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Happy Foreign Filing Friday, readers! I've been busy perusing the latest headlines in patent news for the week of November 10th. See below:

  • This is a quick reminder that the Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting webcast (from the USPTO) begins at 11:30, ET today! Watch here.
  • Europe and China recently stepped up their commitment to cooperating with each other as the European Patent Organization (EPO) and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) met to discuss how to improve and align their patent systems. Read more
  • The China's Trademark office computer system is almost completely restored after a 7 month delay. The upgrade, initially implemented in April, ran into serious technical malfunctions affecting systems supporting automated functions in the registration system.
  • inovia news: Please check out our upcoming event schedule and get in contact if you are interested in learning more about the inovia.com platform.  

As always, you can follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and LinkedIn.  

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Good afternoon. We've combed through WIPO's latest PCT Newsletter for November and compiled a list of this issues highlights. To download the entire PCT Newlsetter, please click here

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

  • Brazil's patent office is now receiving and processing international applications in electronic form, effective October 20, 2014.
  • The EPO began accepting international application using ePCT-Filing on November 1, 2014. This brings the total number of Offices accepting ePCT-Filings to ten, with more to be added in the near future. 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots

19 Offices have signed up to join the Global PPH pilot, with the newest additions Austria and Singapore joining on November 1, 2014. Under the pilot, Offices can request accelerated processing based on work products. 

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In honor of election day, check out the most significant voting mechanisms from the past 150 years via the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We've narrowed the list down to the top 5 most influential patents of the bunch:

#5 - Patent no. 248,130 (October 11, 1881) - This nifty gadget prevented ballot stuffing:

Voting Aparatus
#4 - Patent no. 628,905 (July 11, 1899) - Issued as a machine that pulled a curtain around the voter:

curtain machine two

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Good morning and Happy Halloween! Here are the latest updates in foreign filing news for the week of October 27th:

  • The USPTO will host the first Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on Friday, November 14th in Menlo Park, CA. The meeting will serve as a collaborative forum for stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sectors to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff.
  • We are now #1 in the world for taking PCT applications to the national phase! Download Managing IP Magazine's complete 2014 survey here.
  • Check out this interesting read about how space and satellite technology have become such an important part of digital modern life. 
  • This trick-or-treater was the toast of the town in 1968 with the invention of "inflatable fancy garments!":                                                                     Creepy IP

Have a fantastic fall weekend! As always, feel free to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for all patent updates. 

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Two prior European Inventor Award finalists recently won the 2014 Nobel Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This distinguished honor was bestowed upon Shuji Nakamura of the United States in Physics and Stefan Hell of Germany in Chemistry, European Inventor Award finalists in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The award ceremony will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10th. 

Shuji Nakamura will be recognized along with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano for their invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Nakamura was a finalist in 2007 in the "Non-European countries" category. Stefan Hell will be honored along with Eric Betzig for their development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Hell was a finalist in the "Lifetime achievement" category of the European Inventor Award in 2008. 

Launched in 2006, the European Inventor Award is presented yearly by the European Patent Office in five categories to individuals and teams whose inventions provide answers to the challenges of our times. A special congratulations to these two winners, well done! 

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Good afternoon. We want to take this opportunity to let everyone know that we will be exhibiting at the 2014 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this week. Running from October 23rd-25th, this event brings together IP and legal professionals from around the world to discuss various market changes and strategies for the upcoming year.

Exhibition hours are Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday, October 24th, 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 25th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. inovia will be at Booth #42 throughout the meeting, feel free to stop in if you're attending for live demos of the inovia.com platform and for some great giveaways. If you are interested in setting up a meeting, please contact us at newyork@inovia.com. We hope to see everyone there!

Also, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP throughout the conference for live updates.

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We are excited to announce that we have been named the #1 PCT firm in the world by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. This is our first year as #1 in the world and our 4th year as #1 in the United States. We handled 1,546 PCT applications in 2014, an increase from 2013. 

Now in its sixth year, Managing IP's list of law firms handling the most patents filed under the PCT is based on details published by WIPO. Their survey is a crucial benchmark of firms' activities in the patent market, especially as PCT applications are assuming a greater role in IP owners' strategies. The survey is an important tool for law firms seeking a reliable resource for identifying potential attorney firms around the world with whom they can exchange patent work. 

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Good morning, readers. We hope everyone had a great first week of fall 2014. Here are the latest updates in foreign patent filing news:

  • The 54th Series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO is currently taking place until September 30th.
  • There is no Oktoberfest without patents and innovation! Read on to see how this Munich festival is truly a showcase for patented technology. 
  • The USPTO and KIPO announced a major cooperation treaty this week, designed to improve that patent granting process through streamlined access to patent documentation. 
  • inovia news: WIPO's PCT September newsletter is out! We've recapped the highlights for you here

Have a great weekend and enjoy this spectacular weather! See you back here next week. 

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We've compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO's PCT newsletter, an excellent resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay on top of changes to the PCT system. Please see below for a recap of the September 2014 edition:

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

ePCT-Filing now available at Eurasian Patent Office!

The Eurasian Patent Office as receiving Office recently notified the International Bureau that it accepts international applications filed using the ePCT-Filing function in the ePCT Portal, effective September 1, 2014. This brings the total number of receiving Offices to six. 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots

New pilots start between the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of  China and the Icelandic Patent Office, the Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom), the Israel Patent Office and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office.

Under these pilots, faster examination in the national phase in one country is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the International Searching Authority (ISA) or the International Preliminary Examining Authority. 

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Good morning, the latest foreign filing headlines are below:

  • The fifty-fourth series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO will take place next week, from September 22 - September 30th at the headquarters of WIPO. 
  • The Czech Industrial Property Office celebrated their 95th anniversary. EPO President, Benoît Battistelli, stated on the occasion, "The setting up of the patent office in Prague in 1919 was a decisive step in the creation of a modern system of industrial property protection in this region and the office should be congratulated on this landmark anniversary."
  • Just for fun: Check out six inventions to catch a mouse, filed in recent years by various inventors to WIPO.
  • inovia news: We just got back from Toronto, where we exhibited at the AIPPI World IP Congress. See below for a great photo of the inovia team in attendance:

                                                            AIPPI

See you back here next week for more updates! Have a great weekend.