WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015

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WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 was released last month and provides a report covering various areas of intellectual property including patents, utility models and trademarks.

The data is drawn from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank. We’ve included some patent highlights from the report below:

  • The top 5 offices in order: China, United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, European Patent Office
  • Top 5 technology fields in order: Computer technology, electrical machinery, measurement, digital communication, medical technology
  • Applications: 2.68 million (4.5% increase from last year)
  • Grants: 1.18 million (0.3% increase from last year)
  • In force: 10.2 million

In total, around 2.68 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2014, up 4.5% from 2013. While this 4.5% growth in filings in 2014 is lower than the growth rate in each of the previous four years, China has consistently been the driving accelerator, accounting for 89% of growth.

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) received the most applications by far, followed by the USPTO, JPO, KIPO and EPO respectively. SIPO, with 928,177 filings, received more applications than the combined total of the USPTO and JPO. If the trend continues, SIPO will become the first office to receive a million applications next year.

In 2014, the top five offices accounted for 82% of the world’s total applications, considerably higher than their 2000 share of 70%. To break it down even further – the top 20 list includes patent offices from thirteen high income economies, five upper middle income economies and two lower middle income countries. Nine offices were located in Asia, six in Europe and two each in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. South Africa, ranked 23rd, was the highest placed office in Africa.

To download the entire report, click here.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon. Here are some of the IP stories we’ve gathered to take you into this beautiful fall weekend:

  • inovia is #1 again! We’re excited to announce that we ranked number one in the world for the 2nd consecutive year in MIP’s annual ranking of the top PCT firms. For the 5th year, we are first in the United States. In total, inovia nationalized 1,800 PCTs in 2015, an increase of over 16% from last year. Download the complete ranking of top PCT filing firms here.
  • A case of copyright infringement? Twitter suspended many popular social media accounts including Deadspin and SBNationGIF on Monday. These handles had previously posted GIF animations and Vines of key plays in NFL and college football games. Read more.
  • WIPO is holding a seminar on the Madrid System for those wanting to improve practical skills in filing applications and managing registrations (November 26th and 27th). Interested? Sign up here.
  • This year, the EPO and SIPO celebrate 30 years of bilateral cooperation, a partnership that has impacted intellectual property on a global scale.

That’s all for this week. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and have a great weekend!


Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Foreign Filing Friday, readers! I’ve been busy perusing the latest headlines in patent news for the week of November 10th. See below:

  • This is a quick reminder that the Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting webcast (from the USPTO) begins at 11:30, ET today! Watch here.
  • Europe and China recently stepped up their commitment to cooperating with each other as the European Patent Organization (EPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) met to discuss how to improve and align their patent systems. Read more
  • The China’s Trademark office computer system is almost completely restored after a 7 month delay. The upgrade, initially implemented in April, ran into serious technical malfunctions affecting systems supporting automated functions in the registration system.
  • inovia news: Please check out our upcoming event schedule and get in contact if you are interested in learning more about the inovia.com platform.  

As always, you can follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and LinkedIn.  

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!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning.  Below, we have included the latest updates in foreign patent filing news for the week of December 2nd:

  • Google is quickly amassing a large numbers of tech patents, as this year they are on pace to receive 1,800.
  • The US Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) announced the signing of a memorandum that will support innovation throughout Dallas. 
  • This Op-Ed article from former director of the USPTO advocates for ending the diversion of USPTO fees to improve the overall patent system. 
  • The 7th meeting of the heads of the European Patent Office and the State Intellectual Property Office occurred in Beijing last week. 

Thanks for checking out the roundup this week! Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more information relating to patent filing. Have a fantastic weekend! 

Chinese Intellectual Property News – November 2013

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their November 2013 newsletter.  Please see below for the highlights from their latest edition:

  • Recently, SIPO and IPOS entered an agreement to exchange patent data.  Their plan aims to strengthen the ties between the two countries and create new opportunities for businesses. 
  • China received upwards of 256,000 invention applications from home and granted 73,000 invention applications in 2013. This shows an upward trend, with Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang rounding out the top five provinces.
  • China has implemented 8 revisions to provide greater protection for well-known marks and impose penalties on infringers.
  • The longest running instant food lawsuit in China ended with an agreement under which both parties must give up the rights to the disputed trademark.
  • The Harbin Science and Technology Bureau recently held a patent trade fair, where contracts for 60 projects were signed, valued at $1.63 million.

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

IP5 Offices Agree on Joint PPH Pilot Program

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The five largest Intellectual Property Offices in the world – the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), recently agreed to launch a pilot program scheduled to kick off in January of 2014.  This program, known as the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), aims to improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications between the five offices and encourages a global framework of work sharing.

According to the heads of these five offices, the primary goal of the PPH is to leverage procedures already in place which accelerate patent examination procedures.  Under the IP5, applicants who have been found patentable by one office may be allowed accelerated processing of their applications before the other countries.  In addition to fast tracking this process, the offices involved will exploit existing work results to the extent practicable. 

According to EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the program will have many benefits.  He states, “I am pleased that the first ever all-inclusive PPH pilot program is launched under the PCT framework. It is a very promising step on the way of facilitating the life of users in five big economic regions which represent 85% of the patents granted in the world.  While the program allows the offices to gain additional experience in utilizing each others available work, it will support the aim of promoting the PCT as the primary global framework for work sharing”. 

As Battistelli notes, the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway program encourages a global commitment to improving and making patent filing more efficient.  For more information on the IP5 PPH pilot program, please contact Eugen Stohr at the EPO, estohr@epo.org. 

Check out the PPH archive of our blog for news about other recent pilot programs. And as always, learn more about inovia’s services by following us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning and Happy Friday.  Below are the latest updates in foreign patent filing news for the week of July 8th:

  • The USPTO and SIPO launched the Global Patent Search Network allowing users to search Chinese patent documents. 
  • Iran became the 148th PCT Contracting State on July 4th and the PCT will become active on October 4, 2013. 
  • The search to find a permanent home for the Silicon Valley patent office has been put on hold.
  • Recently, patent offices in Singapore and China launched a two year Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program.

That’s all for this week! Please be sure to check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP.

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Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Take a look at the latest in foreign filing news for the past week:

  • In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an Indiana farmer violated the principles of patent law.
  • Throughout 2012, China made great improvements in IP enforcement and corporate management.
  • A new study published this week by the EPO-UNEP found an untapped potential for Clean Energy Technologies in Africa.
  • inovia news: Jeff Shieh, one of our Senior Patent Attorneys, looks at the growing demand for global patent protection.

Thanks for checking in this week! For more in patent related news, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

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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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Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a bitterly cold week here in Manhattan, so we certainly hope you’re faring better wherever you are! See below for this week’s roundup of our favorite foreign filing news:

  • Facebook may have another patent lawsuit on the horizon, as more questions of intellectual property infringement arise.
  • A new patent prosecution highway has launched between Denmark (DKPTO) and China (SIPO) allowing applicants the possibility to fast track examination.
  • The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released a notice reminding applicants of the guidelines associated with amending a PCT application.
  • China continues its crackdown on IP infringement, announcing a number of different initiatives set to take effect this year.

You can tweet us at @inoviaIP!