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inovia Travels: PCT Learning Center

Posted by Liz Curtin

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

This week, inovia traveled to Houston, TX for two seminars presented by the PCT Learning Center.  This organization gives patent professionals the tools and information to more proficiently navigate the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).  The seminars we attended this week, “PCT Boot Camp” and “Advanced PCT Seminar ” educated those who are just getting started with using the PCT to those who are experts in the field.

The first day, “PCT Boot Camp”, was a shorter course designed for patent professionals to get a more basic understanding of various PCT processes.  The course was also beneficial to those individuals who wanted to refresh their skills.  This event touched on the entire process of the PCT from filing the international application, to amendments under the PCT, and finally entering the national stage.  This presentation also went into greater detail regarding PCT terminology and how to properly fill out forms (both on paper and electronically).  This event was in preparation for the much more detailed presentation given on Day Two. 

Carol Bidwell, US Consultant to WIPO on PCT matters and Gary Smith, Managing Director of the PCT Learning Center, spoke yesterday at the “Advanced PCT Seminar”.  This course was geared more towards professionals who already have a solid understanding of the PCT process.  This longer, more in-depth seminar focused on advanced topics including future developments and recent changes relating to the American Invents Act (AIA).  We highly recommend this course for those individuals looking to understand what is in store for the future of the PCT and see what changes are currently being implemented to improve the organization as a whole. 

Do you have any questions or comments?  Were you at either of these events?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  Also, for more information relating to the PCT Learning Center, please visit their website here.  Their next event will be held on May 6, 2014 in Seattle, WA.  We will also be in attendance, feel free to contact us here if you’d like to get in touch!

inovia to sponsor the 2014 IP SpringPosium

Posted by Lu Enstad

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

We are very excited to sponsor the 2014 Intellectual Property SpringPosium, held by the Atlanta Bar Association. Running April 11th-12th in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the CLE conference boasts a packed agenda with topics ranging from “Evolving IP Challenges Confronting R&D Companies” to “Patent and Trademark Law Updates.” For more information, visit the event website


Schedule a meeting with us!
Chris Karel will be representing inovia at this year’s IP SpringPosium. He is a Director of Business Development at the company and has served the foreign filing needs of his clients for over 7 years. To get in touch with Chris, email him at chris.karel@inovia.com.

If you or your colleagues are attending any upcoming IP conferences, we’d love to hear from you! Chances are, someone from inovia will be there as well. Check out our events page to see where we’re headed next.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 @ 01:35 PM

Good afternoon.  Let’s get right to it, please see below for the most interesting IP highlights from the week of March 24th:

  • This article discusses three ways in which Congress can end the billions of dollars wasted each year by patent trolls.
  • These new internet domain names are raising the same old trademark issues.
  • A dedicated training center for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) opened in Budapest recently.
  • We will be attending many IP events throughout the upcoming year. Check out the list here and please get in contact if you’ll also be in attendance! 

Have a great weekend.  Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates.

inovia Travels: Nordic IPR Forum

Posted by Liz Curtin

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

The next event on our calender is the 11th Annual Nordic IPR forum in Stockholm, Sweden on March 25-27th. This is the longest running conference in the region and one of the premier IP events in Scandanavia. Two representatives from inovia will be attending, Candida Jaco and Pierina Sanna, and we are excited to be exhibiting alongside RWS Group and Minesoft. 

Nordic IPR is an ideal conference to share practical and innovative advice amongst peers, as all sponsors and exhibitors are leaders in the IP world.  Those in attendance are encouraged to share challenges facing their companies and identify solutions together.  The main goal is to promote innovative formats such as “demo drive” and “speed networking” to break the ice and meet new people, in order to get the most out of the conference as possible.

Throughout the past 10 years, this forum has brought together over 800 heads of IP, patents, and trademarks from more than 350 European companies and firms.  We are thrilled to be a part of one of the largest gatherings of IP professionals this year. 

If you’ll be in attendance tomorrow, please contact us here.  We would love to hear from you! Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for updates throughout the day.

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

Happy second day of spring, readers! Let’s dive right in, please see below for the latest in foreign filing news:

  • Your “March Madness” festivities might be infringing on a protected trademark.  The NCAA has a strict “trademark protection program” outlined on their website to protect the brand from becoming too generic.
  • This ambitious plan by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) looks to cut patent examinations lengths in half. This would reduce the average length of an examination from around 2 1/2 years to 14 months by 2023.
  • This newly introduced bill looks to end USPTO fee diversion, by placing fees in a separate fund to prevent them from being raided for other purposes.
  • With 2,309 filings under the PCT, ZTE was ranked No. 2 in WIPO’s number of patent applications in 2013, behind Panasonic Corporation at No. 1.

Enjoy this first weekend of spring!  I’ll see you back here next week with more Intellectual Property updates. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

Rise in Global Patent Filings Supports Case for IP Outsourcing

Posted by Liz Curtin

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

The results of WIPO’s 2013 Intellectual Property Indicators Report were recently released, showing a tremendous rate of growth in the number of global patent filings over 2012.  According to World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry, “Intellectual property, in general, is in a growth mode, and in a growth mode which is considerably in excess of either the national GDP growth rates or the world GDP growth rates.”  The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings increased by over 5% in the last year, and for the first time in history, over 200,000 patent applications were filed in one year, supporting Gurry’s statements about growth.

