Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning, roundup readers. We have had a busy week here at inovia and compiled the latest headlines in foreign patent filing for your consideration. Please read on for the latest news:

  • The European Patent Office (EPO) released initial predictions of patent filing numbers from 2014. Last year, they received over 273,000 filings, an increase of 3% from 2013.
  • More news out of the EPO: Morocco became the first non-member country of the European Patent Organization to validate the legal effects of a European patent in its territory, setting the stage for other territories to do the same.
  • Yesterday, Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with Michelle Lee, the current Deputy Director for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee on patent trolls (a term she isn’t fond of): “I’ve seen the effects of patents that should have not have issued, or that have issued with a scope that is too broad. There is also a cost associated with that as well. On average, a start-up may get between $10 to $15 million to last over a number of years, and there are statistics that indicate that patent litigation can cost well over $1 million. So you can see if there is abusive litigation or a patent that should not have issued, there is a cost to our businesses.” Read more of Michelle Lee’s comment from this presentation here.
  • inovia news: Yesterday, we released a Press Release, “Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for inovia Clients in 2014”. Check out the entire release now.

Have a great weekend, see you back here next week!  

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon. An exciting week of patent news has come and gone. Read on for more information:

  • Michelle Lee is waiting on the Senate to quickly approve her nomination as director of the USPTO. However, Republicans will not allow a vote on the nomination until the next Congress session begins in January.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Israel Patent Office (IPO) recently agreed to a patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot that will allow applicants to request accelerated examinations of a patent at either office. 
  • The EPO and United Nations Environmental Programme recently did a study which concluded that Latin America and the Caribbean have untapped renewable energy potential. Read more here.
  • inovia news: Please read up on our upcoming events and get in contact with the nearest inovia office to set up a meeting today.

Stay warm out there and check back next week for more foreign filing news. Also, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!