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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 platform and for some great giveaways. If you are interested in setting up a meeting, please contact us at 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:


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

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I hope everyone is having a good Thursday morning! Event season is in full swing at inovia, as we are planning to exhibit and attend numerous conferences in the next few months. Our next stop is Toronto for the AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress on September 14th - September 17th. 

Feel free to stop by Booth #503 if you'll be at the convention center. inovia attendees include Wolfgang Danner, Susanne Kennedy and Jeff Shieh.  Our team will be providing demos of the platform and giving away some handy materials to those in attendance.

A little background about AIPPI: The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) is the world's leading international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. The objective of AIPPI is to improve and promote the protection of IP both nationally and internationally.

It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements, and also national laws relating to IP (source AIPPI). 

We hope to see you next week! As always, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more info. 

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We recently announced that we've settled a patent infringement dispute with IP Monitor Pty Ltd, the operator of a foreign patent filing platform.  We came to a mutually acceptable resolution yesterday, September 9, 2014. 

As a part of the resolution of this dispute, IP Monitor Pty Ltd agreed to shut down any foreign filing platform which infringes on our patents and published a statement on its website acknowledging the infringement. In light of the fact that IP Monitor Pty Ltd was unaware of the breadth of our patent portfolio, we agreed to refrain from seeking damages for infringement. 

“inovia has spent the past 12 years and tens of millions of dollars building a business around our patented foreign filing technology. We will not tolerate patent infringement from competitors.” Justin Simpson, founder of inovia said.

“We think we have the best systems available, and love sharing them with other IP service providers via our licensing and integration programs. However, we have over 50 patents and patent applications around the world, focusing on various aspects of our foreign filing platform - and we are prepared to enforce our intellectual property against any company who violates those patents.”

Details of our entire patent portfolio can be found here. For more information about this, please contact VP of Marketing, Ginny Riemer here

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Happy Friday! Here are the latest foreign filing headlines from the week of September 1st:

  • Trademarks, like patents, are territorial. Read on to see what every business should know about trademark "squatting" in China. 
  • Germany is preparing for Oktoberfest, where 6 million people will descend on Munich in 16 days! See what patented inventions help this event go off without a hitch each year. 
  • Patent filing in Singapore has jumped more than 20% in the last 10 years, from 7,908 in 2003 to 9,722, debunking the notion that the process is expensive among small and medium-sized enterprises.  
  • inovia news: We will be attending the 2014 IPO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia next week.  Please get in contact with us or stop by Booth 203 if you'll also be at the conference!

As always, thanks for reading! We will see you back here next week.  Please be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @inoviaIP. 

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Good morning.  I hope everyone had a great long weekend and are looking forward to fall. We have been busy preparing for the upcoming event season, starting with the 2014 IPO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event lasts from September 7th - 9th and is a mix of educational programs, committee meetings, networking opportunities and exhibits. Featured guests include Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, as the luncheon speaker on Monday. On Tuesday, Hon. Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein, Supreme Court of Canada, will speak. Parallel sessions on Patent and Trademark/Copyright topics are offered throughout the meeting. 

On Monday, there is also a dinner reception atop Grouse Mountain, the highest mountain in Vancouver. For more about the event, please click here. We are excited to be exhibiting and invite you to stop by Booth 203. Chris Karel and Wolfgang Danner will be manning the booth and would love to describe more about our foreign filing platform, 

We hope to see you there! For all of our upcoming events this fall, check out our event page and follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.