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Translation quality for foreign filing

Translation quality for foreign filing

While we presently accept externally-prepared translations in principle, we sometimes find that translations we receive from clients are not of high quality. Additional costs are then incurred in having our agents “fix” the translation.  Worse (if it’s not bad enough), the client may end up paying the full cost again to have it translated from […]

Stage versus Phase?

Stage versus Phase?

Yes, we know it’s officially known as the PCT National Phase… inovia was founded by an Australian patent attorney, after all. Yet many patent attorneys, agents and applicants in the US refer to it as “PCT national stage entry”.  We’ve used ‘stage’ on our website and in other materials because many of our (mostly US-based) […]

PCT Applications – Top national stage countries for 2009

PCT Applications – Top national stage countries for 2009

It’s that time of year again; where did the year go? inovia handles the 3rd largest volume of PCT applications at the national stage, according to an MIP Ranking in October ’09.  The countries our clients filed into for 2009 broke down by the following ranking: 1. China – 11% 2. Europe – 10% 3. […]

USPTO Budget Shortfall and Proposed 15% Fees Surcharge

USPTO Budget Shortfall and Proposed 15% Fees Surcharge

We hear a lot from our clients about how hard the last 12-18 months have been for them financially. Lower sales, tighter margins, delayed cashflow, and fewer opportunities for licensing and sale of IP (and at lower prices) have made the patents side of life more difficult for just about everyone. Patent firms have faced […]

The PCT:  A “forgettable” convention??

The PCT: A “forgettable” convention??

One of my PCT alerts today included a CBS News blog on green issues… Curious about why a green-issues blog would refer to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), I had a look. I was amused to find the blogger placing the Patent Cooperation Treaty in the same category as the Convention on Psychotropic Substances – […]

At last, the PCT sets out on the Patent Prosecution Highway…

At last, the PCT sets out on the Patent Prosecution Highway…

As discussed here, a fairly serious limitation of existing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs is that PCT applications can’t form the basis for a PPH accelerated examination request.  This has always seemed a slightly artificial restriction to me.  Most national patent offices already re-use the results of their own PCT searches during post-national phase search […]

“First to File” – Already a Practical Reality for Many US Applicants?

“First to File” – Already a Practical Reality for Many US Applicants?

The proposed change to “first to file” in the USA is serious, fundamental, and deserves the level of scrutiny it’s presently receiving in many forums. Indeed, the first blog post by David Kappos as USPTO Director commented specifically on this issue, showing he appreciates its importance. (Poor guy, he then got quickly criticized on a […]

FREE Upcoming PCT Seminars by WIPO

FREE Upcoming PCT Seminars by WIPO

WIPO is planning two free seminars next week – in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov 10th and in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 13th.  Visit the WIPO events page for details and registration.

The Patent Prosecution Highway: PCT Ally or Enemy?

The Patent Prosecution Highway: PCT Ally or Enemy?

Overshadowed by recent patent examination backlog discussions, a series of bilateral agreements, known as the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), has quietly been making progress on work-sharing between patent offices. The PPH allows fast-tracking of an application in one country, based on the results of examination in another. It’s been argued by some that the PPH […]

Controlling Outside Legal Costs

Controlling Outside Legal Costs

At the ACC’s Annual Meeting in Boston, the 2009 ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey results were announced and managing outside legal costs is back in the #1 spot, over compliance concerns. See the full announcement. I think we can safely speak for most of our clients and say we wholeheartedly agree!

BRIC Countries – IP Concerns?

BRIC Countries – IP Concerns?

Our clients often ask us about the value of IP protection in countries like China or India (or Russia and Brazil, the other “BRIC” countries), due to a perception that IP laws are relatively weak there. While we don’t give advice about country selection, consider this approach: look how far China has come in IP […]