As you may know, the TMtopics discussion list is now on My Powerful Network. While the technology that hosts TMtopics is different, the goal for the new TMtopics and My Powerful Network remain the same: to encourage dynamic discussions and debates on important issues of trademark law and practice.
Nonetheless, we understand that there have been concerns about the move of the TMtopics discussion list to My Powerful Network, and here are some answers to the feedback/questions we have received:
INTA.org on different web browsers
: INTA has tested www.inta.org
and My Powerful Network on various Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. The site functions normally, and users should have no difficulty accessing the sites on the various browsers.
Access for USPTO Employees
: INTA appreciates the value in having the USPTO’s participation, and we have arranged to give access to My Powerful Network to whichever members of staff the USPTO designates. In that way, the Office can continue to utilize the platform to identify and address issues raised during the discussions.
My Powerful Network as a Member Benefit
: One driving force for the design and implementation of the new website with a strong social media component was to enhance member benefits and encourage new membership. While we understand that moving the TMtopics discussion list to My Powerful Network has affected those participants who are not affiliated with an INTA member organization, many features of the website are available to the public. And certain features of the site, like My Powerful Network, are for INTA members only, taking into consideration the membership dues they pay.
TMtopics User Feedback
: INTA asked a number of users about TMtopics and adopted some of their suggestions in designing the new functionality. We added the ability to post in real time, to post images and to easily read an entire conversation. Additionally, focus groups conducted in November 2009 made it clear that they wanted INTA to be in the forefront of new communication avenues, with a member-focused social network being one of them. We took these comments into consideration and began our work in developing My Powerful Network, a tool that was created to enhance the value of INTA membership.
Email Alerts and RSS Feeds
: Discussions on My Powerful Network allow participants to follow discussions in a variety of ways. You can subscribe to an RSS feed or Email Alerts of discussion activity by clicking on either the Email Alert or RSS Feed icons
found in the Discussion section and a group’s Discussion page. You can keep track of the alerts you subscribe to on My Powerful Network by clicking on the “My Alerts” tab on the left-hand navigation.
If you subscribe to the Email Alerts on the Discussion section or a group’s Discussion page, you will receive an email whenever there is activity. The Email Alert allows you to read the comment, see who created it and when it was created. It also specifies the group in which the discussion is taking place. You could post a response to this comment by clicking on the thread link “RE: [Discussion title]
," which is included in the alert. If you are already logged-in to the site, you will be taken directly to the discussion without having to enter a username and password.