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Good afternoon. The world's five largest patent offices, also known as the IP5, recently released their annual Statistics Report. The Report analyzes and overviews the operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while also providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow and comparing procedures. The members of the IP5 is comprised of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO). 

A brief summary of the 2013 Report: The IP5 granted almost 957,000 patents (an increase of 4% from the previous year), while 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the IP5 Offices (an increase of 11% from 2012). This Report provides data for the historical numbers of patent applications going back to the 1980s. Originally, this Statistics Report was released in 1983 as a project between the USPTO, EPO, and JPO. The 2011 Report was the first time SIPO was included, with all 5 Offices have participated ever since. 

The IP5 initially met in 2007 and now handle almost 90% of the world's patent applications. Since then, they have aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of the examination process and learned how to better share information and technology between Offices. 

The complete report is available here to download. For inovia's 2014 Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator, please click here. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for foreign patent filing updates. See you back here tomorrow! 

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Good afternoon. An exciting week of patent news has come and gone. Read on for more information:

  • Michelle Lee is waiting on the Senate to quickly approve her nomination as director of the USPTO. However, Republicans will not allow a vote on the nomination until the next Congress session begins in January.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Israel Patent Office (IPO) recently agreed to a patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot that will allow applicants to request accelerated examinations of a patent at either office. 
  • The EPO and United Nations Environmental Programme recently did a study which concluded that Latin America and the Caribbean have untapped renewable energy potential. Read more here.
  • inovia news: Please read up on our upcoming events and get in contact with the nearest inovia office to set up a meeting today.

Stay warm out there and check back next week for more foreign filing news. Also, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

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 Good afternoon. We've compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO's December PCT newsletter, an invaluable resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay up to date with changes made to the PCT system. Please see below for the recap from this month: 

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

The Indian Patent Office and the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) recently notified the International Bureau that they will receive and process international applications in electronic form starting November 15, 2014 and January 1, 2015 respectively. Since May 2013, over 2,200 international applications have been filed using the e-PCT filing method. Currently, 12 receiving Offices accept electronic filings, with more Offices to join in 2015.

Modifications to Demand Form and Other PCT Forms

Several PCT forms will be modified starting January 1, 2015, relating to International Searching Authority, the Authority specified for supplementary search and the International Preliminary Examining Authority. All modified forms are listed here.

Non-Working Days at the International Bureau at the End of the Year; Changes to Publication Schedule

Non-working days at the International Bureau:

Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 December 2014 and Thursday and Friday 1 and 2 January 25 2015

The IB will be open for business on:

Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 December 2014 and Monday to Wednesday, 29 to 31 December 2014

PCT Information Update

CY Cyprus (location and mailing address; fees)

The location and mailing address of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of Cyprus has changes, as follows:

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Corner Makarios Ave. and Karpenssiou St. 

1427 Nicosia


IB International Bureau (fees)

Starting January 1, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts in EUR and USD of the transmittal fee and a change in the equivalent amount in USD of the fee for the priority document, payable to the International Bureau as receiving Office, as follows:

  • Transmittal fee: EUR 82, USD 104
  • Fee for priority document: USD 52
  • Supplement for airmail: USD 10

IL Israel (national security provisions)

The Israel Patent Office has provided additional details to the IB concerning restrictions in its national legislation which are applicable when filing international applications with other Offices. 

IN India (electronic filing; fees)

For information on the acceptance by the Indian Patent Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that are now applicable above. 

Please check back next month for more PCT updates! 

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Good morning and Happy Friday! Here is the roundup of the latest news in foreign patent filing for the week of December 1st:

  • Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee recently posted a blog article discussing changes to the USPTO satellite offices. 
  • The EPO signed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program with the Israel Patent Office to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications. 
  • An innovation that comes right in time for the holiday season! This fitting room turns into an interactive screen with a touch of a button. Genius!
  • This blog article looks at how billable hours curb innovation and drive up costs, while increasing inefficiencies and the overworking of staff.

Check back next week for more headlines. Have a great weekend, and as always check us out on Twitter @inoviaIP!

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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 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 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.