Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

This week’s roundup comes live from the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  If you’re at AIPLA, please stop by our booth (#7) to say hello.

Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of October 17, 2011:

  • Asia surpasses Europe as biggest PCT filing region but needs maturity. 
  • The USPTO announced this week that it has met or exceeded its FY2011 goals.
  • The European Court of Justice ruled that stem cell research can’t be patented.
  • The Taiwanese government has proposed the creation of a government-backed “patent bank” that will help local companies defend their IP against foreign entities. 
  • USPTO to conduct studies on the availability of prior use rights in foreign countries as well as aid for small businesses and individual inventors per America Invents Act.
  • As a reminder, the PCT Learning Center is hosting an Advanced PCT Seminar in Arlington, VA on November 15.  Click here for more information. 

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Have a great weekend!


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