Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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We just got crushed by a massive Nor’easter in New York City, stay warm out there everyone! Read below for breaking news in foreign patent filing for the week of February 10th:

  • In honor of the Olympics, here are 17 patents that made winter sports possible, including the snowboard and bobsled!
  • The start date for the Europe’s Unified Patent Court has been pushed back to 2016 at the earliest. 
  • Starbucks is claiming trademark infringement on parody store, « Dumb Starbucks« .  According to spokesman Jim Olson, « we appreciate the humor but they can’t use our name. It’s a protected trademark. It’s our trademark. »
  • inovia news: We recently added 5 new direct (Paris Convention) filing destinations! 

We will be attending the Global IPO and the AUTM Conferences next week in San Francisco.  Come say hello if you will be attending! See you back here next week for more IP updates. 

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a list of the latest foreign filing headlines for your consideration:

  • ICYMI: Our 2016 IP Trends Survey is now live. We invite patent professionals responding on behalf of companies and universities to participate here.
  • A bill in New Zealand passed its first reading in Parliament. The bill aims to establish a single joint registration regime allowing practice in both Australia and New Zealand with single qualification requirements and professional standards. Read more.
  • WIPO’s IP Facts & Figures report has been released, based on their more comprehensive report, The World Intellectual Property Indicators, 2015.
  • Luxury fashion brand, Burberry Group PLC, is suing J.C. Penney accusing the retailer of trademark infringement for selling outerwear that featured copies of their famous pattern.

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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!