On February 15, a patent prosecution highway pilot program launched between the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). The new program allows applicants (from both countries) the opportunity to fast-track examination of their application if the invention is deemed patentable by either patent office. This PCT-PPH with the EAPO marks the 25th IP jurisdiction to form a partnership with Japan.
Hi everyone! Take a look at the foreign filing/patenting news for the week of May 21st:
- Attention all New Hampshirites! The USPTO has opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Concord offering free resources to better serve the IP needs of the state.
- A great article from CFO.com discusses the importance of properly evaluating a company’s IP; more companies are now being valued in terms of their intangible assets, namely, their patent portfolio.
- Singapore is restructuring its patent system in order to create an increased presence in Asia’s growing intellectual property space.
- With only a few weeks left until the country becomes a provider of ISR’s and IPER’s, the Israeli Patent Office is prepping new examiners to work under the official standards of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
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