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Morocco Recognizes European Patents as National Patents

Posted by Liz Curtin

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

Users of the European patent system will soon be able to validate their applications and EPO granted patents outside the European Patent Organization. Morocco will become the first non-member country of the EPO to validate the legal effects of a European patent on its territory, beginning March 1, 2015. 

According to EPO President Battistelli, “This is a historic step for the European patent system, and it brings to 41 the number of countries for which patent protection can be obtained simultaneously with a single European patent application.”

Starting March 1, 2015, those individuals and companies filing a European patent application will be able to request validation for Morocco against the payment of a fee. European applications will have the same legal effects there as Moroccan ones and will be subjected to Moroccan patent law.

President Battistelli went on to say, “Morocco’s strategic vision with regard to building up a national patent system that is firmly anchored in the international system.” This will surely strengthen the economic benefits of the Moroccan patent system and increase the attractiveness for foreign companies and individuals to invest in the territory. 

Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

Good morning, roundup readers. We have had a busy week here at inovia and compiled the latest headlines in foreign patent filing for your consideration. Please read on for the latest news:

  • The European Patent Office (EPO) released initial predictions of patent filing numbers from 2014. Last year, they received over 273,000 filings, an increase of 3% from 2013.
  • More news out of the EPO: Morocco became the first non-member country of the European Patent Organization to validate the legal effects of a European patent in its territory, setting the stage for other territories to do the same.
  • Yesterday, Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with Michelle Lee, the current Deputy Director for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee on patent trolls (a term she isn’t fond of): “I’ve seen the effects of patents that should have not have issued, or that have issued with a scope that is too broad. There is also a cost associated with that as well. On average, a start-up may get between $10 to $15 million to last over a number of years, and there are statistics that indicate that patent litigation can cost well over $1 million. So you can see if there is abusive litigation or a patent that should not have issued, there is a cost to our businesses.” Read more of Michelle Lee’s comment from this presentation here.
  • inovia news: Yesterday, we released a Press Release, “Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for inovia Clients in 2014”. Check out the entire release now.

Have a great weekend, see you back here next week!  

Record Patent Filings Reported at the EPO

Posted by Liz Curtin

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

The European Patent Office (EPO) received over 273,000 patent filings last year, an increase of 3% from 2013, and the highest recorded numbers in the organizations history. Please note that these are still rough figures, as the final report will be published on both individual countries and industry sectors on February 26, 2015.

Preliminary figures show that patent filing growth was seen from numerous countries including the United States of America (up 6.7%), China (up 16.8%), South Korea (up 1.4%), while a slight drop was seen from Japan (down 3.8%).

EPO President Benoit Battistelli explained on the initial numbers, “These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe’s continued strength as a hub of innovation. Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak.”

We, for one, are looking forward to the final report, and will be sure to share the results once published in late February. As always, feel free to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP or on our LinkedIn page

Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

Good morning, I hope everyone is having a great Friday and ready for the long weekend! Please read on for the latest headlines in foreign patent filing from the week of January 12th:

  • For the 22nd year in a row, IBM received the most U.S. patents awarded in 2014 – 7,534 to be exact. This was the first year a company surpassed 7,000 patents in a single year!
  • Since 2008, statistics provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) show that patents granted in gas and oil sectors have grown by double digit rates.
  • France’s IP office recently rejected 50 trademark applications for “Je suis Charlie” since the terrorist attacks on January 7th. 
  • The Patent Prosecution Highway pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office came into effect on January 6, 2015. 

That’s all for this week! Follow us on Twitter now for continuous Intellectual Property updates. 

Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Good morning. I hope everyone is having a productive and restful start to the New Year. Let’s get right down to it, read below for the latest headlines in foreign filing news:

  • In case you missed it: inovia released their 2014 Year in Review! Last year, we launched a new website, became the #1 filer of PCT applications in the world and expanded our agent network. Click here to read this, as well as the top PCT national stage filing destinations for our clients.
  • IP Watchdog also released a year end article, this time inviting industry leaders to make patent and intellectual property wishes for 2015. Read more here.
  • If you file trademarks electronically, it’s about to get a lot less expensive. The USPTO recently announced a reduction in fees beginning January 17, 2015.
  •  Fun patent of the day: Apple recently patented a phone where bending is a feature and not a flaw. Interesting!

Check back next week for more updates. Also, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and LinkedIn to stay in touch. 

Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for 2014

Posted by Liz Curtin

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

2014 brought exciting changes to inovia. We expanded our global reach, improved existing technology and finally became #1 in the world. Read on for inovia’s 2014 year in review:

This year, inovia finally overtook the title of the #1 filer of PCT applications in the world while maintaining the #1 spot in the United States for the 4th consecutive year (according to Managing Intellectual Property magazine). In addition, our agent reach expanded as clients were able to file into 134 countries (68% of the world!)

