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Where Should Foreign Patent Protection Be Pursued?

Once a client has made a decision to file a patent application, invariably, at some point during the patent procurement process, assuming foreign protection is not barred, the client will be asked whether it desires to pursue...more

Patents are of National Origin

Patents are Obtained Country by Country - All intellectual property professionals are aware that patents are issued, as a general rule, country by country. However, some inventors are under the misimpression that once...more

Protecting Inventions Internationally – PCT Example

The United Kingdom, Japan and Norway, are all members of both the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Paris Convention. The British Patent Office acts as the Receiving Office for the United Kingdom, the Japanese Patent Office...more

A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could write “a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a...more

Protecting Technology and Inventions Internationally

As noted in “Patents are of National Origin,” obtaining a patent in one country, does not give the owner of the patent worldwide protection for the invention. Instead, a patent application must be filed in or for each country...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

Shortcuts on the Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a program that allows applicants to leverage allowable claims in one participating office to obtain a patent faster and more efficiently for corresponding claims in another...more

Canadian Update on International IP Treaties

Earlier this week, the government introduced an unprecedented five international intellectual property treaties in the House of Commons on the same day. The five tabled treaties, introduced for ratification and...more

Government Tables Five Intellectual Property Treaties

On January 27, 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Anderson tabled five previously concluded intellectual property treaties in the House of Commons including the...more

New Proposed USPTO Rules for International Design Protection

U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more

Protecting Your Export Market by Patenting In Europe is Getting Easier

U.S. exports hit a record high of $188.7 billion in December 2012. This is part of a long (albeit inconsistent) trend of growing exports, which goes back to the early 1990s and has been particularly strong and steady since...more

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes to Implement Patent Law Treaty

In April, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 21788) proposing changes to the rules of practice for consistency with the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and title II of the...more

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 Modifies U.S. Design Patent Law

While much attention has been given to the recent, significant changes in U.S. patent law arising from the America Invents Act (“AIA”), lesser attention has been given to patent law changes brought about by further...more

IP 101 – 10 Things You Should Know About Patents to Protect Your Business

1. What is a patent? A patent is a right granted to inventors by the government to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, using, or importing an invention. The U.S. Government has issued over eight...more

Consider Filing U.S. Patent Applications Before March 16

MARCH 16, 2013 is the effective date for major changes made to the U.S. Patent Act by the America Invents Act (“AIA”). These changes should motivate inventors to consider filing their patent applications before the changes...more

Doing Business in Canada: Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property (IP) portfolios are valuable assets that must be properly acquired, advantageously exploited and thoroughly protected in all commercially significant jurisdictions. Companies considering doing business...more

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