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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

We hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day last week. I’ve been busy gathering the latest headlines in IP news, please read below for all updates:

  • The Beastie Boys have been busy fighting against Monster Energy Drink in a New York courthouse over copyright infringement and song licensing. 
  • The Madrid Yearly Review was published by WIPO, showing the membership of the Madrid System growing to a total of 92 jurisdictions.  Read the entire report here
  •  This week in innovation, Google has done it again! Their new car can detect objects up to 200 yards away and doesn’t have a steering wheel, gas pedals, or brakes. 
  • You only have 10 days left to vote for your favorite inventor to take the popular prize at the European Inventor Awards! 

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

Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

Posted by Liz Curtin

Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Good afternoon, readers. Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to find the most important updates facing the international patent system:

Electronic Filing & Processing of International Applications
• The total number of receiving Offices which accept ePCT-Filings is now five, with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office joining the list.
• It is important to note that ePCT-Filing can be accessed only via a ePCT private services, which requires the creation of a WIPO user account authenticated with a digital certificate.
European Patent Office: Launching a new feature for eOLF users
• The EPO notified the International Bureau (IB) that on April 22, 2014 it launched a new feature of the EPO Online Filing software (eOLF).
• Further information is available on the EPO’s website here.

Continue reading Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

Good morning, readers. Memorial Day always marks the unofficial beginning of summer here in New York and we couldn’t be happier to put the long, cold, and snowy winter behind us.  Please take a look at the latest updates in foreign patent filing for the week of May 19th:

  • In recent patent troll news, legislation protecting companies against non-practicing entities was killed on Wednesday in the Senate. 
  • In a surprising turn of events, Apple and Samsung are giving truce talks another shot in an effort to settle their legal differences outside of the courtroom.
  • South Korea will now participate in donating funds to protect intellectual property. Korea will participate in funding many of the leading projects that are undertaken by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • inovia news: The inovia team got back from Hong Kong last week from INTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting. Read more about the trip here.  

Have a great weekend! Meet us back here next week for more updates.  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP. 

inovia Travels: The 2014 INTA Annual Meeting

Posted by Liz Curtin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

 This past week a group of our inovia colleagues made the long journey to Hong Kong for the 2014 INTA Annual Meeting.  It was well worth the travel and one of the most successful INTA Meetings to date!

inovia has officially become an INTA veteran, exhibiting and attending for several years now. It’s always great to catch up with our clients and friends – both old and new. 

Many of our client’s foreign agents came by our Booth during the conference and it was great to see everyone.  After the trade show ended, it was nice to mingle and attend various networking events.  Our European colleagues attended a great dinner that Clarke Modet & Co hosted in Portugal, the Mexican firm Dumont Bergan Bider had a party at Mario Batali’s restaurant Isola Bar & Grill; while Borden Ladner & Gervais had a great cocktail reception at Aqua Spirit. Thanks to all for their hospitality! 

With what very little down time we had, it was nice to explore the very beautiful (and rainy!) city of Hong Kong.  We’ve gathered some pictures that highlight our trip:

Continue reading inovia Travels: The 2014 INTA Annual Meeting

Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

Good morning, please check out the latest headlines in foreign filing news for the week of May 12th:

  • It was a record year for patent trolls (or NPEs) as a record 6,092 new patent cases were filed in U.S. District Courts. Apple was the number 1 target of patent lawsuits this past year, and the most active troll was Melvino Technologies with 137 cases.  Check out this interesting read here.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), recently proposed the reduction of fees for trademark applications and renewals.
  • EPO President Benoit Battistelli and President of the Turkish Patent Institute, Dr. Habip Asan, opened a conference to boost cooperation on innovation in Istanbul.
  • The US government is coming under pressure from lawmakers to act against India at the World Trade Organization for violations of patent rules.

Have a great weekend. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates relating to IP and foreign filing! 

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Good afternoon!  I think it’s safe to say that winter is officially behind us and we couldn’t be happier at the inovia headquarters.  Check out the latest foreign filing updates we have been collecting from the past week:

  •  A unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court now makes it easier to win patent litigation legal fees. 
  • Now that’s something you don’t see every day! In a surprising twist, a shoe maker sues a patent troll.
  • China’s new trademark law came into effect yesterday, strengthening the legal protection of trademarks and intellectual property.
  • ZTE, a leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer, aims to increase its presence in international markets through increasing its number of patents.

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

inovia Travels: Seattle PCT Seminar

Posted by Lu Enstad

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Next week, I’ll have the pleasure of attending my first PCT seminar in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the PCT Learning Center, the “Advanced Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar” will feature topics including:

  • Latest updates to the PCT system
  • AIA and PLTIA related changes
  • Information on the new Global PPH (GPPH)
  • Specific module of PCT aspects of the Paris Convention
  • And more..

This event has been approved for 5.5 hours of Washington State MCLE and will attract attendees ranging from small and large IP firms to Fortune 500 companies. Registrants can expect comprehensive sessions held by intellectual property experts.

If you or your colleagues will be in the Seattle area on May 6th, consider attending the PCT seminar, tailored to U.S. practice. inovia clients and friends can receive a $50 discount for the program; contact us to learn more.

Meet us in Hong Kong!

Posted by Liz Curtin

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

We are excited to announce that inovia will be sending six attendees to Hong Kong for the 136th Annual INTA Meeting this May! This is one of the premier international trademark and intellectual property events of the season, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the thousands of legal professionals heading to Asia.

If you or your team will be attending, please stop by Booth #115 where we will be exhibiting alongside RWS Group. You will be able to meet our fabulous team and pick up a copy of our popular PCT national stage entry guide.

Feel free to contact the below individuals to schedule a meeting:

David Nelson, CEO – Sydney, Australia
Kiki Tanousis, Director of Business Strategy – Melbourne, Australia
Nicole Ripatti, Director of Business Development – New York, USA
Candida Jaco, Director of Business Development – London, UK
Pierina Sanna, Director of Business Development – Munich, Germany
Wolfgang Danner, Senior Director of Business Development – Munich, Germany

We hope to see you in Hong Kong! For minute to minute coverage of the INTA Meeting, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

Posted by Liz Curtin

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from April:

Modified PCT Regulations 

During an annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 23-October 2, 2013, amendments were made to the PCT Regulations which will begin on July 1, 2014. Please find what this entails here.

PCT forms

Please note that you can now find the September 2012 version of the Demand Form (PCT/IPEA401) in Arabic.  Link here.


The PATENTSCOPE search system now includes the national patent collection of Canada, bringing the number of national or regional patent Offices involved to 37.

Continue reading Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

Sit back in the saddle and put on your spectacles… it’s round up time!

  • The US Department of Commerce’s USPTO announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC), led by Mark Powell.  Read more.
  • More news out of the USPTO: Patents for Humanity was renewed as an annual program, recognizing businesses, inventors, non-profits, and universities.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy postponed a patent reform bill, making this the fourth time the panel has delayed action on the bill.
  • Are you registering for a trademark in the near future?  We understand how costly this process can be for entrepreneurs and business owners.  Check out these three tips to maximize your savings.
  • inovia news: Please check out the list of upcoming events we have lined up.  We’ll be all over the globe this year and would love to get together.

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