Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everybody! Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent-related news for the week of June 11th:

  • EPO President Benoît Battistelli is calling for a stronger framework of IP rights for inventors, including “a cost-effective and legally safe patent system.”
  • David Kappos of the USPTO recently listed 12 reasons why his office is moving to Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), a joint initiative shared with the European Patent Office.
  • After more than 5 years of implementation, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have agreed that July 1st, 2012 will be the official start of the PCT Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program between the two countries. 
  • The U.K. and the U.S. are joining forces to enhance the international patent filing system, beginning with improvements to the UKIPO’s Fast Track System, to create a more flexible and efficient PCT process for patent applicants.
  • And the winners of the EPO’s European Inventors Award 2012 are…Congratulations to all!

inovia has an abundance of resources relating to PCT national phase entry and European validation. Contact one of our offices today for more information!

China Now Fast-Tracking Green Patents

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Last month, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China released its Administrative Measures on Prioritized Examination of Patent Applications, which now allows for the accelerated processing of “green” patents. China is now among several other major filing destinations who award prioritized examination for various inventions related to green development, energy conservation, information technology, and other country-specific innovations that “benefit the public interest.”

In May of 2009, the UK became the first PCT country to create a system for fast-tracking patents that fall into the “green” category. In order for an applicant to enter what is called the “Green Channel”, they simply must request the accelerated examination of their patent in writing. Neither WIPO nor the UK Intellectual Property Office have established a formal definition of the terms, and thus, applications are qualified on a case-by-case basis. 

China has implemented a similar fast-track process, although the rules for requesting preferential treatment are firmer. In addition to submitting a request for expedited processing, the patent applicant must also file a patent search report and an “Application for Prioritised Examination,”  which is said to differ from one SIPO branch to another. After this is completed and the patent has been granted, the applicant must respond within two months of the first office action in order to maintain priority status. If the applicant corresponds with the local patent office efficiently, the entire process can be finished in a year’s time. 

This article from Managing Intellectual Property magazine examines how China’s fast track procedure for green patents differs from those of other countries.

Though more international jurisdictions are beginning to give priority to environmentally-friendly and technology-advancing patents, granting IP protection in these categories can still be a slow process. Companies and patent seekers are urged to be proactive and have a strategy in place before filing. The PCT is a safe mechanism for entering the international market, but it is important to remember that time is of the essence.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hey everyone! Here’s what we found in the way of foreign filing/patenting news for the week of July 23rd:

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Happy Friday everyone! Take a look at the foreign filing/patent news from the week of April 16th:

  • The EPO recently published its first “Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO” which will serve as a preferred practices guide for patentees and companies in order to strengthen communications between parties.
  • Interesting read on the high cost of patenting and how it relates to the small business owner: “Why Startups Should Pay Attention to Skyrocketing Patent Prices” via TechCrunch.
  •  A recent report released by the USPTO shows that the joint efforts of the UKIPO and USPTO in the last year have contributed to reduced backlog and a more efficient patent examination process.
  • The “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” introduced by Twitter earlier this week has sparked a great deal of controversy in the intellectual property community.
  • inovia news: Next week, inovia will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary! Stay tuned for a press release to come.

If you are a startup or independent inventor, inovia has plenty of free educational resources available on the foreign patent filing process. For a personalized consultation about your patent application, feel free to contact our Senior Patent Attorney, Jeff Shieh.