In late September, Managing Intellectual Property magazine posted the results of their 2013 PCT Survey, which ranks the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms by their number of applications coming due for national stage entry in 2013. I’m proud to say that inovia has placed first in the United States for the third consecutive year, handling the national stage entry of more than 1,500 PCTs in 2013. We also placed second in the global rankings behind our Chinese agent China-Pat Intellectual Property Office, who will handle 1,772 applications this year.
We take great pride in the quality and capabilities of our agent network, and would like to congratulate our associates who ranked among the top filers in their local markets:
- China-Pat Intellectual Property Office of China (#1)
- Nederlandsch Octrooibureau of the Netherlands (#2)
- Meissner Bolte & Partner of Germany (#2)
- AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office of China (#3)
- Sunyoung International Patent & Law Firm of Korea (#3)
- Ridout & Maybee of Canada (#3)
- S. Majumdar & Co. of India (#3)
- Bereskin & Parr of Canada (#4)
- Borden Ladner Gervais of Canada (#5)
- Harness Dickey of the United States (#8)
- Hanol Intellectual Property & Law of Korea (#9)
- Shelston IP of Australia (#9)
- Freehills Patent Attorneys of Australia (#10)
- Kilburn & Strode of the United Kingdom (#10)
As part of this year’s PCT Survey, Managing IP‘s Peter Leung spoke with inovia CEO David Nelson and other industry experts to examine the impact that “IP Portals” are having on the industry. The article references IP consultant Duncan Hart (watch the webinar we hosted with Duncan back in January on demand), who has written about how IP portals disrupt the relationships that patent attorneys have with their clients. On the contrary, Nelson and representatives from other IP portals point out the growing trend of IP firms turning to IP service providers in order to make their own practices more efficient. You can read the full article from Managing IP here - we’d love to hear your opinions on this topic in the comments section below.
The 1,500+ PCTs that inovia will handle in 2013 reflects a 10% increase from last year and is more than double the number of filings handled in 2011. If you’d like to learn more about how inovia can fit into your foreign filing practices, please feel free to get in touch with the inovia office nearest you.