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inovia Opens German Office

inovia Opens German Office

We are pleased to announce our new office in Munich, Germany and the appointment of Wolfgang Danner as Senior Director, Business Development. “Germany files more PCT applications than any other country in Europe – 15,000/year, which is on par with the US per capita,” said David Nelson, CEO of inovia.  “We are delighted to have Wolfgang Danner, […]

Patent Translations

Patent Translations

As we alluded to in our last blog post, the cost of translation work can be a crippling factor when it comes to seeking patent protection.   When looking to outsource your translation work, you should remember that translating your claims is just as important as drafting them and should only be left to experts.  Here at […]

One Translation – Multiple Countries

One Translation – Multiple Countries

With IP budgets experiencing significant cutbacks in the last year, many applicants have struggled to maintain the same level of global protection they were able to achieve in “fatter” times.  As a result, many applicants must grudgingly reduce the number of countries selected for national stage entry for their PCT applications. In many countries, translation […]

What to Look for in a Foreign Agent

What to Look for in a Foreign Agent

Nearly all applicants pursuing international patent protection are aware of the importance of choosing a competent foreign agent, but often do not know exactly what factors to look for when selecting one. Some applicants simply rely on the network of agents currently retained by their domestic counsel. However, this strategy can be hit-or-miss and is […]

inovia Adds Icelandic Agent to Global Network for European Validation

inovia Adds Icelandic Agent to Global Network for European Validation

We are pleased to welcome the law firm of Arnason Faktor as our new Icelandic agent, expanding our global agent network to 63 countries now. Sigurour Ingvarsson of Arnason Faktor said, „We are delighted to join the inovia network and help promote global patent protection into and from Iceland.  We support both domestic and international […]

China’s IP Goals for 2010

China’s IP Goals for 2010

We have previously blogged about the emergence of China as a leader in patent filings.  Recently, 28 members of the Ministerial Joint Meeting on National Intellectual Property enacted the 2010 National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Strategy Implementation Plan, which went into effect on March 26, 2010.  Serving as a guide for China’s IP protection program, […]

New Developments in the KIPO

New Developments in the KIPO

Our agent in Korea, SunYoung International Patent & Law Firm, recently informed us about some developments occuring in the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). Greater Use of Oral Hearings The use of oral hearings during patent prosecution is being significantly expanded. As in other countries, oral hearings involve the parties appearing before a panel of […]

Don’t let IP be misunderstood on World IP Day

Don’t let IP be misunderstood on World IP Day

Most people who work in IP will have had the experience: you’re standing at a party (wedding, dinner, bar mitzvah, what-have-you), talking to someone you’ve just met.  The inevitable question arises: „So, what do you do?“. I now take this opportunity to excuse myself, put my drink down and run in the other direction with […]

inovia and TTOs: A Case Study

inovia and TTOs: A Case Study

At the AUTM 2010 Annual Meeting, several University Technology Transfer Office (TTO) executives asked us how and why TTOs are using inovia and what benefits they see.  Here’s a brief case study of a current university client: BackgroundThe TTO of this CA-based University files, on average, about 20-40 PCT applications a year. For the most […]

US IP Trends: Global Patent Protection in 2010

US IP Trends: Global Patent Protection in 2010

Our survey results are in! And it looks like belts have been tightened as far as they will go… with IP budgets now stabilizing for 2010.  72% of respondents (US companies, primarily small to medium-sized enterprises) plan to maintain or increase foreign patent filings for 2010.  This is a bit of bright news after a […]

UPDATE: Change Proposed in USPTO

UPDATE: Change Proposed in USPTO

It seems that the deferred examination fee policy currently in effect in the Japanese Patent Office has caught the attention of the USPTO. The USPTO has just proposed a similar change that would effectively provide a 12-month extension to the provisional patent application period. Currently, a nonprovisional application can be filed without filing fees or […]