That’s a Wrap, 2016!

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RWS inovia is set to complete a successful 2016 and we look forward to continue to service your IP needs in 2017. Highlights from the past year include:

  • We hold the title of the #1 PCT firm in the United States for the sixth consecutive year – RWS inovia handled the deadlines of  1,419 PCTs. Now in its eighth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms instructing the foreign filing of the most PCT patent applications is based on details in WIPO. To complete the tables, PCT applications with a priority date between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 were extracted. These correspond to applications set to enter the national stage between January 1 and December 31 of this year. Read more.
  • RWS inovia and PatBase integration complete – The RWS inovia platform and PatBase were formally integrated in October. Our 1-click quote feature now obtains patent information from the PatBase system instead of from WIPO. Read more. 
  • Annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator was released – Now in its seventh year, the RWS inovia Indicator is a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world. Released in June, key findings included respondents cutting foreign filing costs by filing in fewer countries, bringing steps in-house and negotiating with their foreign counsel. Download here.
  • China leads global patent application growth – China propelled global patents to a new record of 2.9 million applications in 2015. They were the first office to file more than a million applications in a calendar year. This is an overall growth rate of 7.8% over 2014 and the sixth year in a row patent prosecution rose according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Read more. 
  • UK set to ratify Unitary Patent – After months of uncertainty since the United Kingdom voted in favor of Brexit, the UK government gave a green light for the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to proceed. We conducted a highly attended webinar on the subject matter in early October. Read more. 
  • The top global destinations for protecting your IP – Curious to know how to maximize your IP protection across the globe? Our Founder, Justin Simpson, sat down with Small Business Magazine to highlight the hot 5 IP locations in May. Read more. 

Happy New Year, readers! Follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for daily IP and foreign filing updates.

RWS inovia #1 PCT Firm in the United States for 6th Consecutive Year

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We are excited to announce that RWS inovia is #1 in the United States for the sixth consecutive year by Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s annual ranking of the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms. RWS inovia handled the deadlines of  1,419 PCTs.

Now in its eighth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms instructing the foreign filing of the most PCT patent applications is based on details in WIPO. To complete the tables, PCT applications with a priority date between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 were extracted. These correspond to applications set to enter the national stage between January 1 and December 31 of this year.

Managing IP’s top PCT firms list is a crucial benchmark of firms’ activities in the patent market, especially as PCT applications are assuming a greater role in IP owner’s strategies. The survey is a go-to tool for law firms seeking a reliable resource for identifying potential attorney firms around the world with whom they can exchange patent work.

In addition to providing comprehensive technology to simplify the foreign filing process and reduce costs, RWS inovia has a global network of agents in over 130 countries. As in previous years, RWS inovia’s foreign agents also ranked among the top filers in their markets in the survey and we are proud to be global leaders with our distinguished colleagues.

Download the complete ranking of top PCT filing firms here.

 

Foreign Filing Roundup W/O 14 October 2016

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Good afternoon from New York City. Here are some of the foreign filing stories we’ve gathered to take you into the fall weekend:

  • Don’t forget to sign up for our webinar this Tuesday, October 18th at 10am EST: « Brexit: The Impact on your International Patent Filing Strategy.” We will discuss implications for the Unitary patent and other patent related issues. Sign up here. 
  • According to Managing IP Magazine, US patent case filing in US district courts fell in the 3rd quarter. 1,130 cases were filed, down 13% from the 1,299 in the 2nd quarter. Read the full article here. 
  • The legal war between Apple and Samsung reached the Supreme Court this week. For the first time in a century, the Court considered what the limits of design patents should be. Read more. 
  • A new report by the Federal Trade Commission sheds light on companies that play the patent system, boosting claims by many in the tech industry that patent trolls employ shakedown tactics. Read more here. 

Check back again next week for patent industry updates and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Foreign Filing Roundup W/O 26 September 2016

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Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a list of the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the week of September 26th:

  • Don’t forget to sign up for our webinar with Managing IP Magazine, « Brexit: The Impact on your International Patent Filing Strategy. » We will discuss Brexit and implications for the Unitary patent and other patent related issues. Sign up here. 
  • The USPTO is harnessing the power of patent data in the fight against cancer. Last month, they launched the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge to enlist the public’s help in revealing insights into investments around cancer therapy and treatments. Read more. 
  • Recently, the EPO and Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) took part in a joint workshop to exchange information on plant related patents and plant variety rights. Read about the initiative here. 
  • Managing IP Magazine recently looked at patent litigation trends in Russia. Since Russia’s IP Court started operating in July 2013, there have been many cases of interest to IP practitioners. Read more. 

Along with Twitter and LinkedIn, you can now Like us on Facebook for patent translation, foreign filing and patent search updates. We recently revamped our pages and completed a rebrand of RWS inovia. Follow us for daily IP news!!

