Leosghost - 6:27 pm on Sep 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Interesting ..thanks :) I'll look into that further..
Here in France, the same thing costs around $30.oo and is date and time "stamped"..takes around 30 days to get the paperwork back ..but is instantly valid legally from the time they receive it..
Plus we can do "on line" witnessing and authentication as the original date of creation / publication etc via "huissiers" ( akin to, but not exactly, a notary public or a bailiff ) ..I don't mind investing a few hundred or so per time ..I pay for registration of designs ( even website designs ) and photos , drawings etc and trademarks..that costs me around $250.oo per "batch" here..
Thus I don't need a lawyer to fight that sort of thing here, I can ( and have ) fought and won each time representing myself..
A system where I ( or anyone else outside the USA ) could register at a reasonable price, and not have to travel , show up, pay lawyers, etc to win ..would be ideal..
No point in going to all that "lawyer, travel, stay, time" expense and inconvenience, only to find that the infringer is flat broke and just spends all day pinning ..a win over someone(s) who can't pay is an essentially pyrrhic victory..