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Success for RWS at Quoted Company Awards 2017

Posted by RWS inovia

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 @ 06:06 PM
RWS is delighted to announce that Andrew Brode was named Chairman of the Year at the prestigious Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards held on February 8th in the City of London to celebrate the success of the UK’s leading growth companies.

The organizers noted: “Andrew Brode joined the board of RWS in 2000 and as Chairman has built the company into a leading international translation business. The judges were impressed with his exemplary communication of the company’s strategy and performance throughout.”

Philip Secrett, of Grant Thornton UK LLP and judge at the awards added:

“The judges had an extremely difficult task choosing the winners from what was an exceptional shortlist of companies. We need to continue to recognise the exceptional performances of the UK’s growth companies that contribute so much to a vibrant economy ….”

The awards recognize the achievements of stock market quoted companies and their key directors and are open to the 1,000 plus companies quoted on the AIM market, to companies with a full listing which are not members of the FTSE 350, and to those companies which are traded on the ISDX market.

Our 2017 IP Trends Survey is now open!

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Friday, Jan 27, 2017 @ 08:30 PM
Good afternoon! We invite you to take our 8th Global Patent & IP Trends Survey. Patent professionals responding on behalf of companies and universities in the United States and Europe are encouraged to participate below. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete:

Complete the survey here. 

After compiling the survey’s responses, we will issue an IP indicator report that identifies the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing and translation strategies of patentees around the world.

As a thank you for your participation, we will send you the report before released to the general public. You can also download The 2016 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator here. 

If you have any questions regarding this project, please don’t hesitate to email us at marketingteam@inovia.com.

Belgium Waives Translation Requirements as of January 1st

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 @ 05:50 PM

On January 1, 2017, several amendments to Belgian patent legislation were established, paving the way for Belgium’s accession to the London Agreement.

Under the revised legislation, patent proprietors aren’t required to file a translation into a Belgian national language of European patents granted in English after January 1st. From this date, the language regime will be the same for all European patents, regardless of the language in which they were granted.

In respect to European patents granted in Belgium in English before January 1, 2017, a translation into Dutch, French or German must be filed with the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI) within three months of publication. If the translation is not submitted within this period, the patent holder may, if conditions are met, still request re-establishment of rights, as in the past.

The OPRI will no longer accept translations filed for the European validation of patents granted in English in respect of which the mention of grant, maintenance in amended form or limitation is published in the European Patent Bulletin on or after 1 January 2017.

For further information, see the OPRI website:

economie.fgov.be/fr/entreprises/propriete_intellectuelle/Brevets/

Sign up for our upcoming webinar – How to Obtain Patent Rights in Europe: Present & Future

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 @ 02:53 PM
We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a webinar on January 13, 2017 with IPPH, “How to Obtain Patent Rights in Europe: Present & Future”. Sign up here to attend, the webinar will commence at 3pm local time in China and should last no more than 2 hours. We will be covering a variety of IP topics including:
  • An overview of the European Patenting processes, including Direct (Paris Convention) filing, PCT national stage entry and the European Patent Convention.
  • Procedural differences and cost comparisons across these filing methods.
  • Outlook for the Unitary Patent in 2017 and beyond.
  • Interpreting services including consecutive, simultaneous and whispered styles.
Speakers include:

Reinhard Ottway – Chief Executive Officer of RWS Group

Reinhard was appointed as CEO in January 2012 having joined RWS in 1993 to develop the Group’s patent translation and search business in Germany. In 2000, he went on to become a key member of the executive team, playing a pivotal role in the expansion of the Group’s business in Europe, America and Asia. He also led the establishment of RWS in China.

Reinhard has lectured in the US and in Japan on patent searching and the European patenting system. Before joining RWS, Reinhard worked as a translator and searcher at a patent attorney firm in Germany.

Andy Cloughley –Patent Attorney Litigator, European Patent Attorney, a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney

Andy joined UK patent firm Miller Stuart Kenyon in 1998 and has been Managing Director since 2004. As well as handling day-to-day prosecution before the EPO and the UKIPO, Andy is experienced in contentious work, including litigation in Europe (in particular in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland) and the US.  He acts for clients before the EPO Boards of Appeal, in addition to Opposition and Examining Divisions.  He also undertakes due diligence and provides strategy advice to clients.

