President Battistelli discusses future of EPO at IPO Annual Meeting

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RWS inovia recently attended the 44th Annual IPO Meeting on September 12th & 13th in New York, NY. We had the pleasure of sitting in on a session with Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Organization. In his remarks, Battistelli reinforced the EPO’s commitment to quality and efficiency in all patent related work moving forward.

The EPO was established in 1973 and covers 42 countries with an annual budget of $2.4 billion, which is self financed as an independent organization. The European Patent Organization is the 2nd largest intergovernmental institution in Europe and employs around 7,000 people.

Battistelli discussed Europe as an attractive and lucrative market for innovation, with a growth of 4.8% European patent applications last year alone. High quality European patents are drivers of innovation and secure the competitiveness of the European economy. 27% of patent applications the EPO received originated from the US and accounted for 16.4% of overall growth last year. Other countries driving growth include China, accountable for 22.2% of growth.

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Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday! Here are the latest foreign filing headlines from the week of September 1st:

  • Trademarks, like patents, are territorial. Read on to see what every business should know about trademark „squatting“ in China. 
  • Germany is preparing for Oktoberfest, where 6 million people will descend on Munich in 16 days! See what patented inventions help this event go off without a hitch each year. 
  • Patent filing in Singapore has jumped more than 20% in the last 10 years, from 7,908 in 2003 to 9,722, debunking the notion that the process is expensive among small and medium-sized enterprises.  
  • inovia news: We will be attending the 2014 IPO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia next week.  Please get in contact with us or stop by Booth 203 if you’ll also be at the conference!

As always, thanks for reading! We will see you back here next week.  Please be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @inoviaIP. 

inovia Travels: 2014 IPO Annual Meeting

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Good morning.  I hope everyone had a great long weekend and are looking forward to fall. We have been busy preparing for the upcoming event season, starting with the 2014 IPO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event lasts from September 7th – 9th and is a mix of educational programs, committee meetings, networking opportunities and exhibits. Featured guests include Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, as the luncheon speaker on Monday. On Tuesday, Hon. Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein, Supreme Court of Canada, will speak. Parallel sessions on Patent and Trademark/Copyright topics are offered throughout the meeting. 

On Monday, there is also a dinner reception atop Grouse Mountain, the highest mountain in Vancouver. For more about the event, please click here. We are excited to be exhibiting and invite you to stop by Booth 203. Chris Karel and Wolfgang Danner will be manning the booth and would love to describe more about our foreign filing platform, 

We hope to see you there! For all of our upcoming events this fall, check out our event page and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.