Hello friends and colleagues! Take a look at the latest in foreign filing/patenting news for the week of June 17th:
- The chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission is investigating patent trolls and frivolous patent lawsuits.
- The EPO and Morocco signed an agreement in Munich on Wednesday. This cooperation agreement renewed access to the EPOQUE Net search system and training programs between the two offices.
- As this article explains, 2012 proved to be a huge year for patent infringement litigation.
- inovia news: We launched a new feature on our blog, the monthly WIPO newsletter recap.
Have a great weekend and please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!
Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their November 2013 newsletter. Please see below for the highlights from their latest edition:
- Recently, SIPO and IPOS entered an agreement to exchange patent data. Their plan aims to strengthen the ties between the two countries and create new opportunities for businesses.
- China received upwards of 256,000 invention applications from home and granted 73,000 invention applications in 2013. This shows an upward trend, with Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang rounding out the top five provinces.
- China has implemented 8 revisions to provide greater protection for well-known marks and impose penalties on infringers.
- The longest running instant food lawsuit in China ended with an agreement under which both parties must give up the rights to the disputed trademark.
- The Harbin Science and Technology Bureau recently held a patent trade fair, where contracts for 60 projects were signed, valued at $1.63 million.
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!
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a bitterly cold week here in Manhattan, so we certainly hope you’re faring better wherever you are! See below for this week’s roundup of our favorite foreign filing news:
- Facebook may have another patent lawsuit on the horizon, as more questions of intellectual property infringement arise.
- A new patent prosecution highway has launched between Denmark (DKPTO) and China (SIPO) allowing applicants the possibility to fast track examination.
- The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released a notice reminding applicants of the guidelines associated with amending a PCT application.
- China continues its crackdown on IP infringement, announcing a number of different initiatives set to take effect this year.
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Apple agreed to pay $24.9 million in restitution to Dynamic Advances and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to resolve a 5-year lawsuit accusing Siri of infringement.
Apple will pay a total of $24.9 million to Dynamic Advances’ with $5 million to be paid after the lawsuit is dropped and the rest to follow later. Apple will also be granted a license to use the technology under the terms of the agreement.
Approximately 50% of the funds will be paid to Rensselaer, however, the royalty rate proposed is still being finalized.
A trial had been scheduled to begin early next month in Syracuse, NY. Dynamic Advances first filed the lawsuit in October 2012 and is in regards to U.S. patent No. 7177798 B2.