Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning! Please read on for the latest headlines in foreign filing news for the week of July 14th:

  • Patent trolls are suing like it’s going out of style! They now account for 67% of all lawsuits, extracting enormous payments from companies simply by claiming infringement.
  • The US Supreme Court rules that basic business methods are not patentable, even if computers are used to apply them.  
  • Tesla Motors is now fighting an entrepreneur who waited for the company to start selling their cars in China, and then sued for almost $4 million. 
  • The EPO President and Tunisian Minister for Industry have signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia. 

Enjoy the weekend and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more IP related upates! 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello, readers.  Let’s get right to it. Please read on for all foreign filing updates from the week of June 2nd:

  • This great read by the WSJ explores why patents are on the rise (some of the reasons aren’t what you would expect!).  
  • This is the first implementation of fee shifting rules mandated by the Supreme Court in regards to patent trolls. 
  • In country specific news, Denmark has voted yes on the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The agreement will set up a single and specialized EU patent jurisdiction. 
  • This survey indicates that companies are looking forward to the unitary European patent system. 
  • See you back here next week and have a great weekend!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning, readers. Memorial Day always marks the unofficial beginning of summer here in New York and we couldn’t be happier to put the long, cold, and snowy winter behind us.  Please take a look at the latest updates in foreign patent filing for the week of May 19th:

  • In recent patent troll news, legislation protecting companies against non-practicing entities was killed on Wednesday in the Senate. 
  • In a surprising turn of events, Apple and Samsung are giving truce talks another shot in an effort to settle their legal differences outside of the courtroom.
  • South Korea will now participate in donating funds to protect intellectual property. Korea will participate in funding many of the leading projects that are undertaken by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • inovia news: The inovia team got back from Hong Kong last week from INTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting. Read more about the trip here.  

Have a great weekend! Meet us back here next week for more updates.  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP. 

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Good morning, please check out the latest headlines in foreign filing news for the week of May 12th:

  • It was a record year for patent trolls (or NPEs) as a record 6,092 new patent cases were filed in U.S. District Courts. Apple was the number 1 target of patent lawsuits this past year, and the most active troll was Melvino Technologies with 137 cases.  Check out this interesting read here.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), recently proposed the reduction of fees for trademark applications and renewals.
  • EPO President Benoit Battistelli and President of the Turkish Patent Institute, Dr. Habip Asan, opened a conference to boost cooperation on innovation in Istanbul.
  • The US government is coming under pressure from lawmakers to act against India at the World Trade Organization for violations of patent rules.

Have a great weekend. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates relating to IP and foreign filing! 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon!  I think it’s safe to say that winter is officially behind us and we couldn’t be happier at the inovia headquarters.  Check out the latest foreign filing updates we have been collecting from the past week:

  •  A unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court now makes it easier to win patent litigation legal fees. 
  • Now that’s something you don’t see every day! In a surprising twist, a shoe maker sues a patent troll.
  • China’s new trademark law came into effect yesterday, strengthening the legal protection of trademarks and intellectual property.
  • ZTE, a leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer, aims to increase its presence in international markets through increasing its number of patents.

That’s all for this week! Please check back in next Friday and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates.

US House of Representatives Passes Innovation Act

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On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives took a further step towards patent reform by passing the Innovation Act by a 325-91 vote. Designed to improve the US patent landscape, the Innovation Act contains several measures designed to discourage abusive tactics favored by non-practicing entities (aka patent trolls). A few of the notable provisions are:

  • Fee shifting: The loser of a patent infringement suit is now responsible for the legal fees of the prevailing party unless the loser can show that the grounds for suit were reasonable. This would discourage patent trolls from initiating suits premised on shaky grounds.
  • Increased transparency: The Innovation Act now requires the party bringing a patent suit to identify the patent holder and provide greater details as to how the patent is allegedly infringed.
  • Greater protection for end-users against suit: A common tactic for patent trolls is to go after the consumer. For example, the owner of a patent with broad claims for wi-fi services can go after a coffee shop who provides free internet for their clientele via a wireless router. Often times, the alleged infringer will pay a settlement rather than risk lengthy and expensive litigation. The Innovation Act contains a customer-suit exception to counteract this. Under this provision, the maker of that router, most likely a large corporation better suited and funded to combat the troll, can step in via a separate action. During that time, the first suit against the little guy will be stayed.

