Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone and Happy Friday! We invite you to take a look at the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the week of April 15, 2013:

  • Spain and Italy unsuccessfully challenged plans that will allow businesses across the EU to obtain patent protection through a single application.
  • Should the government allow patents for human genes? The Supreme Court listened this week to arguments on the contested issue.
  • A recent article from IPWatchdog discusses how innovation relates to the patent system.
  • World IP Day 2013 is only a week away! How will you celebrate the spirit of this years theme, Creativity: The Next Generation?

That’s all for this week folks! Have a great weekend and be sure to check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Design Protection Goes Global: The Hague Agreement Will Change Industrial Design Strategies

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Guest post by John Nemazi, Co-chair of Brooks Kushman‘s patent prosecution group:

On February, 13, 2015, the U.S. took a major step towards implementing the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs by depositing an instrument of ratification with World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). As a result, the treaty – which the U.S. initially signed in 1999 – will go into effect for U.S. applicants on May 13, 2015. 

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