Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday afternoon.  We have been busy gathering the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the first week of October 2013. Read below!

  • In light of the current government shutdown, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open. They are operating on prior year reserve fee collections to operate as normal for around four weeks.
  • As this article explains, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted to investigate “approximately 25 companies that are in the business of buying and asserting patents” (patent trolls).
  • Patent giant Apple recently ended Coca-Cola’s 13-year run as the world’s most valuable brand.
  • A study released by the EPO shows that one in three jobs in Europe is generated by IPR-intensive industries.

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