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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 … Continue reading

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The International Search Report and Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority (ISR) is a document provided by the International Searching Authority (ISA) in connection with a PCT patent application. Typically, the ISR is issued a few months after the … Continue reading

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On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives took a further step towards patent reform by passing the Innovation Act by a 325-91 vote. Designed to improve the US patent landscape, the Innovation Act contains several measures designed to discourage … Continue reading

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In previous articles, we’ve reported on developments regarding Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. In a nutshell, PPH       Read Jeff’s bio programs are bilateral agreements between countries wherein an allowed or granted patent in one country would allow the applicant … Continue reading

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2014 will usher in a new fee schedule for the US Patent and Trademark Office. Luckily, that pounding headache and nausea you might experience on January 1, 2014 won’t be a result of higher patent and trademark fees. In fact, … Continue reading

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The International Search Report (“ISR”) is a fundamental part of the PCT procedure. Once a PCT application is filed, an International Search Authority (ISA) performs a search of the prior art, and provides the results to the applicant in the … Continue reading

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In past postings, we discussed bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs allowing an applicant to fast track an application in one jurisdiction based on a favorable finding of the claims in a corresponding application in another jurisdiction. For many applicants, … Continue reading

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Now that most of the shouting is over and something of a resolution has been reached, we seem to have entered a quiet period in relation to the European unitary patent and unified patent court. Spain and Italy’s earlier legal … Continue reading

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In this installment of our Monitoring Patent Costs series, Ill be discussing translation costs that occur at the PCT national stage. When you’re filing internationally, many patent offices require translation of your application (presumably in English) into their official language. … Continue reading

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Dr. Jacqueline Lui and Ms. Yolanda Wang, colleagues at Eagle IP Ltd., were kind enough to share a guest article comparing Invention patents and Utility model patents in China. For convenience, they also included a useful table summarizing the differences … Continue reading