Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Happy Friday and happy New Year!  Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the first week of 2012:

  • USPTO Director David Kappos discusses what 2012 may hold in his latest blog article.  The themes are progress, harmonization and technology.
  • The USPTO also reviewed their Track 1 examination program (paying an additional fee to speed up examination).  1,218 of the 1,231 requests of the prioritized examination (that have been decided) were granted.
  • China surpasses the U.S. and Japan as top patent filer.
  • We ranked our top national stage entry countries for 2011.
  • Robert Sayre of Modern Times Legal wrote a guest post providing insight into patent practice at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization.

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