Evidence of Use Webinar: Join Us!

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Join us on April 10th, 2018 at 12:00PM EST, for our upcoming webinar:

‘Crowdsourcing Evidence of Use: How and Why You Should’

The webinar will be presented by Peter Vanderheyden, CEO of AOP and guest speaker Neil Simpkin, Managing Director of RWS Patent Information.

Evidence of Use (EoU) assists you in demonstrating and establishing the value of your intellectual property as a function of its being used in the marketplace. The webinar will cover:

  • Market data on why you should consider an EoU process for your IP program, if you have not already
  • A full breakdown and walkthrough of what we do to give you a competitive edge through EoU
  • Why crowdsourcing EoU systematically outperforms traditional methods
  • How our proprietary platform, AOP Connect™, empowers you to scale-up your search capabilities without having to scale-up your workload
  • Success stories and case studies on how our clients have used AOP’s methodology in the past

Register for the webinar here.

Inaugural IP Networking Dinner in Palo Alto

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On Thursday night, December 7th, RWS and Article One Partners (AOP) hosted “IP Best Practices Networking Dinner” at The Annex in Palo Alto, California. The room was filled with IP professionals across patent litigation, prosecution and licensing for a night of networking and giving back.

The Annex hosted a private room, passing hors d’oeuvres and drinks to a buzzing room. The guests were then seated to a five-course meal and three lucky guests won a raffle of nearly $600 worth of wine from On Q Wines.

Another aspect of the event focused on charity. RWS & AOP were able to raise $535 which will all be donated to Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue, “Where the Humans are Broke, Not the Animals.” The organization is a California based non-profit and 100% of the money goes to the animals. Julie Watters was able to have our donation generously matched by Chevron Corporation. The guests also provided unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots Campaign.

At the end of the evening, Mrs. Caroline Chenique took a few minutes to thank all the guests for attending and for their donations. She briefly introduced Jim Burns of AOP where he was met with several interested questions regarding how AOP works.

For more information regarding upcoming events, please visit our events page or sign up for our blog here.

Patent Search Strategies for Success: Join our Webinar

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On Wednesday 15th November, James Fahy and Peter Shea led a webinar titled ‘Patent Search Strategies for Success’. The webinar began by covering three main tool types available for strategy creation:

  • Keywords and classification
  • Citation
  • Name covering applicants, investors and signees

Peter Shea emphasized that ‘A strategy balancing the strengths and weaknesses of all appropriate search tools will be needed to deliver the best possible outcome.’

Once a search strategy is created, the search methodology will follow. Amongst the most popular searches are:

  • Novelty/patentability
  • Validity/invalidity
  • Freedom-to-Operate/Clearance

It was emphasized that Landscape Analysis, whilst not strictly a Search, provides an overview of patenting activity and help drive business decisions. This can be used in varying situations from R&D Decision Making to Competitor analysis.

Attorneys licensed in the State of New Jersey were able to receive up to 1 General CLE credit for attending. In the future, more webinars with CLE credit will be led by James Fahy and Peter Shea.
If you are interested in finding out about future webinars for NJ CLE credit, please sign up for our Insight posts.

If you have any questions, please contact your local RWS office.

Download your free copy of our Patent Search brochure here.

Acquisition of Article One Partners

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For immediate release                                                                                               2 October 2017

RWS Holdings plc

Acquisition of Article One Partners

RWS Holdings plc (“RWS), the world’s leading provider of intellectual property (“IP”) support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches) and a leading provider of life sciences and commercial language services, today announces the acquisition of Article One Partners, LLC (“AOP”), a cutting-edge IP information business based in the United States, for a cash consideration of US$8 million (“the Acquisition”).

AOP’s online crowdsourcing platform links its clients to a community of over 42,000 researchers, across more than 170 countries, to provide them with access to IP intelligence that informs their litigation, licensing, patent enforcement and IP acquisition strategy decisions. The platform is able to match AOP’s clients’ requirements with researchers in the right technical field and geography. AOP has a track record of delivering critical litigation citations to its strong client base, which includes blue chip corporations such as Philips.

The acquisition will be highly complementary to RWS’s existing Patent Information business and PatBase offering, whilst reinforcing the Group’s focus on providing innovative technology solutions to its clients. In particular the acquisition will strengthen the US presence of RWS’s Patent Information division while expanding cross-selling opportunities across the existing client base. In addition, the support of RWS’s IP sales team in the US, Europe and Asia will bring AOP’s services to a wider market.

AOP achieved revenues of US$3.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2016 and is expected to be earnings neutral in RWS’s 2018 financial year, as the benefits from RWS’s sales team and back office synergies are realised.

Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented:

“The acquisition of AOP is a natural fit to accelerate the development of our growing Patent Information division and will provide clients with a complementary, online resource to aid their intellectual property research needs.

“We see a number of opportunities for the business to benefit from RWS’s scale and global presence, particularly given our established sales team’s ability to offer clients the fuller range of intellectual property services across multiple geographies, so we are excited about the potential for this additional service going forward.”

ENDS

 

For further information contact:

RWS Holdings plc

Andrew Brode, Chairman    01753 480200

Richard Thompson, Chief Executive Officer    01753 480200

MHP Communications

Katie Hunt / Simon Hockridge   0203 128 8794

Numis

Stuart Skinner / Kevin Cruickshank (Nominated Adviser)   0207 260 1000

Michael Burke (Corporate Broker)

About RWS

RWS is the world’s leading provider of patent translations and one of the leading players in the provision of intellectual property support services and a market leader in life sciences translations and linguistic validation as well as a high level specialist language service provider in other technical areas, providing for the diverse needs of a blue-chip multinational client base from Europe, North America and Asia.  RWS is based in the UK, with offices in Europe, the USA (New York, Hartford, Broomfield, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago), China, Japan and Australia, and is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).

 

For further information, please visit:  www.rws.com.

 

This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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U.S. & China Extend Lead in International Patent Filings

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The United States extended its position as the top source of international patent applications via WIPO amid a strong year of worldwide IP filing growth. International patent applications filed under WIPO’s PCT grew by 1.7% to 218,000 in 2015, a new record.

Innovators based in the United States filed the largest annual number of international patent applications in the last 38 years (57,385 PCT filings). The U.S. was followed by Japan (44,235), and China (29,846). The overall increase in patent-filing activity by China based innovators accounted for much of the growth last year.

Telecom companies topped the list of PCT filers in 2015. Huawei Technologies led for the 2nd year with 3,898 PCTs. Qualcomm Incorporated was the second largest filer with 2,442 published applications and China’s ZTE Corporation rounded out the top 3 with 2,155 PCT applications.

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