Andy handles a wide variety of primarily electrical and mechanical subject matter. Andy has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe (including France and Germany) and Japan, covering various aspects of UK and European intellectual property law.  Andy has trained several attorneys within the firm and has given seminars for trainee attorneys at other firms.

That’s a Wrap, 2016!

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 @ 03:33 PM
RWS inovia is set to complete a successful 2016 and we look forward to continue to service your IP needs in 2017. Highlights from the past year include:
  • We hold the title of the #1 PCT firm in the United States for the sixth consecutive year – RWS inovia handled the deadlines of  1,419 PCTs. Now in its eighth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms instructing the foreign filing of the most PCT patent applications is based on details in WIPO. To complete the tables, PCT applications with a priority date between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 were extracted. These correspond to applications set to enter the national stage between January 1 and December 31 of this year. Read more.
  • RWS inovia and PatBase integration complete – The RWS inovia platform and PatBase were formally integrated in October. Our 1-click quote feature now obtains patent information from the PatBase system instead of from WIPO. Read more. 
  • Annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator was released – Now in its seventh year, the RWS inovia Indicator is a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world. Released in June, key findings included respondents cutting foreign filing costs by filing in fewer countries, bringing steps in-house and negotiating with their foreign counsel. Download here.
  • China leads global patent application growth – China propelled global patents to a new record of 2.9 million applications in 2015. They were the first office to file more than a million applications in a calendar year. This is an overall growth rate of 7.8% over 2014 and the sixth year in a row patent prosecution rose according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Read more. 
  • UK set to ratify Unitary Patent – After months of uncertainty since the United Kingdom voted in favor of Brexit, the UK government gave a green light for the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to proceed. We conducted a highly attended webinar on the subject matter in early October. Read more. 
  • The top global destinations for protecting your IP – Curious to know how to maximize your IP protection across the globe? Our Founder, Justin Simpson, sat down with Small Business Magazine to highlight the hot 5 IP locations in May. Read more. 
Happy New Year, readers! Follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for daily IP and foreign filing updates.

RWS Group Concludes a Milestone Year

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:11 PM

RWS Holdings, the world’s leading provider of IP services, commercial translations and linguistic validation, announced its final results for the year ending 30 September 2016.

Financial Highlights delivered record revenues and profits ahead of market expectations: 

  • Sales increased by 28% to £122m (2015: £95.2)
  • Adjusted operating profit was up 40% to £32m (2015: £22.9m)
  • Adjusted profit before tax rose by 35% to £30.6m (2015: £22.7m)
  • Reported profit before tax was up 21% to £25.1m (2015: £20.7m)

Operational Highlights continued organic progress and investment in acquisition for future growth:

  • Acquisition of CTi, the world’s leading translation company focusing exclusively on life sciences translation and linguistic validation:
    • Excellent 11 month contribution from CTi, with sales of US$30.5m
    • Integration of Group’s life science activities complete
  • Good performance from core patent translation activities:
    • Enhanced gross margins
    • New client wins
    • Excellent progress in China
    • PatBase revenues advanced by 7%
    • Currency tailwinds post EU referendum bringing useful gains
    • IP support services accounted for 70%, and life sciences 20% of Group revenues
    • Overall Group gross margin improved by 339bp
Current Trading and Outlook:
  • Group performance in the first two months of the new financial year has been very strong, with underlying growth aided by favorable currency movements
  • The Group remains focused on developing sales opportunities across the world from its expanded geographical presence, service range and technology offerings
  • Net estimated Euro trading exposure hedged at an average rate of 1 Euro = 83p to 30 September 2016
Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented, “RWS has delivered exceptional results against a low-growth world economic environment and the first year of our ownership of CTi has fulfilled all of our expectations. The Board remains highly encouraged by the Group’s opportunities to continue to grow significantly and profitably across its now broader portfolio of market leading businesses, particularly as it looks to build on its position in life sciences in the USA.”

