World Intellectual Property Organisation Patents

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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

WIPO Report: Worldwide Patent Filings Increased 7.8% in 2011

Last month, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issued a report indicating that worldwide intellectual property filings showed strong growth in 2011 despite a global economy that continued to underperform. In...more

A New Design Patent International Filing Treaty

A new system for international design patent registration will greatly benefit design innovators through cost and timing efficiencies. In December 2012, President Obama signed into law the Patent Law Treaties Implementation...more

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