Tag Archives: patent examination

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin on

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 … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

We recently discussed options for speeding up grant of a European patent. As we mentioned, reasons to expedite grant include the existence of a potential infringer, or the need to obtain grant to enable licensing or sale.   Today, we’ll … Continue reading

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

In 2012, China was the top-filing destination for inovia’s clients and it’s no surprise — the market opportunity is just too large to ignore. But with opportunity comes risk and for years, enforceability issues in China have been among the … Continue reading

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

This article is the second in a series on expediting patent applications (see the first article on Europe). The content was contributed by Patricia Folkins, a partner and the head of the Chemical practice group at inovia agent firm Bereskin … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

The typical applicant is in no hurry to see their patent application proceed through the stages of examination, allowance and grant. Prosecution and allowance/grant cost money. The faster examination takes place, the faster the final form of the claims will … Continue reading

Posted by Lu-Enstad on

On February 15, a patent prosecution highway pilot program launched between the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). The new program allows applicants (from both countries) the opportunity to fast-track examination of their application if the … Continue reading

Posted by Lu-Enstad on

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a look at the latest foreign filing/patenting news from the past week: The European Union made history this Tuesday, as the highly anticipated unitary patent was signed into adoption. WIPO’s latest newsletter outlines the amendments on … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

Fewer and fewer opportunities… The EPO is well known for applying relatively strict criteria to amendments. Compared to, say, the USPTO, the EPO requires virtually literal support for every amendment (we’ll go into more detail about this in another article). … Continue reading

Posted by Lu-Enstad on

Hello again, everyone! Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patenting news from the week of November 12th: One USPTO director shares her experience visiting the newly-opened (first-of-its-kind) satellite office in Detroit, Michigan. SIPO has reported that a record number of … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

In a previous post discussing the effects of the America Invents Act on the sole inventor and small company, I mentioned its provision to recognize a new micro entity applicant status. As described by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual … Continue reading