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Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO's PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from April:

Modified PCT Regulations 

During an annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 23-October 2, 2013, amendments were made to the PCT Regulations which will begin on July 1, 2014. Please find what this entails here.

PCT forms

Please note that you can now find the September 2012 version of the Demand Form (PCT/IPEA401) in Arabic.  Link here.


The PATENTSCOPE search system now includes the national patent collection of Canada, bringing the number of national or regional patent Offices involved to 37.

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Sit back in the saddle and put on your spectacles... it's round up time!

  • The US Department of Commerce's USPTO announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC), led by Mark Powell.  Read more.
  • More news out of the USPTO: Patents for Humanity was renewed as an annual program, recognizing businesses, inventors, non-profits, and universities.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy postponed a patent reform bill, making this the fourth time the panel has delayed action on the bill.
  • Are you registering for a trademark in the near future?  We understand how costly this process can be for entrepreneurs and business owners.  Check out these three tips to maximize your savings.
  • inovia news: Please check out the list of upcoming events we have lined up.  We'll be all over the globe this year and would love to get together.

Follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP to learn more about our foreign filing platform.  

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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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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!

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We are excited to announce the release of the redesigned 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 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 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!