RWS‘ Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator Recently Featured in Law360

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We recently launched our 8th annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. This is an established industry benchmark report identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.

Over the past few weeks, we have been featured in a variety of IP publications. Please see below for our feature in Law360 and get in contact with your nearest RWS office with any questions on our findings.

Law360 discussed filing trends identified in the report. This showed overall patent filing increasing overseas, with more than 41% of respondents filing more than half of their patent applications abroad in 2016. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) are becoming more popular as major patent hubs. Read the article in its entirety here.

2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator is now live!

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Good morning. We are pleased to announce that our annual report, the 2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator was released earlier this morning. Now in its eighth year, the Indicator has become a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.

This year’s survey confirms something our readers already know – it’s a tough job being an in-house IP counsel. They are expected to keep track of IP developments and trends not only locally, but internationally. In-house counsel must also be able to predict laws and the consequences of court decisions well into the future.

Our IP Trends Indicator gives you a view into what your IP colleagues are doing to keep up with the changing patent landscape. If you are in private practice, you will find plenty of insight into what your in-house clients are facing, so you can better advise and serve them.

This year’s survey showed that overall patent activity and international filing rates rose in 2016 with over 41% of those polled having filed more than half of their patent applications overseas in 2016 (compared to just 34% filing more than half abroad in 2015). The report also shows an increase in the number of patents filed, as nearly three quarters of respondents filed more than four patents, with 24% filing 50 or more (up from 16% in 2015).

This year’s Indicator also reflects an increase in the number of countries where patents were filed compared to 2015. More than 73% of respondents filed patents in four or more countries (up from 62% filing into four or more in 2015). With the increased volume of countries targeted, patent filings expanded into new markets led by destinations in South America and Asia. The overwhelming majority of those (96%) were filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

You can view the full report by clicking here.

Reminder: Our 8th Annual Global Patent & IP Trends Survey is closing soon!

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Good afternoon! We invite you to take our 8th Global Patent & IP Trends Survey before it closes next week. Patent professionals responding on behalf of companies and universities in the United States and Europe are encouraged to participate below. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete:

After compiling the survey’s responses, we will issue an IP indicator report that identifies the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing and translation strategies of patentees around the world.

As a thank you for your participation, we will send you the report before released to the general public. You can also download The 2016 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator here. 

If you have any questions regarding this project, please don’t hesitate to email us at marketingteam@inovia.com.

Our 2017 IP Trends Survey is now open!

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Good afternoon! We invite you to take our 8th Global Patent & IP Trends Survey.Patent professionals responding on behalf of companies and universities in the United States and Europe are encouraged to participate below. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete:

After compiling the survey’s responses, we will issue an IP indicator report that identifies the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing and translation strategies of patentees around the world.

As a thank you for your participation, we will send you the report before released to the general public. You can also download The 2016 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator here. 

If you have any questions regarding this project, please don’t hesitate to email us at marketingteam@inovia.com.

Foreign Filing Roundup W/O 19 September 2016

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Good afternoon. Please read on for the latest updates in intellectual property news from the week of September 19th:

  • Join RWS inovia and Managing IP Magazine for a complimentary webinar as we discuss Brexit and implications for the Unitary Patent (UP), the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) and other important patent related issues on October 18th. Sign up here.
  • According to Managing IP Magazine, filings have increased after the Brexit referendum, with more originating from overseas entities. Read the article here. 
  • Our Director of Marketing, Larsa Davidson, sat down with Intellectual Property Magazine to discuss foreign filing trends from last year and strategies of US and European applicants. Read here. 
  • Check out Benoît Battistelli’s blog where he shares his thoughts on current issues. The EPO President’s latest article talks about his recent worldwide tour where he traveled from Manhattan to Milan. We were lucky enough to hear him speak at the IPO Annual Meeting in NYC. Read here. 

That’s all for this week. Check back next Friday for more updates on foreign patent filing.

IP Trends Indicator Released

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Good afternoon! Earlier this week we released our annual report, the 2016 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. Now in its seventh year, the Indicator is a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world. 

The survey was conducted in May 2016 and includes responses from over 100 companies and universities in the United States and Europe. The IP Indicator has become a benchmark report in the patent industry, providing insight and guidance for those looking to file internationally. To download the complete report, click here.

