The results of this survey will shape our 2013 US Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator report, which provides a look at the foreign filing strategy of US patentees and their global outlook for 2013. Results from last year’s report were featured in BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.
Last year, the survey uncovered some interesting trends. The defining theme of our 2010 and 2011 reports was “doing more with less,” as respondents experienced significant budget cuts and took severe cost-cutting measures, such as filing into fewer countries, as a result. 2012 saw cautious optimism; less than half of respondents experienced budget cuts going into 2012 (compared to two-thirds of respondents the year before). We also saw a sharp increase in the percentage of respondents who chose to bring in-house or outsource their foreign filing work. We’re curious to see what is in store for the 2013 report.
The survey covers the following topics:
- Volume of applications filed
- International filing activity
- Filing method, PCT vs. Paris
- Importance of various filing destinations
- ISA selection and experience
- IP budgets & workflow changes
- Cost-containment strategies
If you have a few minutes, we would greatly appreciate your participation in the survey. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.