WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015

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WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 was released last month and provides a report covering various areas of intellectual property including patents, utility models and trademarks.

The data is drawn from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank. We’ve included some patent highlights from the report below:

  • The top 5 offices in order: China, United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, European Patent Office
  • Top 5 technology fields in order: Computer technology, electrical machinery, measurement, digital communication, medical technology
  • Applications: 2.68 million (4.5% increase from last year)
  • Grants: 1.18 million (0.3% increase from last year)
  • In force: 10.2 million

In total, around 2.68 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2014, up 4.5% from 2013. While this 4.5% growth in filings in 2014 is lower than the growth rate in each of the previous four years, China has consistently been the driving accelerator, accounting for 89% of growth.

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) received the most applications by far, followed by the USPTO, JPO, KIPO and EPO respectively. SIPO, with 928,177 filings, received more applications than the combined total of the USPTO and JPO. If the trend continues, SIPO will become the first office to receive a million applications next year.

In 2014, the top five offices accounted for 82% of the world’s total applications, considerably higher than their 2000 share of 70%. To break it down even further – the top 20 list includes patent offices from thirteen high income economies, five upper middle income economies and two lower middle income countries. Nine offices were located in Asia, six in Europe and two each in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. South Africa, ranked 23rd, was the highest placed office in Africa.

To download the entire report, click here.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy second day of spring, readers! Let’s dive right in, please see below for the latest in foreign filing news:

  • Your « March Madness » festivities might be infringing on a protected trademark.  The NCAA has a strict « trademark protection program » outlined on their website to protect the brand from becoming too generic.
  • This ambitious plan by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) looks to cut patent examinations lengths in half. This would reduce the average length of an examination from around 2 1/2 years to 14 months by 2023.
  • This newly introduced bill looks to end USPTO fee diversion, by placing fees in a separate fund to prevent them from being raided for other purposes.
  • With 2,309 filings under the PCT, ZTE was ranked No. 2 in WIPO’s number of patent applications in 2013, behind Panasonic Corporation at No. 1.

Enjoy this first weekend of spring!  I’ll see you back here next week with more Intellectual Property updates. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

IP5 Offices Agree on Joint PPH Pilot Program

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The five largest Intellectual Property Offices in the world – the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), recently agreed to launch a pilot program scheduled to kick off in January of 2014.  This program, known as the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), aims to improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications between the five offices and encourages a global framework of work sharing.

According to the heads of these five offices, the primary goal of the PPH is to leverage procedures already in place which accelerate patent examination procedures.  Under the IP5, applicants who have been found patentable by one office may be allowed accelerated processing of their applications before the other countries.  In addition to fast tracking this process, the offices involved will exploit existing work results to the extent practicable. 

According to EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the program will have many benefits.  He states, « I am pleased that the first ever all-inclusive PPH pilot program is launched under the PCT framework. It is a very promising step on the way of facilitating the life of users in five big economic regions which represent 85% of the patents granted in the world.  While the program allows the offices to gain additional experience in utilizing each others available work, it will support the aim of promoting the PCT as the primary global framework for work sharing ». 

As Battistelli notes, the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway program encourages a global commitment to improving and making patent filing more efficient.  For more information on the IP5 PPH pilot program, please contact Eugen Stohr at the EPO, estohr@epo.org. 

Check out the PPH archive of our blog for news about other recent pilot programs. And as always, learn more about inovia’s services by following us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everybody! Here are some of the foreign filing stories we’ve gathered from the first week of March:

  • The EPO broke down statistics from a record-breaking 2012, highlighting the historical significance of the new unitary patent.
  • Three judges began work this week at Denver’s newly-opened satellite patent office.
  • A new patent prosecution highway program launched between the patent offices of Japan and Eurasia.
  • Samsung led the world in European patent filings in 2012, with « digital communication » patents as a group increasing by over 20%.
  • inovia news: We added many new countries to our global network over the past few months. For a complete list of the jurisdictions we cover, click here.

Have a nice weekend and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

New PCT Patent Prosecution Highway Between Japan and Eurasia

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On February 15, a patent prosecution highway pilot program launched between the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). The new program allows applicants (from both countries) the opportunity to fast-track examination of their application if the invention is deemed patentable by either patent office. This PCT-PPH with the EAPO marks the 25th IP jurisdiction to form a partnership with Japan.

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We’ve gathered up the latest in foreign patent filing news just for you:

  • Officials from 24 European member states signed the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) agreement this week.
  • A recent Reuters report showed a significant increase in patent application filings from the BRICK countries.
  • A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program has commenced between the patent offices of Japan and Eurasia.
  • China is looking to double its invention patent filings by 2015, with a emphasis on research investment across all industries.

