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JPO and USPTO Announce PCT and Search Collaborations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced two new collaborations with the Japan Patent Office. In a press release issued on July 1, the USPTO announced an agreement with the JPO in which the JPO will...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

U.S. Institutes New International Design Applications

In February 2015, the United States completed steps to become a member of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement). The Hague Agreement went into effect for the...more

European Opposition Tactic Using Ambiguous Patent Conveyances in Employee Agreements

Opponents in Europe have been invalidating priority claims in European patent applications using a formalistic challenge. In Europe, in order to have a good priority claim the applicant listed on the priority application must...more

The PCT Process - flexible, cost-effective and efficient

Initiated in 1970, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has become a popular tool for patent applicants interested in obtaining patents in multiple countries. In 2014, 61,492 PCT applications were filed by U.S. applicants. As...more

PTO Revival Rulings Are Not Subject to Collateral Attacks by Third Parties - Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee

Addressing whether third parties have the right to challenge a patent revival ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

WIPO Releases Data on 2014 International Patent Filings

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released data on 2014 international application filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). WIPO noted that U.S. and Japanese filings accounted for almost...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy - Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank - Amending...more

Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy

According to a recent survey of over 100 companies and universities, nearly 93% who filed patent families in 2013 filed at least some of those patent families internationally. While obtaining patent protection abroad is...more

Are U.S. Law Idiosyncrasies Destroying Your PCT Applications?

Suppose a business’s patent strategy makes studied use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty application: draft one master application to serve as the basis for filing throughout the world. Coverage is required in the United...more

United States Takes Final Step to Join the Hague Agreement - Design Patent Law Changes to Take Effect May 13, 2015

In December 2012, Congress passed the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, which authorizes the United States to become a member of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). On...more

International Design Applications Under the Hague Agreement: Q&A for Companies Designating the U.S.

In early February 2015, the U.S. announced that it had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) with...more

New PPH Pilot Agreement between CIPO and EPO

A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (the EPO) came into effect on January 6, 2015. The pilot will last for a period of...more

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

Prior Art Redefined Under the AIA

The America Invents Act’s (“AIA’s”) overhaul of the U.S. Patent law system has significantly redefined what constitutes available prior art that can be used to reject patent applications or invalidate patents. Thanks to the...more

New European Unity Rules in Effect November 1, 2014

Good news for European patent applicants! On November 1, 2014, amended Rule 164 of the European Patent Convention (EPC), which was previously analyzed by Global IP Matters, finally went into effect. Rule 164 as amended...more

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

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