Tag Archives: procedural

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The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) offers many advantages. It delays the costs associated with foreign filings by up to 18 months. The international search report (and optional international preliminary examination process) offers applicants insight into at least some of the … Continue reading

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Perhaps the most common, and most important, question we field here at inovia relates to when the PCT application needs to enter the national phase (or stage; the terms are interchangeable). The national stage filing deadlines occur 30 or 31-months … Continue reading

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In Parts 1 and 2 of our series, our friends at Kan and Krishme were kind enough to share information on filing requirements for India and a comparison of the patent prosecution process between India and the United States. In … Continue reading

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Part 1 of our series compared the patent filing processes for India and the United States. In Part 2, we provide the filing requirements for national phase entry into India, shared with us by our colleagues at Kan and Krishme. … Continue reading

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In this three-part series on “Patent Prosecution in India,” we hope to provide you with important information to consider when seeking patent protection in India.  In part one of the series, our colleagues at Kan and Krishme have shared a … Continue reading

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Ian Cockburn, New Zealand and Australian Patent Attorney at PIPERS, recently informed us of some news pertaining to New Zealand and Australian patent law: Despite the submissions following the earlier discussion paper, IP Australia and IPONZ have agreed on a … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Sweetman on

It’s a few weeks before the 30 month deadline for national stage entry of one of your client’s PCT applications.  The client calls you and tells you one (or more) of the following: The sole inventor has just assigned her … Continue reading

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In view of the high excess claims fees that apply to European applications, it’s common for PCT applicants to reduce the number of claims on file at regional phase entry to Europe. In the past, the EPO has taken a … Continue reading

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We recently gave a brief summary of the impending 1 April 2010 changes to European rules. New Rule 62A: Independent Claims Today, we’re going to go into a little more detail about the changes to management of independent claims in … Continue reading

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We get this question fairly often. Sometimes clients (even experienced patent attorneys) make the mistake of assuming the EPO is simply the patent office that caters to the countries of “Europe”. It’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Without … Continue reading