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.

inovia Agents Rank Among Top Patent Firms in Managing IP’s 2015 IP Stars Handbook

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In Managing Intellectual Property‘s « 2015 IP Stars Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Leading IP Firms and Lawyers« , patent owners will find a resource that includes an annual ranking of the leading patent firms in each jurisdiction throughout the world.

inovia is proud to announce that many of our own agents made the annual rankings in patent prosecution, demonstrating inovia’s commitment to building a network of superior patent professionals. 

The survey covers 75 countries and ranks the top firms for prosecution and contentious work. Firms are ranked based on peer and client feedback, those in the top tiers received the most recommendations for the quality and depth of their practices.

inovia agents in 36 countries were listed in the rankings for patent prosecution work, with agents in 18 countries achieving the highest possible ranking including: Kilburn & Strode (UK), Reinhold Cohn & Partners (Israel), Spoor & Fisher (South Africa), Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (Netherlands), Saba & Co. (Lebanon/Morocco/Saudi Arabia), S. Majumbar & Co. (India), Jacobacci (Italy), Cabinet M. Oproiu (Romania) and Bentata Abogados (Venezuela).

A big congratulations to all of the inovia agents who ranked so highly in this year’s Managing IP report! One of the main reasons inovia has become the leader in this field in the last 13 years has been the quality of its agents. When clients trust inovia with their foreign filings, they are also trusting the foreign patent firms we’ve selected. We are still seeing the majority of our clients take advantage of the cost savings by using an inovia agent for their foreign filing needs.

Congratulations again! For more information on the report, please download a list of all the firms here.

Also, feel free to get in contact to learn more about inovia’s services and to chat with a patent professional today. You can also follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning and Happy Halloween! Here are the latest updates in foreign filing news for the week of October 27th:

  • The USPTO will host the first Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on Friday, November 14th in Menlo Park, CA. The meeting will serve as a collaborative forum for stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sectors to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff.
  • We are now #1 in the world for taking PCT applications to the national phase! Download Managing IP Magazine’s complete 2014 survey here.
  • Check out this interesting read about how space and satellite technology have become such an important part of digital modern life. 
  • This trick-or-treater was the toast of the town in 1968 with the invention of « inflatable fancy garments! »:                                                                     Creepy IP

Have a fantastic fall weekend! As always, feel free to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for all patent updates. 

inovia Now #1 PCT Firm in the World

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We are excited to announce that we have been named the #1 PCT firm in the world by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. This is our first year as #1 in the world and our 4th year as #1 in the United States. We handled 1,546 PCT applications in 2014, an increase from 2013. 

Now in its sixth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms handling the most patents filed under the PCT is based on details published by WIPO. Their survey is a crucial benchmark of firms’ activities in the patent market, especially as PCT applications are assuming a greater role in IP owners’ strategies. The survey is an important tool for law firms seeking a reliable resource for identifying potential attorney firms around the world with whom they can exchange patent work. 

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Results of MIP’s 2014 Patent Survey

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Managing Intellectual Property magazine recently published the results of its 2014 « Patent Survey », which ranks the top firms for prosecution and contentious work in more than 70 countries.  As a testament to the quality of our agent network, inovia’s agents in 39 countries were listed in the ranking (many for consecutive years), with agents in 18 countries achieving the highest possible « tier 1 » rank. 

« We want to congratulate all of the inovia agents who ranked so highly in this year’s Managing IP survey », commented our founder, Justin Simpson.  « One of the main reasons inovia has become the leader in this field in the last 12 years has been the quality of its agents. When clients trust inovia with their foreign filings, they are also trusting the foreign patent firms we’ve selected.  We are still seeing the majority of our clients take advantage of the cost savings by using an inovia agent for their foreign filing needs. »

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon and Happy Friday! We have been busy gathering the latest foreign patent filing news updates from the past week:

  • inovia news: We are excited to announce that 39 countries in our agent network ranked in Managing IP Magazine’s recent « Patent Survey 2014« . Congratulations to all firms involved!
  • The nine heads of ASEAN member states’ IP offices and the EPO signed the first memorandum to strengthen the cooperation on patents. 
  • A German court dismissed a lawsuit against Apple today in which IPCom demanded $2.1 billion in damages for infringing on a 3G patent.
  • The USPTO is set to host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA.

Enjoy the weekend, see you back here next week for more news updates.  In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Results of Managing IP’s 2013 Patent Survey

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Managing Intellectual Property magazine recently published the results of its 2013 “Patent Survey,” which ranks the top firms for prosecution and contentious work in more than 80 countries. As a testament to the quality of our agent network, inovia’s agents in 46 countries were listed in the rankings (many for consecutive years), with agents in 19 countries achieving the highest possible “tier 1” rank.

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