Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning and Happy Friday.  As the summer continues to fly by, take some time to read the latest updates in foreign patent filing news:

  • This week marks the 223rd anniversary of the first granted US patent. Here’s to 223 more years of innovation!
  • To all of our creative readers, Denver is in need of a new name for their U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
  • In preparation for the Unified Patent Court in Europe, changes are being made to EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements.
  • Patent trolls have met their match, “Trolling Effects” aims to unite possible victims against the growing problem.

That’s all for this week! Please check back next Friday and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  As the summer is slowly winding down here in New York City, we have been busy gathering the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for your consideration.  Please check out what has been going on in the Intellectual Property world for the week of August 26th:

  • Many industry leaders including Apple, HP, and Samsung have become the three most frequent targets of patent trolls.  However, as this article explains, 63% of the suits filed targeted firms with less than $100 million in revenue. 
  •  The New York Times recently published this article, a great resource for this individuals just starting to consider patenting their invention.
  •  The first major overhaul of the New Zealand patent system in 60 years was finalized, as the Patents Bill passed its final reading by 117 votes to 4 in Parliament on Wednesday.
  •  Although many argue that patent trolls are to blame for the increase in patent legislation over the last few years, Non-practicing entities account for only 20% of patent litigation according to this report.
  • In other country specific news, China is expected to increase damages for trademark infringement to about half a million dollars.

Thanks for reading this week! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more information relating to patent news. 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone!  A brutal heat wave has hit New York City this week and we hope you are faring better in your neck of the woods.  Take a look at the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the week of July 15th:

  • WIPO is set to open five new external offices in China, Russia, the United States, and Africa over the next two years.
  • In order to eliminate unnecessary and frivolous law suits, stricter measures are being taken with non practicing entities.
  • What are your thoughts on patenting computer software?  The decision has been made in Asia, although the details remain vague.
  • inovia news: Check out our latest article, “Monitoring Patent Costs: Translations”. 

Have a wonderful weekend! Please follow us on Twitter for more information regarding foreign filing @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello again friends and colleagues! The first heat wave of the year has hit New York City, meaning summer isn’t far behind.  Here are some of the top headlines in foreign patent filing news rounding out the last week in May. 

  • The setting of annuity fees stands in the way of a unitary European patent.
  • WIPO released a report that patent applications filed under the PCT increased by 6.6% in 2012.
  • The results of the European Inventor Award 2013 were announced this week. Congratulations to all of the winners!
  • Vermont passed a unique bill targeting patent trolls that will take effect on July 1.

That’s all for this Friday!  Have a great weekend and check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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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!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone!  With summer finally in full swing here in Manhattan, we are pleased to bring you the latest updates in foreign filing and patenting news.  Please take a look at what has been going on in the IP world since last week:

  • Six new languages were added to Patent Translate, a free machine translation service provided by the EPO.  The new additions include Bulgarian, Czech, Icelandic, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovenian, rounding the list at a total of 21 languages offered thus far.
  • China is expected to double fines for infringement, a move that looks to protect exclusive trademark rights.
  • The USPTO is on track to issue a record number of patents in 2013, close to a 5% increase from 2012.
  • What are your thoughts on President Obama’s intervention on patent trolls?

Have a great weekend everyone! Be sure to check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday!  As fall rolls in and the days become chillier here in New York City, we have gathered the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news below:

  • Currently, the two most popular venues for filing patent lawsuits are in the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas.  These districts account for 45% of total patent lawsuits, as many believe their procedures are more favorable to plaintiffs.
  • Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning recently called out letters sent by a law firm to businesses in his state as deceptive, unfair and coercive.  He has since declared war on patent trolls and publicly stated that “we will not be deterred from protecting Nebraska consumers and businesses by the bully tactics of patent trolling law firms or their clients.”
  • As economies in countries like Brazil, Russia, India, and China boom, this article looks at how these BRIC countries will have a heavier influence over the patent processes in the United States and Europe. 
  • WIPO recently added China’s patent collection to PATENTSCOPE, increasing the database to 34 national and regional patent collections.

Have a great weekend and please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.

US House of Representatives Passes Innovation Act

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On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives took a further step towards patent reform by passing the Innovation Act by a 325-91 vote. Designed to improve the US patent landscape, the Innovation Act contains several measures designed to discourage abusive tactics favored by non-practicing entities (aka patent trolls). A few of the notable provisions are:

  • Fee shifting: The loser of a patent infringement suit is now responsible for the legal fees of the prevailing party unless the loser can show that the grounds for suit were reasonable. This would discourage patent trolls from initiating suits premised on shaky grounds.
  • Increased transparency: The Innovation Act now requires the party bringing a patent suit to identify the patent holder and provide greater details as to how the patent is allegedly infringed.
  • Greater protection for end-users against suit: A common tactic for patent trolls is to go after the consumer. For example, the owner of a patent with broad claims for wi-fi services can go after a coffee shop who provides free internet for their clientele via a wireless router. Often times, the alleged infringer will pay a settlement rather than risk lengthy and expensive litigation. The Innovation Act contains a customer-suit exception to counteract this. Under this provision, the maker of that router, most likely a large corporation better suited and funded to combat the troll, can step in via a separate action. During that time, the first suit against the little guy will be stayed.

Chief-sponsor of the Innovation Act, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said of the bill:

In recent years, we have seen an exponential increase in the use of weak or poorly-granted patents by so-called patent trolls to file numerous patent infringement lawsuits against American businesses with the hopes of securing a quick payday. Everyone from independent inventors, to start-ups, to mid and large sized businesses face this constant threat.
The enactment of the Innovation Act is something I consider central to U.S. competiveness, job creation, and our nation’s future economic security. The bipartisan legislation takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation. I am encouraged by the overwhelming support the Innovation Act received in the House and I look forward to working with the Senate to see that patent litigation reform legislation is signed into law.
 

So will the Innovation Act help curb patent abuse in the US? That remains to be seen.

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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Foreign Filing Roundup

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Good morning! To wrap up the week, we have gathered the latest updates in foreign patent filing news:

  • Two upcoming Supreme Court decisions could mean trouble for patent trolls, potentially making it much more expensive to file frivolous suits.
  • Cadbury recently lost a five year battle to register a distinctive shade of purple as a trademark.
  • The USPTO will host its next public Software Partnership Meeting on December 5th in Alexandria, VA. These meetings are an opportunity to bring shareholders together to share ideas and experiences relating to the software community.
  • The EPO recently signed an agreement with the Republic of San Marino on national patent searches.

Have a great weekend. Please be sure to check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP!