International IP

USPTO Forum on the PLTIA

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that they will hold a public forum to discuss implementation of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (“PLTIA”). The law, which serves as the implementing legislation for the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of...

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Proposed Rules Implementing PLTIA

USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Rules to Implement Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 New law allows applicants to file a single international design application to acquire global protection Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a proposal to amend the rules of practice in patent cases ...

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Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington – Last week, a coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – announced the release of the 2012 IP5 Statistics Report. The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow, and comparing procedures. The IP5 is comprised of the...

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US and Korea Launch CPC Pilot

 WASHINGTON DC June 5, 2013— The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the launch of a new pilot in which KIPO will classify some of its patent documents using the Cooperative Patent Classification system (CPC), a new classification system jointly managed by the USPTO and the European...

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Japanese-English Machine Translation

Munich/Tokyo, 5 June 2013 – In another significant move to break down the language barriers to technological information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today announced the launch of the Japanese-English component of the EPO’s automatic translation service Patent Translate. This means more than a million Japanese patent documents available via the...

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Economic Effect of U.S.-EU Agreement; USITC Seeks Input

   Washington DC April 18, 2013.  The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for newly initiated investigations into the probable economic effect of duty-free imports under a U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement. The investigations, U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of...

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Seventh Global Congress on Counterfeiting and Piracy

Istanbul, April 24, 2013.  Senior decision-makers from governments, law enforcement, Customs and the private sector gather in Istanbul, Turkey, for the Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, to seek innovative responses to the illicit trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. Over 850 delegates from more than 100 countries are attending the three-day meeting from 24 to 26...

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WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE Tops 28 Million

Geneva, April 12, 2013. The addition, this month, of over ten million documents from the national patent collection of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), dating from 1790 to the present day, has expanded WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE to over 28 million searchable patent documents. The PATENTSCOPE search service is a valuable technical resource that provides access to information about...

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WIPO Sees “Strong Growth”

Geneva, March 19, 2013.  International filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs under WIPO-administered intellectual property (IP) systems saw continued strong growth in 2012.  In 2012, international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty(PCT) grew by 6.6% on 2011. Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 48.8% of the 194,400 PCT...

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Improving the European Patent System

Munich, Germany, 13 March 2013 – The EPO’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) has drawn up recommendations for improving the patent system, based on the main findings from the Board’s 2012 activities as set out in a statement. Along with this statement, the ESAB is also publishing the reports of three workshops conducted in 2012, on patent quality, the role of fees,...

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