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The new year ushered in a few more PCT Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programs (PCT-PPH), reducing the workload for cooperating patent offices and expediting examination for qualified applications.

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Hi everyone, Happy New Year!  Here’s the news roundup for the week of December 31, 2012: inovia news: New York headquarters relocation After four years in the “Flatiron” district of Manhattan, our New York headquarters has expanded and now has … Continue reading

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The patent offices of Europe (EPO), the United States (USPTO) and Japan (JPO) met this week in Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the trilateral agreement between them. During the conference, the offices repledged their plans to improve patent … Continue reading

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The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a bilateral program between two patent offices that utilizes work-sharing and cooperation to increase efficiency, shorten examination time, and improve patent quality. The USPTO alone has over 30 PPH or Patent Cooperation Treaty PPH … Continue reading

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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs are bilateral, work-sharing programs between patent offices designed to expedite examination and improve patent quality. In recent years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has entered into multiple PPHs with foreign patent offices, … Continue reading

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Back in October of 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office announced the launch of a joint program designed to harmonize their patent classification systems.  This program, referred to as the Cooperative Patent Classification Project … Continue reading

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Here’s a recap of the foreign filing/patent law news from this week: The Indian Patent Office experienced a decline in the number of patents filed, examined and granted in 2009-2010.  The INPI will be making some changes in order to … 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

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In Managing IP magazine’s recent IP clinic, IP professionals, including inovia’s own Jeff Shieh, discussed different approaches to handle the questions, “How should I file patents abroad?” and “When is it worth using the PCT, PPHs or just filing nationally?” … Continue reading

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The United States Patent Office (USPTO) and IP Australia (IPAU) recently extended the existing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the two offices.  Originally scheduled to expire this year, this agreement extends the PPH program until April 13, 2012. The … Continue reading