Chief-sponsor of the Innovation Act, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said of the bill:

In recent years, we have seen an exponential increase in the use of weak or poorly-granted patents by so-called patent trolls to file numerous patent infringement lawsuits against American businesses with the hopes of securing a quick payday. Everyone from independent inventors, to start-ups, to mid and large sized businesses face this constant threat.
The enactment of the Innovation Act is something I consider central to U.S. competiveness, job creation, and our nation’s future economic security. The bipartisan legislation takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation. I am encouraged by the overwhelming support the Innovation Act received in the House and I look forward to working with the Senate to see that patent litigation reform legislation is signed into law.
 

So will the Innovation Act help curb patent abuse in the US? That remains to be seen.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning! To wrap up the week, we have gathered the latest updates in foreign patent filing news:

  • Two upcoming Supreme Court decisions could mean trouble for patent trolls, potentially making it much more expensive to file frivolous suits.
  • Cadbury recently lost a five year battle to register a distinctive shade of purple as a trademark.
  • The USPTO will host its next public Software Partnership Meeting on December 5th in Alexandria, VA. These meetings are an opportunity to bring shareholders together to share ideas and experiences relating to the software community.
  • The EPO recently signed an agreement with the Republic of San Marino on national patent searches.

Have a great weekend. Please be sure to check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday afternoon.  We have been busy gathering the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the first week of October 2013. Read below!

  • In light of the current government shutdown, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open. They are operating on prior year reserve fee collections to operate as normal for around four weeks.
  • As this article explains, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted to investigate “approximately 25 companies that are in the business of buying and asserting patents” (patent trolls).
  • Patent giant Apple recently ended Coca-Cola’s 13-year run as the world’s most valuable brand.
  • A study released by the EPO shows that one in three jobs in Europe is generated by IPR-intensive industries.

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday!  As fall rolls in and the days become chillier here in New York City, we have gathered the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news below:

  • Currently, the two most popular venues for filing patent lawsuits are in the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas.  These districts account for 45% of total patent lawsuits, as many believe their procedures are more favorable to plaintiffs.
  • Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning recently called out letters sent by a law firm to businesses in his state as deceptive, unfair and coercive.  He has since declared war on patent trolls and publicly stated that “we will not be deterred from protecting Nebraska consumers and businesses by the bully tactics of patent trolling law firms or their clients.”
  • As economies in countries like Brazil, Russia, India, and China boom, this article looks at how these BRIC countries will have a heavier influence over the patent processes in the United States and Europe. 
  • WIPO recently added China’s patent collection to PATENTSCOPE, increasing the database to 34 national and regional patent collections.

Have a great weekend and please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  As the summer is slowly winding down here in New York City, we have been busy gathering the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for your consideration.  Please check out what has been going on in the Intellectual Property world for the week of August 26th:

  • Many industry leaders including Apple, HP, and Samsung have become the three most frequent targets of patent trolls.  However, as this article explains, 63% of the suits filed targeted firms with less than $100 million in revenue. 
  •  The New York Times recently published this article, a great resource for this individuals just starting to consider patenting their invention.
  •  The first major overhaul of the New Zealand patent system in 60 years was finalized, as the Patents Bill passed its final reading by 117 votes to 4 in Parliament on Wednesday.
  •  Although many argue that patent trolls are to blame for the increase in patent legislation over the last few years, Non-practicing entities account for only 20% of patent litigation according to this report.
  • In other country specific news, China is expected to increase damages for trademark infringement to about half a million dollars.

Thanks for reading this week! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more information relating to patent news. 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning and Happy Friday.  As the summer continues to fly by, take some time to read the latest updates in foreign patent filing news:

  • This week marks the 223rd anniversary of the first granted US patent. Here’s to 223 more years of innovation!
  • To all of our creative readers, Denver is in need of a new name for their U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
  • In preparation for the Unified Patent Court in Europe, changes are being made to EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements.
  • Patent trolls have met their match, “Trolling Effects” aims to unite possible victims against the growing problem.

That’s all for this week! Please check back next Friday and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.