Tag Archives: treaties

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

Here’s a recap of the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of August 15: The USPTO issued its 8 millionth patent on Tuesday.  The patent was awarded to Second Sight Medical Products for a “Visual Prosthesis Apparatus” that enhances … Continue reading

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

Our friends at HarneckerCarey recently shared some important news for patent applicants seeking protection of living organisms. On May 5th, 2011, Chile joined the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

On a recent telephone call, a company inquired as to whether inovia offers patent filing services for the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle or African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).  Although inovia currently only offers regional stage entry into ARIPO, … Continue reading

Posted by Cara Verwholt on

In response to the growth of IP in Africa and client requests, inovia is happy to announce today that Spoor & Fisher has joined our global agent network and will handle our PCT national stage entries into ARIPO.  With the … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Shieh on

Validation costs for granted European applications can easily spiral out of control due to the translations required for many countries at this stage.  Translation costs can make up over 75% of the total cost for validation, and as a result, … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Sweetman on

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

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PCT versus the Paris Convention While I’m a firm advocate of the PCT (well, I would be wouldn’t I?), direct Paris Convention filing will also have a place in the filing strategies of many applicants. Some advantages of the PCT … Continue reading

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One of my PCT alerts today included a CBS News blog on green issues… Curious about why a green-issues blog would refer to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), I had a look. I was amused to find the blogger placing … Continue reading

Posted by Jeff Sweetman on

Overshadowed by recent patent examination backlog discussions, a series of bilateral agreements, known as the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), has quietly been making progress on work-sharing between patent offices. The PPH allows fast-tracking of an application in one country, based … Continue reading