Patent applications, patents, trademark applications, and trademarks may lapse if, for example, fees are not filed on time, or a domestic application not converted to an international application, etc., and such deadlines are often spread out over months or years (and in the case of renewal fees decades) most intellectual property law firms, in-house IP departments and patent and trademark agents have multiple systems of reminders including computerized calendars, physical diaries, etc. to remind them not to miss such deadlines. These reminder systems are often colloquially referred to as ticklers.

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