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April 1, 2010: Substantial changes to EPO procedures

April 1, 2010: Substantial changes to EPO procedures

As you may know, the EPO generally implements fee and procedural changes on 1 April each year. I like to think of it as their way of making sure everyone has a little fun every April Fools‘ Day. This year there are a number of important procedural changes that will apply to PCT applications entering […]

Using the PCT – That’s more expensive, isn’t it?

Using the PCT – That’s more expensive, isn’t it?

In theory, PCT application fees should make the PCT route to foreign patent filing more expensive (overall) than direct Paris Convention filings. However, reality isn’t always that simple. First, the additional 18 months the PCT buys allow better assessment of an invention’s likely commercial value. Second, the International Search Report (ISR) issued during this period […]

Top national stage countries for 2009, by industry

Top national stage countries for 2009, by industry

In this earlier blog post, we ranked our top countries for 2009.  We’ve also broken down the top countries by the Industry type of our client base.  The rankings come out as follows: Mechanical / Engineering: 1. Brazil 2. Europe 3. China 4. Australia, USA   Electrical / Electronics: 1. China, Japan 2. Korea 3. […]

PCT vs. Paris

PCT vs. Paris

PCT versus the Paris Convention While I’m a firm advocate of the PCT (well, I would be wouldn’t I?), direct Paris Convention filing will also have a place in the filing strategies of many applicants. Some advantages of the PCT are: A single application can be filed in the applicant’s home country, in the local […]

PCT National Phase Entry Deadlines

PCT National Phase Entry Deadlines

What’s the national phase entry deadline? It seems a simple enough question, but we hear it often enough that we thought we’d address it. The deadline by which you need to enter the national phase is either 30 or 31 months from the earliest filing or priority date associated with the PCT application.  The choice […]

Foreign filing into country „X“

Foreign filing into country „X“

Which country / countries should we add next to our pctfiler network?  We’re looking for your feedback. Today we can handle our clients‘ PCT national stage entry and European validation in 60+ countries (see the list of countries covered by our global agent network). Which PCT contracting states should we add next, based on your […]

Translation quality for foreign filing

Translation quality for foreign filing

While we presently accept externally-prepared translations in principle, we sometimes find that translations we receive from clients are not of high quality. Additional costs are then incurred in having our agents „fix“ the translation.  Worse (if it’s not bad enough), the client may end up paying the full cost again to have it translated from […]

Stage versus Phase?

Stage versus Phase?

Yes, we know it’s officially known as the PCT National Phase… inovia was founded by an Australian patent attorney, after all. Yet many patent attorneys, agents and applicants in the US refer to it as „PCT national stage entry“.  We’ve used ’stage‘ on our website and in other materials because many of our (mostly US-based) […]

PCT Applications – Top national stage countries for 2009

PCT Applications – Top national stage countries for 2009

It’s that time of year again; where did the year go? inovia handles the 3rd largest volume of PCT applications at the national stage, according to an MIP Ranking in October ’09.  The countries our clients filed into for 2009 broke down by the following ranking: 1. China – 11% 2. Europe – 10% 3. […]

USPTO Budget Shortfall and Proposed 15% Fees Surcharge

USPTO Budget Shortfall and Proposed 15% Fees Surcharge

We hear a lot from our clients about how hard the last 12-18 months have been for them financially. Lower sales, tighter margins, delayed cashflow, and fewer opportunities for licensing and sale of IP (and at lower prices) have made the patents side of life more difficult for just about everyone. Patent firms have faced […]

The PCT:  A „forgettable“ convention??

The PCT: A „forgettable“ convention??

One of my PCT alerts today included a CBS News blog on green issues… Curious about why a green-issues blog would refer to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), I had a look. I was amused to find the blogger placing the Patent Cooperation Treaty in the same category as the Convention on Psychotropic Substances – […]