We are proud to be members of the RWS Group and look forward to continuing to serve your IP service needs in 2017. With any questions or to learn more about our service suite, click here. Please also follow us on Twitter and Linkedin for daily patent updates.

Praise for PatBase in Pharmaceutical Patent Analysis

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 @ 09:05 PM

RWS inovia’s Information Division was founded in 1958 and offers a wide range of high quality IP searches. With stringent search protocols certified to ISO 9001, and resources including PatBase, our own robust international patent database, we are a preferred search partner of industry law firms, licensing organizations and tech transfer offices.

PatBase currently has over 30,000 users and covers over 47 million patent families with historical information dating back to the early 1900s. In a recent article in the Pharmaceutical Patent Analysis, Sophie Bergeron & James L. Grant discuss prior art and validity searches. They found PatBase to be a useful search platform and specifically mentioned the functionalities of Citation Explorer.

To learn more about our search services, click here and get in contact with your nearest RWS inovia office for more information.

RWS inovia #1 PCT Firm in the United States for 6th Consecutive Year

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

We are excited to announce that RWS inovia is #1 in the United States for the sixth consecutive year by Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s annual ranking of the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms. RWS inovia handled the deadlines of  1,419 PCTs.

Now in its eighth year, Managing IP’s list of law firms instructing the foreign filing of the most PCT patent applications is based on details in WIPO. To complete the tables, PCT applications with a priority date between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 were extracted. These correspond to applications set to enter the national stage between January 1 and December 31 of this year.

Managing IP’s top PCT firms list is a crucial benchmark of firms’ activities in the patent market, especially as PCT applications are assuming a greater role in IP owner’s strategies. The survey is a go-to tool for law firms seeking a reliable resource for identifying potential attorney firms around the world with whom they can exchange patent work.

In addition to providing comprehensive technology to simplify the foreign filing process and reduce costs, RWS inovia has a global network of agents in over 130 countries. As in previous years, RWS inovia’s foreign agents also ranked among the top filers in their markets in the survey and we are proud to be global leaders with our distinguished colleagues.

Download the complete ranking of top PCT filing firms here.

 

China Leads Global Patent Application Growth

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 @ 08:14 PM

China propelled global patents to a new record of 2.9 million applications in 2015. They are the first office to file more than a million applications in a calendar year. This is an overall growth rate of 7.8% over 2014 and the sixth year in a row patent prosecution rose according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report.

Trademark applications rose by 15.3% to 6 million in 2015, as worldwide industrial design applications grew by 2.4% to 872,800.

The top patent filers by region:

  1. China – 1,101,864
  2. United States – 589,410
  3. Japan – 318,721
  4. Republic of Korea – 213,694
  5. European Patent Office (EPO) – 160,028

The top five offices accounted for 82% of global filings. U.S. applicants were responsible for the most abroad applications, marking a 6% increase over the previous year, followed by Japan and Germany respectively.

An estimated 10. million patents were in force around the world in 2015. A quarter of these were in the United States (24.9%), followed by 18.3% in Japan and 13.9% in China. Computer tech accompanied for 7.9% of the total patents and saw the highest percentage of published patent applications worldwide, followed by electrical machinery (7.3%) and digital communications (4.9%).

Click here to learn more and download the entire report. Also, follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for patent and foreign filing related updates.

United Kingdom Set to Ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

After months of uncertainty since the United Kingdom voted in favor of Brexit, the UK government has given a green light for the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to proceed.

In a statement from the UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe notes: “As the Prime Minister has said, for as long as we are members of the EU, the UK will continue to play a full and active role. The new system will provide an option for businesses that need to protect their inventions across Europe.”

She also went on to add that ratification “should not be seen as preempting the UK’s objectives or position in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU.”

The United Kingdom will continue to prepare for ratification over the next few months and will work with the Preparatory Committee to bring the Unified Patent Court into operation at the earliest possible date.

This move goes against the expectations of many IP experts who predicted that the UK would pull out of the agreement along with an EU exit. One of the most important branches of the UPC is planned for London where rulings on patent disputes in pharmaceuticals and life sciences will take place.

The Unitary Patent (UP) is a response to the European patent system. When ratified, the UP will guarantee protection for inventions in 26 countries throughout Europe.

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