Where Did It All Go (Wrong)?

by Ryan Alley on November 20, 2016

in General

You may have noticed that this blog hasn’t updated for some time (and if you didn’t notice, I perfectly understand). Frustrating when blogs and public commentators just disappear without notice, isn’t it? My apologies for doing just that.

So here’s a final post summing things up for Ryan Alley IP Blog and closing out this page, because finality is great. Why did this blog stop? I originally hoped blogging would be both a way to keep me occupied after starting my own practice as well as effective client development. These days, I’m fortunate that my income-earning activities keep me very busy. The flip-side is that other activities – like blogging – take a hit unless there is increased interest to sustain them. While I’ve kept active in AIPLA, Inn of Court, and other professional activities, the interest just wasn’t there for blogging. I still enjoy analyzing and commenting on recent IP developments, as I did in most posts here, but I can just as satisfyingly (and perhaps with less professional risk) do so in private without the timesuck. I also have to admit that, relative to the recent changes in the IP landscape and the country, I feel there is increasingly less value in taking lessons from individual CAFC cases, which many of my posts did. As for client development, this blog found an audience (of almost 500 visits/day at its peak in 2014) mostly among other attorneys in private practice and not so much among quality, volume clients. These two factors eventually conspired to kill my posting schedule last year.

There you have it. All older posts have been archived, and this whole page will be removed from the site probably just after the new year. Thanks again to everyone who has read, written responses, commented, and shared this blog over the past 5 years. For a time, it was awesome. But all good things…

Jason Taylor November 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

Not having time to blog more is one thing, but deleting your past posts of value to the IP community and serving as an advertising vehicle to future prospective clients of your competency in IP is another. I do not think your above does explains that latter and much different move you’ve actually already taken.

6k Games November 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Telling an IP attorney not to control his own IP because it should be free? lulz you do realize what biz Ryans in rite? Anyway, he referenced some professional risk in running a blog. eg, lawlyers always have to be careful about giving out legal advice. So why keep a discontinued blog around if it’s a liability?

Bye Ryan! See ya around never.

Jason Taylor November 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm

6k Games, he said there was a liability to having the old posts? Really? I thought he wrote, “…I feel there is increasingly less value in taking lessons from individual CAFC cases…these two factors eventually conspired to kill my posting schedule last year.” So that any anything else I saw was apparently about his posting schedule, not the decision to remove the old posts.

Incidentally, that argument about his no longer posting is interesting. The CAFC is the primary reviewing court of the USPTO. Recent changes in statute excepting, if that court is fair and consistent, I think to not look at it’s past precedent as the primary force of guidance is to go into darkness somewhat.

Ryan Alley November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Hi Jason; thanks. I just wanted to take everything down. A string of years-old posts would look neglected – not a look I want to convey. I figure that if anything was valuable, readers had long ago copied/shared it or could find a cached version. Thanks for reading!

Your favorite patent searcher :) December 16, 2016 at 10:47 am

Congratulations on the success! Your peers in this wacky patent world fully understand… None of us have unlimited resources (energy, time, etc.), so it is good to step back, evaluate, and redistribute on a regular basis. (Says the person with a stale news feed that hasn’t been updated in 11 months.)

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