The two driving forces in this enormous increase were the United States and China, as they accounted for over 80% of the overall growth.  Asian countries were also significant drivers – as China’s filings increased by over 16% and South Korea by 14%.  This was primarily due to the Electronic and Digital communications sectors. Europe saw steady growth with the Netherlands (+17%) and Denmark (+8%) leading the charge.  Europe also had the most applications per million inhabitants, reflecting their technological strength as a region.

WIPO’s Chief Economist Carsten Fink said that environmental technology patents were on the rise, including fuel cells and engines.  This significant increase in patent filings by the automotive industry almost doubled in the last 3 years.  As foreign patent filing continues to grow, companies and law firms must outsource various IP services in order to leverage buying power, gain efficiencies, and ensure full protection as they scale to new markets. 

For more information about foreign patent filings and intellectual property, follow us at inoviaIP.  Also, for the full 2013 World Intellectual Property Indicator, click here.


Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

Posted by Liz Curtin

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 @ 01:01 PM

The first traces of spring were felt this week in NYC.  Let’s hope more warm weather is to follow shortly! Please read on for your weekly foreign filing update:

  • The European Patent Organization (EPO) put together a list of highlights from 2013, including their 40th anniversary and progress on the unitary patent. 
  • WIPO had a record year in 2013, as the PCT experienced a growth rate of over 5% and for the first time more than 200,000 patent applications were filed in one year. 
  • According to the annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report, China replaced Germany as the third largest country in patent filings.
  • Patent filings at the EPO grew in 2013 to over 2.8% over the previous year. As EPO President Benoit Battistelli states, “Demand for patent prosectuion in Europe is up for the fourth consecutive year.”  

Follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates relating to Intellectual Property and foreign patent filing. Have a fantastic weekend!

The Redesigned inovia.com is Here!

Posted by Liz Curtin

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

We are excited to announce the release of the redesigned inovia.com platform! The entire inovia team has been hard at work on the new site and we are thrilled with the results. The updated website boasts improved functionality, targeting user experience and enhancing our existing technology. As Nazgul Kemelbeck, Product Marketing Manager at inovia remarked, “inovia has ambitious goals for future growth and expansion, but we understand that we can’t do it without providing the best possible services to our clients.  Launching the new inovia.com and updated filing platform is just one of many steps we are taking to improve the user experience, while providing clients greater access to inovia personnel.”

With pressure on IP budgets mounting, law firms and companies are looking to outsource portions of the foreign patent filing process and are turning to service providers like inovia.  The improved functionality of inovia.com addresses these cost concerns.  Resources and guides provided on the site contain educational content for patent applicants looking to file internationally.

We are thrilled to launch our new site and invite you to explore and let us know in the comments what you think of the platform! 

Results of MIP’s 2014 Patent Survey

Posted by Liz Curtin

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

Managing Intellectual Property magazine recently published the results of its 2014 “Patent Survey”, which ranks the top firms for prosecution and contentious work in more than 70 countries.  As a testament to the quality of our agent network, inovia’s agents in 39 countries were listed in the ranking (many for consecutive years), with agents in 18 countries achieving the highest possible “tier 1” rank. 

“We want to congratulate all of the inovia agents who ranked so highly in this year’s Managing IP survey”, commented our founder, Justin Simpson.  “One of the main reasons inovia has become the leader in this field in the last 12 years has been the quality of its agents. When clients trust inovia with their foreign filings, they are also trusting the foreign patent firms we’ve selected.  We are still seeing the majority of our clients take advantage of the cost savings by using an inovia agent for their foreign filing needs.”

Continue reading Results of MIP’s 2014 Patent Survey

Global IP Outsourcing & AUTM 2014 Conferences Prove Valuable

Posted by Susanne Kennedy

The Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) industry is growing rapidly. Last week, Susanne Kennedy and Chris Karel attended the Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers (GOAL) conference in San Francisco. One of the sessions, “Debunking Perceived Obstacles in Off-Shore IP Resources”, dealt with common misconceptions involving outsourced legal support services. During the session, Gregory Wilkinson from ACT1 Group brought up the importance of creating a good partnership with LPO’s and explained how companies should invest as much time finding the right LPO as they do in choosing outside counsel.

Asking the outsourcing companies for references can be a good solution when choosing between the many options on the market today. Another important topic discussed was how LPO’s handle confidential documents. Setting up a conference would be a good first step when evaluating the different LPO’s and finding one that fits your needs.

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) annual meeting was also held in San Francisco last week. Susanne and Chris joined more than 2000 attendees from universities and research companies worldwide to network, learn, and trade best practices. Many stopped by the inovia booth to learn more about how tech transfer offices benefit from working with a foreign filing provider.  The AUTM conference is always a great opportunity to network with various academic institutions all at the same time. 

For more information on upcoming inovia events, visit our events page. Did you attend either conference?  Let us know what you found valuable in the comment section below.

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