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One Step Closer to a Single European Patent

One Step Closer to a Single European Patent

Creation of a single European patent came to a screeching halt when EU member countries were unable to reach the necessary unanimous agreement during talks held in Brussels earlier this fall.  Deadlocked for the past 10 years, the unitary European patent has remained in limbo due primarily to disagreements on which languages would be recognized […]

London Agreement to Come into Effect for Hungary

London Agreement to Come into Effect for Hungary

On January 1, 2011, the London Agreement will enter into force in Hungary, bringing the total of member EPC countries to 16.  Previously, validation of a granted European patent into Hungary required a complete translation of the specification and claims.  Under the London Agreement, the translation requirements for validation in Hungary will be significantly relaxed.  […]

EPO and Google Partner Up on Patent Translations

EPO and Google Partner Up on Patent Translations

On November 30, 2010, the European Patent Office (EPO) and Google signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand and improve upon translations of European patents. Specifically, the EPO will use Google’s machine translation tool to translate European patents into the languages of the 38 EPO member countries.  In return, Google will receive access to the […]

USPTO and EPO Working Towards Joint Patent Classification System

USPTO and EPO Working Towards Joint Patent Classification System

On October 25th the USPTO and the EPO announced a plan to develop a joint patent classification system.  Currently, the USPTO patent classification system is not based on WIPO’s International Patent Classification (IPC) system.  Established by the Strasbourg Agreement in 1971, the IPC is a hierarchal system of symbols for the classification of patent and […]

Taking control of outside legal spending

Taking control of outside legal spending

A recent article from The Lawyers Weekly highlighted a topic very near and dear to our hearts: doing and/or getting more for less.  According to a survey released by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), corporate legal departments are being asked to do more work without an increase in their budgets, but in turn are […]

Managing IP’s China Trends Survey

Managing IP’s China Trends Survey

Similar to our US IP Trends Survey, Managing Intellectual Property magazine conducted a survey on the state of the IP industry in China.  Respondents representing in-house counsel for 80 China-based companies answered questions pertaining to their company’s domestic and international IP strategy.  Managing Intellectual Property presented their findings in a November 1, 2010 article, but […]

Case Study – A look into P&G’s use of the PCT

Case Study – A look into P&G’s use of the PCT

WIPO posted a presentation from Procter & Gamble (P&G) discussing their international patent strategies and use of the PCT filing process.  The presentation provides an inside look at the motivations behind a large corporation’s decision to utilize the PCT. P&G has filed about 11,000 applications through the PCT since December of 1990.  They cite three […]

Another Blow to Gene Patents in the US

Another Blow to Gene Patents in the US

The Myriad Genetics case decided by Judge Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York in March of 2010 shocked the biotech and patent field by reversing decades of policy and case law supporting the patenting of genetic material. In the opinion, Judge Sweet ruled that the claimed genes involved a “law of […]

Patent Quantity over Quality in the SIPO?

Patent Quantity over Quality in the SIPO?

Thomson Reuters recently released a study entitled “Patented in China II: The Present and Future State of Innovation in China”, which predicts that China is poised to become a global patent power in terms of volume in the near future.  According to the Thomson report, patent filings in China are on pace to surpass those […]

USPTO Announces Launch of Second Peer to Patent Pilot Program

USPTO Announces Launch of Second Peer to Patent Pilot Program

On October 19, 2010, the USPTO, in collaboration with the New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations, announced the upcoming launch of a second Peer to Patent pilot program.  Scheduled to commence next Monday, October 25, 2010, the Peer to Patent program expands upon the previous program.  The original Peer to Patent program, which […]

Top PCT Filing Firms for 2010

Top PCT Filing Firms for 2010

Managing IP Magazine announced last week their ranking of firms according to the number of PCT applications they filed due for national stage entry in 2010.  The 14 biggest markets were included in the article. Congratulations to our foreign agents that ranked highly in their markets: SunYoung International Patent & Law Firm in Korea, Reinhold […]