WIPO’s January PCT Newsletter Recap

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Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO’s PCT newsletter, a resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay on top of changes associated with the PCT system. Please see a recap of this month’s edition:

  • The State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (SIPSU) will begin operating as an ISA and an IPEA effective February 5, 2016.
  • The Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) and the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (Indonesia) notified the International Bureau (IB) that they are prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form effective January 15, 2016. This brings the total number of receiving Offices to 34 with the ability to receive via the ePCT-Filing method.
  • A new release of the ePCT system was deployed on December 17, 2015. Some of the new features include: default access rights will now be set when you create a new international application and for cases where different fees are payable to the receiving Office in different currencies, it is now possible to indicate multiple currencies on the fees screen.
  • The Latvian Patent Office informed the IB that it has updated its policies and now waives the requirements to submit a separate power of attorney and/or a copy of a general power of attorney.
  • A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program began on January 11, 2015 between the National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil) and the USPTO. This includes accelerated processing of national phase applications on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from the ISA or the IPEA.

To download the entire report, click here. Also, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for daily foreign filing and patent updates.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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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. 

That’s all for this week! Follow us on Twitter now for continuous Intellectual Property updates. 

Chinese Intellectual Property News-August 2014

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their most recent newsletter.  Please see below for highlights:

  • SIPO of China announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (PPH) between SIPO and UKIPO, IPO and PRV formally began on July 1, 2014. These program will run for 2 years, ending on June 30, 2016. 
  • The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has partnered with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to lend its expertise to Chinese companies.  They will work together on 13 issues, including IP exchanges with foreign countries and managing IP training programs. 
  • Administrative departments in China dealt with almost 40,000 cases of infringement and counterfeiting from January – April 2014. 
  • The Central Reform Leading Group held its third meeting and discussed the hierarchy of China’s IP courts. It was decided that to achieve consistency of the judgement on IP cases, three intermediate-level intellectual property courts will be set up in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. 
  • On July 10th, the opening ceremony of the WIPO agency was held in Beijing. This is the fifth of its kind to be opened worldwide, after offices in the United States, Japan, Brazil and Singapore.

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for issuing this very informative newsletter. For more updates relating to foreign patent filing, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

The Patent Prosecution Highway Goes Global

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In previous articles, we’ve reported on developments regarding Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. In a nutshell, PPH

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programs are bilateral agreements between countries wherein an allowed or granted patent in one country would allow the applicant to fast-track examination of the corresponding application in another country, assuming that certain requirements are met. There are numerous benefits to PPH programs and their proliferation and use have grown significantly in recent years. For the applicant, electing the PPH shortens pendency time and increases the likelihood of grant. For patent offices, workload is reduced since the earlier patent office presumably has performed much of the “heavy lifting” associated with examination.

Recently, it was announced that a Global Patent Prosecution Highway will come into effect on January 6, 2014. The Global PPH will involve 13 patent offices and will follow a single set of requirements, thus simplifying the numerous bilateral PPH programs currently in place around the world. The 13 member offices are IP Australia, Canadian IP Office, Danish Patent & Trademark Office, National Board of Patents & Registration of Finland, Japan Patent Office, Korean IP Office, Nordic Patent Institute, Norwegian Industrial Property Office, Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property, Russian Federal Service for IP, Spanish Patent & Trademark Office, United Kingdom IP Office, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

More details on the Global PPH Program can be found here.

Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Hi everyone! Each month, we comb through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news affecting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. You can check out some of these updates below:

Poland (PL)

As of October 2013, any patent attorney registered to practice before the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland may act as an agent.

International Bureau (IB)

As from January 1st, 2014, there will be the following fee changes payable to the IB as a receiving office:

  • Transmittal fee: EUR 81, USD 111

  • Priority document: USD 55

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everyone! Here’s what we found in the way of foreign filing news from the week of September 23rd:

  • The Unitary European Patent system is raising litigation concerns for US companies, including tech giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
  • The five largest IP offices in the world agreed to launch a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program to fast track patent examination procedures and utilize each others available work.
  • This article looks at the challenges universities are facing regarding licensing issues.
  • inovia news:  We are excited to participate in events all around the world throughout the fall and winter.  We’d love to see you there!

Have a fantastic weekend, readers! For updates and exciting inovia announcements, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everyone! Take a look at some of the latest stories in foreign filing over the past week:

  • Check out this 5-minute guide to Europe’s newly-passed unified patent court system.
  • Our own New York senator, Charles Schumer, introduced a bill this week that targets patent trolls.
  • Here’s a great article we found that details the (relatively-new) patent prosecution highway system.
  • inovia news: A few members of our team attended an LES event last week to celebrate World IP Day and connect with fellow IP professionals in the city. Discussion topics included the America Invents Act, software IP rights and more.

To all of our friends en route to Dallas for INTA 2013, we hope to see you this weekend! We’ll be tweeting @inoviaIP.

Expediting Patent Applications: Canada

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This article is the second in a series on expediting patent applications (see the first article on Europe). The content was contributed by Patricia Folkins, a partner and the head of the Chemical practice group at inovia agent firm Bereskin & Parr.

Options for speeding up examination/grant of patent applications in Canada

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There are three ways in which examination of a patent application can be sped up in Canada:

First, a request for Special Order Status can be filed at the Canadian Patent Office either along with a Request for Examination or after the Request for Examination has been submitted. The applicant must be published (laid open) prior to requesting Special Order Status. A government fee of CDN $500 must be paid and a statement must be made that failure to advance, the application is likely to prejudice the applicant’s rights. A third party may request Special Order Status on behalf of an applicant.

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Happy Friday everyone! Take a look at some of the foreign filing headlines from the week of March 18th:

  • A new report reveals the growing number of foreign-owned IP firms and the impact it’s had on U.S. consumers.
  • SIPO launched a new pilot patent prosecution highway program with the Austrian Patent Office.
  • WIPO released a report showing filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs “saw continued growth in 2012.”
  • The EPO has updated its online training tool for site users, which includes interactive tours, searching strategies and more.

Have any thoughts on the above topics? Please share your comments below!

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Expediting Patent Applications: Europe

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The typical applicant is in no hurry to see their patent application proceed through the stages of examination, allowance and grant. Prosecution and allowance/grant cost money. The faster examination takes place, the faster the final form of the claims will be known, which is not always an advantage. And in most countries, grant closes the window for divisional applications. Overall, it often makes sense not to hurry.

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Hi everybody! Here are some of the foreign filing stories we’ve gathered from the first week of March:

  • The EPO broke down statistics from a record-breaking 2012, highlighting the historical significance of the new unitary patent.
  • Three judges began work this week at Denver’s newly-opened satellite patent office.
  • A new patent prosecution highway program launched between the patent offices of Japan and Eurasia.
  • Samsung led the world in European patent filings in 2012, with “digital communication” patents as a group increasing by over 20%.
  • inovia news: We added many new countries to our global network over the past few months. For a complete list of the jurisdictions we cover, click here.

Have a nice weekend and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!