Who’s Joe?

The Letter of Protest resources available on this website were produced with extensive guidance from USPTO staff, especially that of an Attorney Advisor with more than 20 years experience.

Previously I have referred to this individual online as “my friendly Attorney Advisor contact” or “my USPTO Attorney Advisor friend.” But these terms imply a relationship of favoritism that does not exist.

USPTO staff, including Joe, have all shared their knowledge and guidance without any sign of favoritism or partiality. Anyone affected by overreaching or frivolous trademark applications may call USPTO for guidance to locate the specific sections of their website where information concerning their situation can be found.

Staff attorneys are not allowed to offer legal advice as they must remain impartial in the process. I have always found USPTO employees happy to answer specific questions regarding proper procedures, or reasons that a specific Letter of Protest was denied.

Joe’s nickname protects his privacy and reflects his careful impartiality. Because when I think of Joe, he reminds me (in a good way) of Joe Friday:“All we know are the facts, ma’am.”

Thanks, Joe! You’ve made quite a difference!

Narcissism, Neglect, and Addiction: Must-Listen Podcast

Joe Polish’s interview with Dr. Gerber Maté had me weeping not once but twice.  Once for the reminder of trauma I thought was forgotten; once for the damage caused by wrong responses… responses that perpetuate the narcissism/trauma/addiction cycle in our families. And, for the record, we’re all in dysfunctional families. What with sin and selfishness, that’s the only kind there have ever been. 

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: A Candid Conversation About Addiction with Gabor Maté and Joe Polish 

From my perspective as a Christian, this interview is a reminder of how vital it is that we find our identity in Christ. That’s because only God’s love — agape love, unconditional love — doesn’t need the other person to reciprocate for it to continue. But if we don’t know we’re loved… if we go around hungry for affirmation… we’ll be stuck. We’re hopelessly unable to give out what we don’t have.

Trademark Failure to Function by Dr. Roberts

Iowa Law Review Trademark Failure to Function and Letter from Dr. Roberts
Iowa Law Review Trademark Failure to Function and Letter from Dr. Roberts

Yippee! Tonight the boys brought this in the mail… my long-awaited copy of Dr. Alexandra Roberts’ Trademark Failure to Function article for the Iowa Law Review.

I am beyond ecstatic! My sweetheart knew something was up when I brought it to him, bouncing with excitement as I was. I’m still a bit giddy, and I’ll tell you why. For those of us in the Amazon/Etsy space fighting frivolous trademarks, this work is a monumental step towards changing things!

On top of that, Dr. Roberts was kind enough to include us (creatives who have used the USPTO’s Letter of Protest system to fight back) in a couple of footnotes. Better still, her article suggests common-sense solutions to the current problem… but alas, I did not take notes on my first skim through, so I’ll have to create a follow-up to this post later.

Seriously, you should totally send a thank you note to Dr. Roberts:

Dr. Alexandra J. Roberts
University of New Hampshire
UNH School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

For those who don’t know, I discovered Dr. Roberts through this post by attorney Ron Coleman. After I sent her a thank-you email, we ended up corresponding a good deal about how this issue is affecting the print-on-demand industry. I sent her research I’d gathered through Trademark Watch Dawgs (back when I was active in that group) and my own private nerdiness. (Hence the mention in the footnotes.)

So, wow bo diddly, this article is roughly a gazillion pages long, and my/our part in it is pretty small. Which puts me in even greater awe of Dr. Roberts, just for being able to compile so much evidence that change is needed, and to articulate a plan. Respect.

You can read her full article online! Footnotes 31 and 207 mention yours truly. I’m so honored to be included in this important work!

Praying for the Lost

Many are burdened for lost loved ones or wayward children. This is a reprint of an out-of-print tract to encourage and empower genuine spiritual warfare on their behalf. The original web page is at Timeless Truths. What follows is a copy of the article in its entirety for your ease of reference. (I’ve added a header script to this post so that the link juice of the original article is maintained, and to hopefully avoid a duplicate content penalty by Google.)

