Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Our friends at the PCT Learning Center are hosting two upcoming seminars, one in La Jolla, CA, May 9-10 and another in Santa Ana/Irvine, CA, May 11-12.  These are approved for 10.75 hours of CA MCLE credits. As we mentioned … Continue reading

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Not even a month ago, I attended a talk by Director Kappos on the future of the USPTO and the many improvements he had in store for 2011.  Initiatives, such as the Three-Track Examination program designed to reduce the considerable … Continue reading

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Recently, the European Union released further details on the unified European patent system currently being pursued under the enhanced cooperation doctrine.  So far, 25 Member States have agreed to this proposal. In order to receive a unified European patent, the … Continue reading

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Like every other sector of business and industry, international patent filings were not immune to the effects of the recent global economic downturn.  In fact, I had previously noted that 2009 marked the first year since the inception of the … Continue reading

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Last week, inovia and a group of four IP executives discussed strategies for foreign filing and prosecution at the IP Counsel Café in Palo Alto, CA. Where to file, tips for reducing cost and administration, and strategies for ensuring problem-free … Continue reading

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I had recently written about a proposed “Track One” Accelerated Examination program at the USPTO designed to reduce the pendency time for applications to 12 months. Currently, average pendency time for an application in the USPTO is about 35 months, … Continue reading

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Justin Simpson, inovia’s founder and Australian patent attorney, will moderate a panel on foreign filing best practices at this week’s IP Counsel Café in Palo Alto, CA. With limited budgets, companies are re-evaluating where they are filing and prosecuting their … Continue reading