WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015

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WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 was released last month and provides a report covering various areas of intellectual property including patents, utility models and trademarks.

The data is drawn from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank. We’ve included some patent highlights from the report below:

  • The top 5 offices in order: China, United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, European Patent Office
  • Top 5 technology fields in order: Computer technology, electrical machinery, measurement, digital communication, medical technology
  • Applications: 2.68 million (4.5% increase from last year)
  • Grants: 1.18 million (0.3% increase from last year)
  • In force: 10.2 million

In total, around 2.68 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2014, up 4.5% from 2013. While this 4.5% growth in filings in 2014 is lower than the growth rate in each of the previous four years, China has consistently been the driving accelerator, accounting for 89% of growth.

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) received the most applications by far, followed by the USPTO, JPO, KIPO and EPO respectively. SIPO, with 928,177 filings, received more applications than the combined total of the USPTO and JPO. If the trend continues, SIPO will become the first office to receive a million applications next year.

In 2014, the top five offices accounted for 82% of the world’s total applications, considerably higher than their 2000 share of 70%. To break it down even further – the top 20 list includes patent offices from thirteen high income economies, five upper middle income economies and two lower middle income countries. Nine offices were located in Asia, six in Europe and two each in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. South Africa, ranked 23rd, was the highest placed office in Africa.

To download the entire report, click here.

Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good afternoon. Here are some of the IP stories we’ve gathered to take you into this beautiful fall weekend:

  • inovia is #1 again! We’re excited to announce that we ranked number one in the world for the 2nd consecutive year in MIP’s annual ranking of the top PCT firms. For the 5th year, we are first in the United States. In total, inovia nationalized 1,800 PCTs in 2015, an increase of over 16% from last year. Download the complete ranking of top PCT filing firms here.
  • A case of copyright infringement? Twitter suspended many popular social media accounts including Deadspin and SBNationGIF on Monday. These handles had previously posted GIF animations and Vines of key plays in NFL and college football games. Read more.
  • WIPO is holding a seminar on the Madrid System for those wanting to improve practical skills in filing applications and managing registrations (November 26th and 27th). Interested? Sign up here.
  • This year, the EPO and SIPO celebrate 30 years of bilateral cooperation, a partnership that has impacted intellectual property on a global scale.

That’s all for this week. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and have a great weekend!

 

Chinese Intellectual Property News-August 2014

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their most recent newsletter.  Please see below for highlights:

  • SIPO of China announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (PPH) between SIPO and UKIPO, IPO and PRV formally began on July 1, 2014. These program will run for 2 years, ending on June 30, 2016. 
  • The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has partnered with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to lend its expertise to Chinese companies.  They will work together on 13 issues, including IP exchanges with foreign countries and managing IP training programs. 
  • Administrative departments in China dealt with almost 40,000 cases of infringement and counterfeiting from January – April 2014. 
  • The Central Reform Leading Group held its third meeting and discussed the hierarchy of China’s IP courts. It was decided that to achieve consistency of the judgement on IP cases, three intermediate-level intellectual property courts will be set up in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. 
  • On July 10th, the opening ceremony of the WIPO agency was held in Beijing. This is the fifth of its kind to be opened worldwide, after offices in the United States, Japan, Brazil and Singapore.

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for issuing this very informative newsletter. For more updates relating to foreign patent filing, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Foreign Filing Friday, readers! I’ve been busy perusing the latest headlines in patent news for the week of November 10th. See below:

  • This is a quick reminder that the Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting webcast (from the USPTO) begins at 11:30, ET today! Watch here.
  • Europe and China recently stepped up their commitment to cooperating with each other as the European Patent Organization (EPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) met to discuss how to improve and align their patent systems. Read more
  • The China’s Trademark office computer system is almost completely restored after a 7 month delay. The upgrade, initially implemented in April, ran into serious technical malfunctions affecting systems supporting automated functions in the registration system.
  • inovia news: Please check out our upcoming event schedule and get in contact if you are interested in learning more about the inovia.com platform.  

As always, you can follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and LinkedIn.