Key findings from our 2016 Indicator included: 

  • Alice Corp v. CLS Bank Ruling: In 2015, fallout from the Alice ruling was noted as a dominating issue for patent applicants. Two years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled on the patent eligibility of software related inventions, declaring abstract ideas ineligible for prosecution. Survey respondents noted this issue as affecting their ongoing business strategies.
  • PCT dominant method of filing: Over 97% of respondents used the PCT for some or all of their filing needs compared to filing via the Paris Convention route. Most users discussed the cost benefit analysis that goes into making the decision: the PCT is more cost effective for large patent families and the Paris Convention route if only one country is in consideration.
  • USPTO most used International Search Authority: 64% of respondents used the United States Patent & Trademark Office as an International Search Authority (ISA) to perform a search of the prior art for their patent. The European Patent Office and Korean IP Office were the second and third most frequently used offices respectively.
  • IP budgets remained consistent: For the past three years, the same percentage of respondents have been working on reduced IP budgets in 2015 (31%). 40% of respondents were not affected by cuts and in 18% of cases, budgets actually increased in 2015.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning! Spring has finally arrived in New York City and we couldn’t be happier. Before the weekend, we have compiled a list of the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for your consideration. Please read on:

  • Our annual IP Trends Survey is closing next week. If you are an individual responding on behalf of a company or university in the United States or Europe, we invite you to participate here.
  • EPO President, Benoit Battistelli, met with a delegation from the Institute of Professional Representatives (epi) to sign a MoU on the training of professional representatives. Learn more. 
  • The USPTO will hose a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27th in Alexandria, VA. For more info and to register, click here. 
  • We are getting ready for INTA 2016 in Orlando, FL on May 21st-25th. To schedule a meeting with RWS Group-inovia, click here.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

Take our annual IP Trends Survey!

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Our 2016 Global Patent & IP Trends Survey is live! Now in its seventh year, the Indicator is a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of U.S. & European patentees.

We invite those individuals responding on behalf of a U.S. or European company or university to participate. This survey should take around 10 minutes to complete:

Complete the survey now. 

Last year’s survey uncovered some interesting trends regarding cost saving measures and outsourcing activity. You can review the 2015 Indicator Report here.

If you provide your email address, we will also send you the completed results before it is released to anyone else as a thank you for your participation.

We greatly appreciate your thoughtful input!

We’ve Launched our Annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator!

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inovia, the leading foreign filing provider, today announced the release of its annual report, “The 2015 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator,” an in-depth look at the filing strategies of U.S. and European patent owners. Now in its sixth year, the Indicator has become a definitive resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the strategies of global patentees. For the first time this year, inovia included both European and U.S. respondents to provide a global resource for applicants looking at patent trends around the world.

This year, 130 applicants were included in the report, ranging from small enterprises (34% with 1-100 employees) to multinational corporations (21% with more than 10,000 employees). All respondents were involved in the strategy and planning of patent activity at their organization, with job functions ranging from General Counsel to CEO.

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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The happiest of holidays to all of our friends, family and followers! Here’s a look at what’s been happening in the IP space over the last week:

  • More on the America Invents Act: The final rules have been published to implement the micro-entity status provision in March.
  • WIPO’s 2012 World IP Indicators shows a continued increase in worldwide applications, with China remaining the top filer.
  • The USPTO noted their „physical presence in every time zone“ this week,  with more updates on the four new satellite offices.
  • SIPO has reported a 26% increase in domestic patent applications, as well as a 28% increase in patents granted.
  • inovia news: 2012 proved to be a record year for us! Read more >

inovia Travels: Highlights from the IPBC China

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Earlier this week, several members of the inovia team attended the inaugural IP Business Congress (IPBC) China event in Beijing. The IPBC is hosted by Intellectual Asset Management magazine and inovia has attended previous IPBC events in San Francisco and Lisbon. The IPBC China attracted over 500 attendees from all over the world, representing law firms, corporate IP departments, IP service providers, and IP management firms.

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Joff Wild, Editor of IAM, gave the opening welcome and the event kicked off with a discussion of “Building IP value,” led by speakers from SanDisk, Novartis Pharma AG, Nokia, the Transpacific IP Group Limited, and Alibaba Group. China is an important market from both a business and IP perspective; PCT applications from China saw 33.4% growth in 2011 with 16,406 applications filed. In this session, the speakers discussed the value of IP from a business, legal and branding perspective, and also discussed the issue of patent quality versus quantity.

