inovia Acquired by RWS Group



London, 09 October 2013 - inovia, the leading foreign filing provider, has been acquired by RWS Group (LON:RWS), the intellectual property (IP) support specialist and world’s top ranking patent translation company. A longtime strategic partner and investor in inovia, RWS Group’s acquisition brings together two pioneers in the global IP field and extends the resources and services available to the international client base of both companies. inovia is a global leader in foreign patent filing, having served thousands of clients and placing second in the world and first in the United States according to Managing Intellectual Property, magazine’s annual ranking of the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms. An innovator in foreign filing technology, inovia’s global instruction platform,, is itself protected by 12 granted patents and 35 pending patent applications around the world and has been recognized among WIPO’s most notable inventions. RWS Group is a leading IP support specialist and the world’s largest patent translation company, translating more than 65,000 patents and IP-related documents each year. As a pioneer in translation services, RWS has been ISO 9001 accredited since 1992, making it the first translation and information company to be awarded Quality Accreditation by the International Standards Organization. It is because of this proven expertise that inovia has recommended RWS Group’s translation services to its clients since 2011. The depth and breadth of services generated by the newly combined offering will ensure that clients receive the highest quality patent translations delivered via the world’s most sophisticated foreign filing platform. “Being acquired by RWS is a win-win for inovia, for RWS, and for the thousands of clients we serve,” said David Nelson, CEO of inovia. “Our complementary offerings and mutual dedication to the advancement of outsourced IP solutions makes this a natural fit and rewarding relationship for all. Under the RWS Group umbrella, we will continue to focus on client service and product improvements, with additional resources available for product engineering and research and development.”

About inovia

inovia is the global leader in foreign patent filing, having served more than 1,500 clients. Its global instruction platform,, simplifies the PCT national stage entry, direct (Paris Convention) filing and European validation processes. With headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney, and agents covering 124 countries, inovia provides support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognized amongst WIPO’s most notable inventions.. For more information visit inovia at and follow the company on Twitter @inoviaIP.

About RWS

RWS Group is a leading intellectual property (IP) support specialist providing patent translation, foreign filing and search services and PatBase, a professional patent search tool with over 20,000 users. RWS is the world’s largest patent translation provider and ranks among the world’s top 10 translation companies with its other specialist teams in the technical, commercial, pharmaceutical and medical areas covering the full spectrum of translation needs. RWS serves a blue-chip client base in Europe, North America and Asia from headquarters in the UK and production sites in Europe, Tokyo, and Beijing. RWS is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).
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About RWS

RWS Holdings plc is the world’s leading provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services. We help our customers to connect with and bring new ideas to people globally by communicating business critical content at scale and enabling the protection and realization of their innovations. 

Our vision is to help organizations interact effectively with people anywhere in the world by solving their language, content and market access challenges through our collective global intelligence, deep expertise and smart technology. 

Customers include 90 of the globe’s top 100 brands, the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and 18 of the top 20 patent filers worldwide. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific, and North and South America across the technology, pharmaceutical, medical, legal, chemical, automotive, government and telecommunications sectors, which we serve from offices across five continents. 

Founded in 1958, RWS is headquartered in the UK and publicly listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L). 

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