How I Learned to Pray for the Lost

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.*

We know that believers everywhere are burdened for unsaved or backsliding loved ones. However, many are praying in a spirit of fear and worry instead of in faith.

This has caused the writer to seek for definite light on how to pray, feeling the need of praying the right prayer, also the need for a definite promise or word upon which to base our faith when praying for the unsaved. Praise God, He never fails to give such needed help.

Perhaps because the salvation of some looked to us to be an impossibility, the first Scripture that was given us was:

With God all things are possible.*

The next scripture had occupied our attention sometime before, but with new emphasis now:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations [margin: reasonings], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ*

This shows the mighty power of our spiritual weapons. We must pray that all this be accomplished in the ones for whom we pray: that is, that the works of the enemy be torn down.

Finally we were given the solid basis for our prayer—the ground of redemption. In reality, redemption purchased all mankind, so that we may say that each one is actually God’s purchased possession, although still held by the enemy. We must through the prayer of faith, claim and take for God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that which is rightfully His. This can be done only on the ground of redemption. We do not mean to imply that because all persons have been purchased by God through redemption, they are thus automatically saved. They must believe and accept the gospel for themselves: this our intercession enables them to do.o pray in the name of the Lord Jesus is to ask for or claim the things which the blood of Christ has secured. Each individual for whom prayer is made should be claimed by name, as God’s purchased possession in the name of the Lord Jesus on the ground of His shed blood.

To pray in the name of the Lord Jesus is to ask for or claim the things which the blood of Christ has secured. Each individual for whom prayer is made should be claimed by name, as God’s purchased possession in the name of the Lord Jesus on the ground of His shed blood.

We should claim the tearing down of all the works of Satan, such as false doctrine, unbelief, hatred, etc., which the enemy may have built up in their thinking, and that their very thoughts shall be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

In the authority of the name of the Lord Jesus, claim their deliverance from the power and persuasion of the Evil One, and from the love of the world and the lust of the flesh. We should pray also for the quickening of their conscience, and that God might grant them repentance and hearing ears and believing hearts as they hear or read the Word of God. Pray that God’s will and purpose be accomplished in and through them.

Intercession must be persistent, not to persuade God, for redemption is of God, but because of the enemy. Our prayer and resistance are against the enemy, the awful powers and rulers of darkness (Daniel 10:2-13; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 5:8-9). It is our duty before God to fight for the souls for whom Christ died. Just as some preach to them the good news of their redemption, just so others must fight back the powers of darkness on their behalf. Satan yields only what and when he must, and he renews his attacks in subtle ways; therefore, prayer must be persisted in, even long after definite results are seen. We must hold what is taken for God against the enemy until such time as that soul is firmly established in the faith.

Satan has succeeded in keeping God’s people in the dark about Christ’s finished work on Calvary—and his defeat there. He has succeeded by deception in convincing the Church that he is almost, if not quite, as powerful as God, when actually he has no power at all—that is, he has no legal standing, no rights, no authority.

The devil knows that when the Church fully realizes the utterness of his defeat, and how to use the authority which has been delegated to her, his evil reign is over.

Therefore, he seeks by every means possible to keep God’s people in the dark, to prevent their knowing about and using the authority which is theirs.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.*

Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.*

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.*

Our Year of Autism Therapy

As we were leaving my friend’s house-warming party yesterday, she mentioned what a blessing it will be to have land enough to build homes for their two autistic children. I had no idea there was any issue with either child (they’re both very high-functioning).

Our conversation reminded me of the year our family spent pursuing neurodevelopment to improve or correct some minor issues:

Slow auditory processing;
Sensory issues (aversion to touch);
Delayed reading;
Delayed math skills;
Car sickness, the tendency to nausea.

The program we tried has been used with success to treat autism, Down Syndrome, ADD, Learning Disabilities, stroke victims, and more. We saw significant gains from using the program, so I wanted to link it here.

To get an overview of the program (and read a lot of success stories!), check out Linda Kane’s book, A Neurodevelopmental Approach. (Sorry, it’s not available on Amazon at the moment.)