Foreign Filing Roundup W/O 27 March 2017

Foreign Filing Roundup W/O 27 March 2017

Hi everyone, here’s a look at the patent law and foreign filing news from the week of March 27, 2017:

  • Our annual IP Trends Survey is closing this Monday. We would greatly appreciate your input here. The results provide an in-depth analysis of the filing strategies of patentees from companies and universities in the United States and United Kingdom. As a thank you for your participation, we will send you the report before we release to the general public.
  • As of Wednesday, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has been triggered under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. What does this mean for IP and the unitary patent? While Baroness Neville-Rofle, former UK Minister of State for IP, announced in November 2016 that the UK will implement the UP, many are still skeptical. Read more here.
  • The heads of the EPO, JPO & USPTO met in Spain this week and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue their efforts to promote a more effective patent system at a worldwide level. This trilateral conference convened for the 35th time and was preceded by a meeting to discuss feedback from users of the patent system. Read more from the European Patent Office here. 
  • Please be on the lookout early next week for a full recap from our webinar yesterday with Managing IP Magazine and Minesoft, „The changing landscape of IP in Asia: what you should know to stay ahead.“ We reviewed challenges and solutions associated with patent searching in Asia and filing trends in the East.

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