IP5 Release their Annual Statistics Report

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Good afternoon. The world’s five largest patent offices, also known as the IP5, recently released their annual Statistics Report. The Report analyzes and overviews the operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while also providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow and comparing procedures. The members of the IP5 is comprised of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO). 

A brief summary of the 2013 Report: The IP5 granted almost 957,000 patents (an increase of 4% from the previous year), while 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the IP5 Offices (an increase of 11% from 2012). This Report provides data for the historical numbers of patent applications going back to the 1980s. Originally, this Statistics Report was released in 1983 as a project between the USPTO, EPO, and JPO. The 2011 Report was the first time SIPO was included, with all 5 Offices have participated ever since. 

The IP5 initially met in 2007 and now handle almost 90% of the world’s patent applications. Since then, they have aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of the examination process and learned how to better share information and technology between Offices. 

The complete report is available here to download. For inovia’s 2014 Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator, please click here. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for foreign patent filing updates. See you back here tomorrow! 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon.  The temperatures are dropping in New York City, we hope you are faring better in your neck of the woods.  Please read below for the latest updates in foreign patent filing for the week of November 18th:

  • The Innovation Act is expected to pass the House Judiciary Committee, a legislative measure that aims to combat abusive patent lawsuits.
  • The US Patent and Trademark Office selected San Jose City Hall as the permanent space for their Silicon Valley satellite office
  • The IP5 (the European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, State Intellectual Property Office, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office), reported an 11% growth in filings for 2012.
  • This start-up prevailed in a suit against a patent bully – only after 14 months, thousands of documents, hours of depositions, and mountains of legal fees.

That’s a wrap for this week. As always, please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for updates. 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everyone! Here’s what we found in the way of foreign filing news from the week of September 23rd:

  • The Unitary European Patent system is raising litigation concerns for US companies, including tech giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
  • The five largest IP offices in the world agreed to launch a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program to fast track patent examination procedures and utilize each others available work.
  • This article looks at the challenges universities are facing regarding licensing issues.
  • inovia news:  We are excited to participate in events all around the world throughout the fall and winter.  We’d love to see you there!

Have a fantastic weekend, readers! For updates and exciting inovia announcements, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

IP5 Offices Agree on Joint PPH Pilot Program

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The five largest Intellectual Property Offices in the world – the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), recently agreed to launch a pilot program scheduled to kick off in January of 2014.  This program, known as the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), aims to improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications between the five offices and encourages a global framework of work sharing.

According to the heads of these five offices, the primary goal of the PPH is to leverage procedures already in place which accelerate patent examination procedures.  Under the IP5, applicants who have been found patentable by one office may be allowed accelerated processing of their applications before the other countries.  In addition to fast tracking this process, the offices involved will exploit existing work results to the extent practicable. 

According to EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the program will have many benefits.  He states, “I am pleased that the first ever all-inclusive PPH pilot program is launched under the PCT framework. It is a very promising step on the way of facilitating the life of users in five big economic regions which represent 85% of the patents granted in the world.  While the program allows the offices to gain additional experience in utilizing each others available work, it will support the aim of promoting the PCT as the primary global framework for work sharing”. 

As Battistelli notes, the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway program encourages a global commitment to improving and making patent filing more efficient.  For more information on the IP5 PPH pilot program, please contact Eugen Stohr at the EPO, estohr@epo.org. 

Check out the PPH archive of our blog for news about other recent pilot programs. And as always, learn more about inovia’s services by following us on Twitter @inoviaIP.