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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 inovia.com 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, inovia.com. 

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.

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We are excited to announce that we will be attending the upcoming PCT seminars in San Francisco this September, hosted by the PCT Learning Center. Since its inception, hundreds of IP firms and Fortune 500 companies have benefited from PCT Learning Center programs, which focus on the Patent Cooperation Treaty as a preferred international patent filing system. 

The two days of PCT training in San Francisco are outlined below:

PCT Boot Camp -September 15, 2014

  • Target Audience: Those wishing to get started, or needing a PCT refresher

Advanced PCT Seminar - September 16, 2014 

  • Approved for 5.5 hours of California MCLE and focuses on advanced topics for the experience PCT user

If you or your colleagues will be in the San Francisco area September 15th or 16th, consider attending a professional PCT seminar, tailored to US practice. And for inovia clients and friends, you will receive a $25 discount for the Boot Camp and $50 off any advanced program. To take advantage of this offer, register for the programs online, then call 571-212-3868. 

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Good afternoon, readers. This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announced that it will host an American Invents Act roadshow in seven cities throughout the country.  The roadshows will occur between September 16th - October 9th to increase awareness and understanding of the first Inventor to File provisions of the American Invents Act (AIA).

Stops will include Concord, New Hampshire; Madison, Wisconsin; Dallas, Texas; Silicon Valley, California; and Atlanta, Georgia.  USPTO campuses in Alexandria, Virginia and Denver, Colorado will also host the series. Please note that these forums are free and open to the public, and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a terrific way to learn more about provisions to the American Invents Act, specifically in regards to the First Inventor to File (FITF). All shows will have the same agenda including statistics to date and prosecuting applications filed under the FITF. 

For all details relating to the roadshow, please click here. Also, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more info relating to the USPTO and foreign patent filing. 

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An agreement was recently signed on July 3rd between EPO President Benoit Battistelli and Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines Kamel Ben adding Tunisia as an EPO extension state. Once this agreement has been ratified, applicants will be able to validate their granted patents into Tunisia, even though Tunisia is not actually a member of the European Patent Commission. Validated European patents in Tunisia would have the same legal status as locally filed patents and subject to Tunisian patent legislation. So is Tunisia on your foreign filing radar?

For more information on the European validation process, visit our website or download our guide.

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After filing your PCT application, an International Searching Authority (ISA) will perform a search of relevant patent documents and references. Additionally, the ISA will issue a preliminary and non-binding review of the claims, analyzing them to see if they satisfy novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability standards. The International Search Report and Written Opinion are sent out approximately 4 months after the PCT filing date (16 months after the priority date). 

If desired, the applicant can request further international searches from one or more ISAs which have indicated their availability to perform supplemental searches. There are two fees for requesting the supplemental search – a search fee set by the ISA performing the additional search and a CHF 200 search handling fee to the International Bureau. Usually, this request is submitted after the applicant has received the International Search Report, but no later than 19 months after the priority date. The Supplemental International Search Report usually issues 28 months after the priority date, right at the time when the applicant is deciding where the application will enter the national stage.

The benefit of requesting a supplemental international search is pretty obvious. Having additional sets of eyes searching the prior art base means reducing the chances of any unanticipated prior art popping up during examination. Since foreign filings can be quite expensive, having a complete picture of the prior art and one’s likelihood to receive a patent can help an applicant formulate their strategy before entering the national stage. 

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Good afternoon, friends! I hope everyone is getting ready for a great weekend.  Before you go, please take a look at the latest headlines in foreign filing news!

  • The two technology giants, Samsung and Apple, recently declared a truce on all non-US patent disputes.
  • Tesla got their trademark back! The dispute threatened to complicate the companies expansion into the world auto market. 
  • Adam Carolla won't back down from a patent troll! Even after the suit was dropped, the comedian hopes to make an example of Personal Audio by invalidating their patent.
  • inovia news: Have you downloaded our 5th annual IP Trends Indicator? Click here now to check out the most definitive resource for IP professionals!

Have a great weekend, readers. Please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates. 

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their most recent newsletter.  Please see below for highlights:

  • SIPO of China announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (PPH) between SIPO and UKIPO, IPO and PRV formally began on July 1, 2014. These program will run for 2 years, ending on June 30, 2016. 
  • The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has partnered with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to lend its expertise to Chinese companies.  They will work together on 13 issues, including IP exchanges with foreign countries and managing IP training programs. 
  • Administrative departments in China dealt with almost 40,000 cases of infringement and counterfeiting from January - April 2014. 
  • The Central Reform Leading Group held its third meeting and discussed the hierarchy of China's IP courts. It was decided that to achieve consistency of the judgement on IP cases, three intermediate-level intellectual property courts will be set up in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. 
  • On July 10th, the opening ceremony of the WIPO agency was held in Beijing. This is the fifth of its kind to be opened worldwide, after offices in the United States, Japan, Brazil and Singapore.

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for issuing this very informative newsletter. For more updates relating to foreign patent filing, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!