Record Patent Filings Reported at the EPO

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The European Patent Office (EPO) received over 273,000 patent filings last year, an increase of 3% from 2013, and the highest recorded numbers in the organizations history. Please note that these are still rough figures, as the final report will be published on both individual countries and industry sectors on February 26, 2015.

Preliminary figures show that patent filing growth was seen from numerous countries including the United States of America (up 6.7%), China (up 16.8%), South Korea (up 1.4%), while a slight drop was seen from Japan (down 3.8%).

EPO President Benoit Battistelli explained on the initial numbers, “These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe’s continued strength as a hub of innovation. Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak.”

We, for one, are looking forward to the final report, and will be sure to share the results once published in late February. As always, feel free to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP or on our LinkedIn page

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning.  We are in the midst of a bitter cold streak of weather here in New York City.  We hope everyone is staying warm! As always, read below for the latest news in the foreign filing world for the week of January 20th:

  • The European Patent Office had a record year in 2013, with the number of patent filings received up 2.8%.
  • The federal court of Canada awarded over $10 million to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for copyright infringement of The Simpsons and Family Guy television shows.
  • Bad news for rap mogul Jay-Z! He was recently named a defendant in a $600M lawsuit by an entrepreneur who claims he previously trademarked the name “Brooklyn Nets”.
  • The inovia team will be attending the AUTM Conference next month in San Francisco.  Will you be there? We’d love to meet up!  Get in contact with us here

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday everyone! Take a look at some of the foreign filing headlines from the week of March 18th:

  • A new report reveals the growing number of foreign-owned IP firms and the impact it’s had on U.S. consumers.
  • SIPO launched a new pilot patent prosecution highway program with the Austrian Patent Office.
  • WIPO released a report showing filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs “saw continued growth in 2012.”
  • The EPO has updated its online training tool for site users, which includes interactive tours, searching strategies and more.

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