Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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The first traces of spring were felt this week in NYC.  Let’s hope more warm weather is to follow shortly! Please read on for your weekly foreign filing update:

  • The European Patent Organization (EPO) put together a list of highlights from 2013, including their 40th anniversary and progress on the unitary patent. 
  • WIPO had a record year in 2013, as the PCT experienced a growth rate of over 5% and for the first time more than 200,000 patent applications were filed in one year. 
  • According to the annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report, China replaced Germany as the third largest country in patent filings.
  • Patent filings at the EPO grew in 2013 to over 2.8% over the previous year. As EPO President Benoit Battistelli states, « Demand for patent prosectuion in Europe is up for the fourth consecutive year. »  

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