“IP has been so critical in our sector for a long time, but the base by which we have monetized IP has changed,” shared Paul Melin, Chief IP office of Nokia. “Monetization is more central now, making our IP more visible to investors.“

Many speakers commented that in order to create IP value, there must be company-wide buy-in.

“It’s not inexpensive to create a meaningful portfolio,” Jim Brelsford, Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of IP Licensing for SanDisk commented. “In the beginning you need to determine where you need protection and you need to consider the product pipeline. You don’t always know which patent is going to add value down the road, so you need broad buy-in.”

Roger Shang, Chief Patent and Technology Counsel for Alibaba Group shared that IP is not only a defense mechanism but a means for collaboration between different groups, such as the legal department and R&D.

Brand is also a key consideration with thinking about an IP strategy and IP monetization. For Alibaba, launching new products comes with careful consideration about where they fit in with the company’s overall branding strategy, and how that impacts their IP strategy.

Inside China’s leading IP companies

On day two, panelists from China’s leading IP companies gathered to discuss the value of IP and the IP management operations at their companies. The panel included speakers from ZTE, who was the biggest filer of PCT applications in 2011, Goldwind Science & Technology, Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, Founder Group, Baidu, and Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group.

BeijingIPpanel 2012

For ZTE, Chief IP Officer Haibo Wang commented that IPR is used as a defense mechanism against competitors but also a means for generating return. The company has 80,000 employees and 30-40% of them are in R&D roles, so creating IP is a critical part of their business.

Xuehong Zhang, General Manager of the Legal & IP Department at Datang commented that patent applications are the “starting and ending points” of their business. The company’s IP strategy has been emphasized all the way to top-level management so that the company can share a vision of innovation.

A key question of the panel was how to maintain patent quality in China, since there has been a sharp increase in patent filings in the country.

Wang commented that for ZTE, patent quality is critically important, although he doesn’t view quantity and quality as being contradictory to one another. “Which is more important is determined by the company’s judgment at a given stage in development,” he said.

Xuri Yang, IP Rights and Intangible Capital Director of the Founder Group commented that the country began taking the patent law seriously a little over a decade ago, and that patent development will be a process of evolution over time. He also commented that quality versus quantity cannot be properly assessed without considering a company’s tactics, be them defensive or otherwise.

Finally, the speakers discussed their companies’ relationships with the service providers that they work with.

Park Zhang, Head of Patents at Baidu, said that because their in-house IP department is small, they rely on an outside law firm to conduct a lot of their work. They consider their law firm a partner and want them to share their corporate vision.

Kai Wu, Executive Vice President of Goldwind Science & Technology, also commented that service providers need to constantly increase their skills and competences especially in emerging fields like new energy. Service providers must have expert technical knowledge.

Wang also shared that despite the large size of ZTE’s business, they still require the work of over 20 different outside firms to handle their IP. They look for their outside law firms to have a global vision so that they can help ZTE navigate risk in the global market. ZTE also relies on service providers for patent analysis and management resources.

China IP Champions Gala Dinner

A highlight of the IPBC China was the China IP Champions Gala Dinner, held on Monday night. At the dinner, 33 Chinese companies were honored for their IP management and value creation strategies.

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With assistance from inovia and Ciela, IAM’s team conducted both qualitative and quantitative research to identify these IP Champions:

aigo Digital Technology Co, Ltd
Alibaba Group
Baidu, Inc
BYD Co, Ltd
Chery Automobile Co, Ltd
China Electronics Corporation
China Kweichow Moutai Distillery Co, Ltd
China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited
China Mobile Limited
China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)
Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group
Founder Group
Goldwind Science & Technology Co, Ltd
Gree Electric Appliances Inc of Zhuhai
Haier Group
Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd
Hutchison MediPharma Limited
Lenovo Group Limited
Li Ning Company Limited
Midea Group
Mindray Medical International Limited
Netac Technology Co, Ltd
PetroChina Company Limited
Sany Group
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited
Simcere Pharmaceutical Group
Tasly Group
TCL Corporation
Tencent, Inc
Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited
XCMG Group
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
ZTE Corporation

The dinner was a wonderful event and we enjoyed hearing about the achievements of these companies. You can learn more about the research process for China’s IP Champions and get details of the work they have done at IAM’s website.

I really enjoyed the inaugural IPBC China, which marked my first visit to China. The event presented a great opportunity to network and learn about IP from the perspective of leading Chinese companies, as well as the importance of IP as a global business asset.