Good morning. We are pleased to announce that our annual report, the 2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator was released earlier this morning. Now in its eighth year, the Indicator has become a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.
This year’s survey confirms something our readers already know – it’s a tough job being an in-house IP counsel. They are expected to keep track of IP developments and trends not only locally, but internationally. In-house counsel must also be able to predict laws and the consequences of court decisions well into the future.
Our IP Trends Indicator gives you a view into what your IP colleagues are doing to keep up with the changing patent landscape. If you are in private practice, you will find plenty of insight into what your in-house clients are facing, so you can better advise and serve them.
This year’s survey showed that overall patent activity and international filing rates rose in 2016 with over 41% of those polled having filed more than half of their patent applications overseas in 2016 (compared to just 34% filing more than half abroad in 2015). The report also shows an increase in the number of patents filed, as nearly three quarters of respondents filed more than four patents, with 24% filing 50 or more (up from 16% in 2015).
This year’s Indicator also reflects an increase in the number of countries where patents were filed compared to 2015. More than 73% of respondents filed patents in four or more countries (up from 62% filing into four or more in 2015). With the increased volume of countries targeted, patent filings expanded into new markets led by destinations in South America and Asia. The overwhelming majority of those (96%) were filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
You can view the full report by clicking here.
We recently launched our 8th annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. This is an established industry benchmark report identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.
Over the past few weeks, we have been featured in a variety of IP publications. Please see below for our feature in Law360 and get in contact with your nearest RWS office with any questions on our findings.
Law360 discussed filing trends identified in the report. This showed overall patent filing increasing overseas, with more than 41% of respondents filing more than half of their patent applications abroad in 2016. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) are becoming more popular as major patent hubs. Read the article in its entirety here.
Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a list of the latest foreign filing headlines for your consideration:
- ICYMI: Our 2016 IP Trends Survey is now live. We invite patent professionals responding on behalf of companies and universities to participate here.
- A bill in New Zealand passed its first reading in Parliament. The bill aims to establish a single joint registration regime allowing practice in both Australia and New Zealand with single qualification requirements and professional standards. Read more.
- WIPO’s IP Facts & Figures report has been released, based on their more comprehensive report, The World Intellectual Property Indicators, 2015.
- Luxury fashion brand, Burberry Group PLC, is suing J.C. Penney accusing the retailer of trademark infringement for selling outerwear that featured copies of their famous pattern.
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Good afternoon from New York City. Here are some of the foreign filing stories we’ve gathered to take you into this rainy weekend:
- Have you read our annual report yet, “The Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator“? One tidbit from the Indicator includes that in 2014, filing internationally increased as 72% of applicants filed into 4 or more countries, an uptick in the number of average destinations per patent family.
- Our colleague at RWS Group, Austyn Hardy, recently published an article, “The effect of patents on innovation”. Take a look at this interesting read.
- Seven member states of the EPO, including France, Germany and the UK, signed the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court. Read more now.
- The USPTO launched a tool that allows members of the public to view nearly 40 years of data on patenting activity in the United States.
That’s all for today. Check back next week for another roundup and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates.