the IP Address® blog, which reports developments in Canadian information technology, intellectual property, marketing, packaging and labeling, and privacy law. She Tweets @lorrainefleck. She is active on Twitter, but most everything is related to either the intellectual property world, Internet issues or marketing/communications. She might be tweeting about an intellectual property dispute dealing with wine label confusion, privacy issues on Facebook, or any number of high-tech Silicon valley IP or Internet issues. There is a wide variety in her Tweets, which is great if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the broader industry as a whole. She is a must follow.
Paul Fucito describes himself on Twitter as a “strategic communications, public affairs, and media relations professional.” Paul is also a former radio personality and admitted “horrible speller.” You won’t see me giving anyone a hard time about their spelling or typos! Rather, I prefer to focus on content and the tweets by Paul are always interesting. Take for example his recent tweets about an article from Science Daily about how computer scientists have identified what makes movie lines memorable. In addition to the patent related tweets and information this kind of interesting tangent will likely satisfy the general scientific and technological curiosity of those in our industry.
Finally, if you are interested in following those who actually make the news in the IP world I suggest:
@WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
@USPTO – United States Patent and Trademark Office
@EPOorg – European Patent Office
@The_IPO – UK Intellectual Property Office