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Eased Patent Translation Requirements Proposed in Europe

Eased Patent Translation Requirements Proposed in Europe

Validation costs for granted European applications can easily spiral out of control due to the translations required for many countries at this stage.  Translation costs can make up over 75% of the total cost for validation, and as a result, applicants can often only validate in a limited number of Member States.  The London Agreement, […]

Patent filing news from China

Patent filing news from China

Our inovia agent in China, AFD China Intellectual Property, has sent us two interesting news updates on patent examination quality and filing of IPR criminal cases: SIPO survey shows patent examination quality improved Results of a recent SIPO survey show that patent examination quality in 2009 increased over the prior year in China, by both […]

A look at the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey

A look at the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey

Looks like we’re not the only ones conducting surveys on US IP trends.  Researchers at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the University of San Diego Law School and the Georgia Institute of Technology released a paper detailing the results of a 2008 survey where they polled over 1300 start-up companies on their patent […]

Improving the Functioning of the PCT System: WIPO’s recent study

Improving the Functioning of the PCT System: WIPO’s recent study

During the week of 14 to 18 June 2010, PCT Member states considered proposals to improve the PCT potential contribution to higher quality and more efficiently granted patents at the national/regional level. The recommendations that came out of the meeting were based on a WIPO study entitled, „The Need for Improving the Functioning of the […]

Chinese IP Fears Debunked!

Chinese IP Fears Debunked!

Many companies are hesitant about pursuing patent protection in China based on a perception of toothless IP protection and that patents there are not worth the paper they’re printed on. After all, this is the country where bootleg and knock-off goods can be found on nearly every street corner. However, recent data indicates that many […]

Demystifying the European Validation Process

Demystifying the European Validation Process

Although many of our clients know granted European applications must be validated, a good number of them don’t have a strong understanding of the grant and validation process. For many applicants, especially those in the US, their post-prosecution involvement begins and ends with simply instructing their European agent to „finish the job and validate in […]

Updates on the USPTO

Updates on the USPTO

IT Improvements On May 5, 2010, USPTO director David J. Kappos testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the USPTO’s operations, programs and initiatives. In line with the USPTO’s goal of increasing efficiency and reducing the average pendency for a patent application, Director Kappos focused, in part, on expanding and improving the IT infrastructure […]

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 […]