In March, the inovia team announced the expansive redesign of the inovia.com platform. With our new layout, we enhanced existing technology and offered clients an even more powerful and comprehensive global instruction tool. These changes ensured that our foreign filing platform, inovia.com, was well placed to handle the volume of cases and foreign filing strategies of our clients.

With 2015 only days away, it’s time to look at the top national stage filing destinations for our clients from the past year:

1. China (12.5%)
2. Japan (8%)
3. Canada (7.5%)
4. Brazil (7.1%)
5. United States Of America (7%)
6. Australia (6.1%)
7. Europe (5.9%)
8. India (5.8%)
9. South Korea (4.7%)
10. Mexico (4.3%)

Continue reading Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for 2014

IP5 Release their Annual Statistics Report

Posted by Liz Curtin

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Good afternoon. The world’s five largest patent offices, also known as the IP5, recently released their annual Statistics Report. The Report analyzes and overviews the operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while also providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow and comparing procedures. The members of the IP5 is comprised of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO). 

A brief summary of the 2013 Report: The IP5 granted almost 957,000 patents (an increase of 4% from the previous year), while 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the IP5 Offices (an increase of 11% from 2012). This Report provides data for the historical numbers of patent applications going back to the 1980s. Originally, this Statistics Report was released in 1983 as a project between the USPTO, EPO, and JPO. The 2011 Report was the first time SIPO was included, with all 5 Offices have participated ever since. 

The IP5 initially met in 2007 and now handle almost 90% of the world’s patent applications. Since then, they have aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of the examination process and learned how to better share information and technology between Offices. 

The complete report is available here to download. For inovia’s 2014 Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator, please click here. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for foreign patent filing updates. See you back here tomorrow! 

Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 @ 01:28 PM

Good afternoon. An exciting week of patent news has come and gone. Read on for more information:

  • Michelle Lee is waiting on the Senate to quickly approve her nomination as director of the USPTO. However, Republicans will not allow a vote on the nomination until the next Congress session begins in January.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Israel Patent Office (IPO) recently agreed to a patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot that will allow applicants to request accelerated examinations of a patent at either office. 
  • The EPO and United Nations Environmental Programme recently did a study which concluded that Latin America and the Caribbean have untapped renewable energy potential. Read more here.
  • inovia news: Please read up on our upcoming events and get in contact with the nearest inovia office to set up a meeting today.

Stay warm out there and check back next week for more foreign filing news. Also, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

WIPO’s December PCT Newsletter Recap

Posted by Liz Curtin

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

 Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO’s December PCT newsletter, an invaluable resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay up to date with changes made to the PCT system. Please see below for the recap from this month: 

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

The Indian Patent Office and the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) recently notified the International Bureau that they will receive and process international applications in electronic form starting November 15, 2014 and January 1, 2015 respectively. Since May 2013, over 2,200 international applications have been filed using the e-PCT filing method. Currently, 12 receiving Offices accept electronic filings, with more Offices to join in 2015.

Modifications to Demand Form and Other PCT Forms

Several PCT forms will be modified starting January 1, 2015, relating to International Searching Authority, the Authority specified for supplementary search and the International Preliminary Examining Authority. All modified forms are listed here.

Non-Working Days at the International Bureau at the End of the Year; Changes to Publication Schedule

Non-working days at the International Bureau:

Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 December 2014 and Thursday and Friday 1 and 2 January 25 2015

The IB will be open for business on:

Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 December 2014 and Monday to Wednesday, 29 to 31 December 2014

PCT Information Update

CY Cyprus (location and mailing address; fees)

The location and mailing address of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of Cyprus has changes, as follows:

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Corner Makarios Ave. and Karpenssiou St. 

1427 Nicosia


IB International Bureau (fees)

Starting January 1, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts in EUR and USD of the transmittal fee and a change in the equivalent amount in USD of the fee for the priority document, payable to the International Bureau as receiving Office, as follows:

  • Transmittal fee: EUR 82, USD 104
  • Fee for priority document: USD 52
  • Supplement for airmail: USD 10

IL Israel (national security provisions)

The Israel Patent Office has provided additional details to the IB concerning restrictions in its national legislation which are applicable when filing international applications with other Offices. 

IN India (electronic filing; fees)

For information on the acceptance by the Indian Patent Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that are now applicable above. 

Please check back next month for more PCT updates! 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 @ 01:25 PM

Good morning and Happy Friday! Here is the roundup of the latest news in foreign patent filing for the week of December 1st:

  • Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee recently posted a blog article discussing changes to the USPTO satellite offices. 
  • The EPO signed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program with the Israel Patent Office to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications. 
  • An innovation that comes right in time for the holiday season! This fitting room turns into an interactive screen with a touch of a button. Genius!
  • This blog article looks at how billable hours curb innovation and drive up costs, while increasing inefficiencies and the overworking of staff.

Check back next week for more headlines. Have a great weekend, and as always check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP!

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