Good morning, I hope everyone is having a great Friday and ready for the long weekend! Please read on for the latest headlines in foreign patent filing from the week of January 12th:
- For the 22nd year in a row, IBM received the most U.S. patents awarded in 2014 – 7,534 to be exact. This was the first year a company surpassed 7,000 patents in a single year!
- Since 2008, statistics provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) show that patents granted in gas and oil sectors have grown by double digit rates.
- France’s IP office recently rejected 50 trademark applications for “Je suis Charlie” since the terrorist attacks on January 7th.
- The Patent Prosecution Highway pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office came into effect on January 6, 2015.
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