IP Watchdog Features Our 2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator

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We recently launched our 8th annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. The report gives patent professionals an insight into the IP world and highlights how your colleagues are affected by the changing patent landscape. IP Watchdog recently covered the Indicator and sat down with RWS ‘ Justin Simpson for an interview.

IP Watchdog mentioned several statistics from the report including that more than 73% of respondents filed patents in four or more countries in 2016. This is something that Simpson accounts to the increased globalization within the intellectual property space. 87% of respondents have been filing into BRIC countries for the last five years, showing that the world is getting smaller. 

Despite the increased number of international patent application filings, one-third of the survey respondents had their IP budgets reduced during 2016. Simpson accounts this to the patentability of software and the reduced amount of freedom in the sector; whilst inventors may have filed all five of their inventions 15 years ago, now they may just file one or two, thus leading to a reduced budget overall.

Download the full Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator by clicking here. Feel free to get in contact with your closest RWS office with any questions.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning. I hope everyone is having a productive and restful start to the New Year. Let’s get right down to it, read below for the latest headlines in foreign filing news:

  • In case you missed it: inovia released their 2014 Year in Review! Last year, we launched a new website, became the #1 filer of PCT applications in the world and expanded our agent network. Click here to read this, as well as the top PCT national stage filing destinations for our clients.
  • IP Watchdog also released a year end article, this time inviting industry leaders to make patent and intellectual property wishes for 2015. Read more here.
  • If you file trademarks electronically, it’s about to get a lot less expensive. The USPTO recently announced a reduction in fees beginning January 17, 2015.
  •  Fun patent of the day: Apple recently patented a phone where bending is a feature and not a flaw. Interesting!

Check back next week for more updates. Also, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and LinkedIn to stay in touch. 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everyone! Forbes has declared June to be Startup Month, so the articles we’ve chosen for this week’s Roundup are dedicated to all of the small businesses, solo inventors, and entrepreneurs out there:

  • Inventors, what is required for your invention to be patented? IP Watchdog weighs in on what is « patent eligible » and other necessary rules that come with obtaining your patent.
  • An article put out by the New York Times presents 32 truly remarkable inventions that are likely to shape our future. Number 31 on the list just may be the solution to more stress-free days in the office.
  • So you think you’re an entrepreneur? Take this self-assessment from Kauffman Fasttrac and gain some insight into the personal characteristics that make up your entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Learn about organizational barriers to the innovation process and how to avoid these roadblocks to speed up product push-out and remain competitive.
  •  10 Must Have Productivity Tools For Entrepreneurs: Very relevant for today’s small businesses: Which of these tools does your startup use?

Is your startup seeking cost-savings strategies for your patents? inovia has a Small Business Solutions Team dedicated to the needs of sole inventors and small businesses. Jeff Shieh leads this team, and would be happy to assist you with your foreign filing-related questions. Feel free to contact him directly, or attend one of our webinars for an overview of the international patenting process. Have a great weekend!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everyone, here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of March 19, 2012:

  • The EPO is « going green » with a new awareness campaign.
  • This major pharmaceutical case has been top of mind for many people in the IP space. IPWatchdog provides their thoughts on the ruling.
  • Can it be? A new patent by Nokia is causing quite a stir.
  • inovia news: inovia‘s Cara DiSisto attended the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Here she shares her experience and key points that she took away from the conference.

We want to hear about your AUTM 2012 experience! Share your story below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.