Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Yesterday in an 89-9 vote, the U.S. Senate passed an overhaul to the U.S. patent system, marking the biggest change to U.S. patent law since 1952.  We have more on that and the rest of the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of September 5 in this week’s roundup:

  • The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act passed in the U.S. Senate on September 8.  Proponents of the legislation maintain that it will spark job creation, while others believe the switch to a “first-to-file” system will hurt inventors and start-ups.
  • The Patently-O Blog examined the effect the changes may have on information disclosures and also posted information about an immediate USPTO fee increase.
  • A new study shows that Chinese patents may be on par with Western countries in terms of innovation.
  • China ranked sixth for international trademark registry applications filed this year, up one spot from 2010.

Feel free to post comments, questions and news from your country below.  Have a great weekend!


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