Monthly Archives: December 2010

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We’re now officially entering that “List” time of the year, when everyone is counting down something.  As such, we’ve put together a handy reference post to direct you to our most-read foreign filing blog articles for 2010: 10.  Various Countries, … Continue reading

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Patent Offices around the world are increasing their efforts to share work to reduce work duplication and decrease their backlogs.  In doing so, Patent Applicants should benefit from quicker and less costly prosecution.  A recent article on this topic can … Continue reading

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An important update from our friends at the PCT Learning Center: Important New Fee Changes The International Bureau of the WIPO has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that due to changes in the exchange rate of … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

The USPTO recently announced a Missing Parts Pilot Program commencing December 8, 2010 and set to expire in one year.  The Missing Parts Pilot Program effectively provides a 12-month extension to the 12-month provisional patent application period.  Currently, patent applicants … Continue reading

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Creation of a single European patent came to a screeching halt when EU member countries were unable to reach the necessary unanimous agreement during talks held in Brussels earlier this fall.  Deadlocked for the past 10 years, the unitary European … Continue reading

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On January 1, 2011, the London Agreement will enter into force in Hungary, bringing the total of member EPC countries to 16.  Previously, validation of a granted European patent into Hungary required a complete translation of the specification and claims.  … Continue reading

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

On November 30, 2010, the European Patent Office (EPO) and Google signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand and improve upon translations of European patents. Specifically, the EPO will use Google’s machine translation tool to translate European patents into the … Continue reading