In other news: The new patent law changes under the America Invents Act are only weeks away from coming into force. Learn more>

International Patent Offices Celebrate the Past and Look to the Future

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The patent offices of Europe (EPO), the United States (USPTO) and Japan (JPO) met this week in Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the trilateral agreement between them. During the conference, the offices repledged their plans to improve patent systems through work-sharing. In praising their past efforts, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos stated that “[t]hese work-sharing efforts have brought the resources of the world’s leading patent authorities to bear on improving the quality of examination processes and reducing the processing time for patent applications. »

Most applicants are already aware of the Patent Prosecution Highway, a means to fast-track a patent application in one patent office if claims in a corresponding application in another patent office have been deemed patentable. During the Trilateral Conference, Director Kappos mentioned the Global Dossier Initiative, a proposed system scheduled to be integrated into the IP5 offices (the patent offices of Europe, Japan, South Korea, China and the USA) by Spring 2013.

For patent applicants, the Global Dossier Initiative envisions a single online platform that will facilitate cross-filings into various offices, eliminate the need to file duplicate documents for each application, and provide cost savings through improved mechanical translations. The portal will also link examiners across patent offices, allowing them to collaborate and exchange information.

As international patent filing becomes a greater focus in nearly every applicant’s current and future IP strategy, the development of a global patent portal will surely simplify an often confusing and intimidating undertaking. We at inovia are all about online portals, having developed our own one-stop online platform for creating filing cost estimates and providing instructions for direct Paris Convention filings, PCT national stage entries, European patent validations and patent translations. Interested in learning more? Feel free to register for a free inovia account here.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everybody! Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent-related news for the week of June 11th:

  • EPO President Benoît Battistelli is calling for a stronger framework of IP rights for inventors, including « a cost-effective and legally safe patent system. »
  • David Kappos of the USPTO recently listed 12 reasons why his office is moving to Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), a joint initiative shared with the European Patent Office.
  • After more than 5 years of implementation, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have agreed that July 1st, 2012 will be the official start of the PCT Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program between the two countries. 
  • The U.K. and the U.S. are joining forces to enhance the international patent filing system, beginning with improvements to the UKIPO’s Fast Track System, to create a more flexible and efficient PCT process for patent applicants.
  • And the winners of the EPO’s European Inventors Award 2012 are…Congratulations to all!

inovia has an abundance of resources relating to PCT national phase entry and European validation. Contact one of our offices today for more information!

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 February 20, 2012:

  • The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has entered into a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program with the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), which will begin on March 12, 2012.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations.  This arrangement provides for the establishment of work sharing and patent research projects.
  •  The Australian Government made a donation to WIPO that will support IP capacity-building projects in developing and least developing countries.
  • Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks phenomenon, has filed a request to trademark the term « Linsanity. »

Upcoming:  inovia will be exhibiting at the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting (March 14-17, Anaheim, CA) as well as at the INTA 2012 Meeting (May 5-9 in Washington, DC).  Please contact us to schedule a meeting.  Not attending either show?  Sign up for a live webinar event to get a demo of our global instruction platform, inovia.com.

Also, please feel free to share IP news from your country below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Welcome to this week’s Foreign Filing Roundup, where we take a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of February 6, 2012:

  • An agreement for a unified European patent is expected « in days, » according to the EU’s Internal Market Commissioner.  We’ll see.
  • The JPO and EPO have reached an agreement on machine translations.
  • The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) recently launched a portal to facilitate cooperation and networking between universities and potential licensees.
  • An article from The Economic Times compares filings across the euro zone: Greece and Portugal filed fewer than 8 applications per million inhabitants with the EPO in 2010, compared to Germany’s 335 applications per million inhabitants.
  • USPTO proposed fee changes are open for public comment.  See our blog article.

Please feel free to share any news we’ve missed and your comments on these topics below.  You can also follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Have a great weekend!

USPTO Announces Extension of PPH with EPO & JPO

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On January 29, 2010, the USPTO entered into a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program with its counterpart offices in Europe and Japan. Under the PPH program, Written Opinions or International Preliminary Examination Reports issued by either the European Patent Office or Japanese Patent Office indicating that at least one claim possesses novelty, inventive step and industrial application would “fastrack” the corresponding application in the USPTO.

Benefits of proceeding via the PPH program (which is free to request), include:

  • Accelerated examination (examination within 2-3 months of grant of PPH request);
  • Greater efficiency (over 90% of PPH cases are allowed);
  • Decreased prosecution costs (fewer actions per disposal); and
  • Reduced pendency.

The PPH Pilot Program was scheduled to expire on January 28, 2012. However, the USPTO recently announced that the PPH Program will be extended for 2 years until January 28, 2014 for both the EPO and JPO.

Are you interested in participating in the PPH? Click here to learn more about the program.