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8th Annual IP Trends Report Featured in IPPro Patents

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Monday, Jul 17, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

We recently launched our 8th annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. The report gives patent professionals an insight into what IP colleagues are doing to keep up with the changing patent landscape.

Justin Simpson, of RWS inovia, recently sat down with IPPro Patents to discuss the report and the overall state of global filing trends. He went on to explain the growing importance of China as a major patent destination stating, “Our report shows that regions once considered to be emerging by the global patent community have matured into central patent hubs. This doesn’t come to us a surprise as almost all of our clients have made China a primary focus over the past several years.” Read the full article here.

To download the full Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator, click here. Get in contact with your closest RWS inovia office with any questions.

RWS inovia’s Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator Recently Featured in Law360

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Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 @ 01:36 PM

We recently launched our 8th annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. This is an established industry benchmark report identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.

Over the past few weeks, we have been featured in a variety of IP publications. Please see below for our feature in Law360 and get in contact with your nearest RWS inovia office with any questions on our findings.

Law360 discussed filing trends identified in the report. This showed overall patent filing increasing overseas, with more than 41% of respondents filing more than half of their patent applications abroad in 2016. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) are becoming more popular as major patent hubs. Read the article in its entirety here.

2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator is now live!

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Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 @ 02:36 PM

Good morning. We are pleased to announce that our annual report, the 2017 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator was released earlier this morning. Now in its eighth year, the Indicator has become a go-to resource for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of patentees around the world.

This year’s survey confirms something our readers already know – it’s a tough job being an in-house IP counsel. They are expected to keep track of IP developments and trends not only locally, but internationally. In-house counsel must also be able to predict laws and the consequences of court decisions well into the future.

Our IP Trends Indicator gives you a view into what your IP colleagues are doing to keep up with the changing patent landscape. If you are in private practice, you will find plenty of insight into what your in-house clients are facing, so you can better advise and serve them.

This year’s survey showed that overall patent activity and international filing rates rose in 2016 with over 41% of those polled having filed more than half of their patent applications overseas in 2016 (compared to just 34% filing more than half abroad in 2015). The report also shows an increase in the number of patents filed, as nearly three quarters of respondents filed more than four patents, with 24% filing 50 or more (up from 16% in 2015).

This year’s Indicator also reflects an increase in the number of countries where patents were filed compared to 2015. More than 73% of respondents filed patents in four or more countries (up from 62% filing into four or more in 2015). With the increased volume of countries targeted, patent filings expanded into new markets led by destinations in South America and Asia. The overwhelming majority of those (96%) were filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

You can view the full report by clicking here.

Justin Simpson discusses the AIA and China as a common filing destination

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Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 @ 03:54 PM

Justin Simpson, of RWS inovia, recently sat down with IPPro The Internet to discuss patent filing trends in 2016. A key trend he identified is that filing numbers are still being affected by changes associated with the American Invents Act from March of 2013.

Simpson goes on to explain that in early 2016, because patent applications had been brought forward to beat the AIA deadline, there were far fewer filings in early 2016. Now in 2017, all of that has passed and filing numbers are back to the normal levels that they were before the AIA flood.

He also discusses China as an increasingly common filing jurisdiction and references RWS inovia’s upcoming Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator, to be released later this June.

Read the article in entirety on page seven here

European Unitary Patent Paused in Germany

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Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 @ 03:32 PM

Uncertainty surrounding the European Unitary Patent continues as Germany’s constitutional court recently halted legislation to ratify it.

Upon receipt from an unknown source, Germany’s constitutional court halted legislation to ratify the European Unitary Patent (UP). The complaint alleged that the UP and Unified Patent Court (UPC) break German law. “The complaint has been taken seriously enough that the court has directed Germany’s federal president not to put forward legislation to make the new system law.”

As the story develops, more details will follow.

To read more about the ruling, please click here.

PatBase mentioned in two recent reports

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Monday, Jun 5, 2017 @ 07:28 PM

PatBase was recently mentioned as source for patent data in two reports,  “Nutrient management from biogas digester effluents: a bibliometric-based analysis of publications and patents” and “From rare to routine – medicines for rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics”.

The first report was published in the International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology by Minesoft client IRSTEA, a French national research institute that focusses on agriculture and the environment. The second report was published by Marks & Clerk and reveals innovation trends in treatments for rare diseases and widespread conditions.

Data for both reports was provided by PatBase in conjunction with Minesoft.

To access the reports, please click here and here. For more information about our Patent Search services, please contact your nearest RWS inovia office or leave a comment below.

Gearing up for INTA’s Annual Meeting 2017

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Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

With the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual conference set to take place in sunny Barcelona this week, we at RWS inovia are excited to once again reconnect with our global colleagues, clients and IP industry peers. INTA has grown into the intellectual property’s largest gathering of IP professionals in the world and serves as an annual benchmark of the topics and trends that will set the tone for the rest of 2017.

Looking back to last year’s event, held in Orlando, we saw several key trends emerging that showed an evolving and expanding path for IP management, trademark law and the role of trademark and patent lawyers. Trademark lawyers are increasingly becoming an integral part of the marketing team as creating and protecting distinct brands in the digital age is becoming more of a challenge. And this is increasingly on a global scale, heightening the importance of having a strong foreign filing and IP translation partner.

Shortly after last year’s INTA conference RWS inovia issued its 7th Annual Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator, an in-depth look at the filing strategies of U.S. and European patent owners over the previous year. Not surprisingly, many of our findings echoed what was discussed in Orlando. Our survey found an increase in international IP filing and search, concerns over the fallout from Alice Corp v. CLS Bank Ruling in the US, and the rising importance of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) on the international stage.

Since that time, the industry has only continued upon its dynamic path. Looking at this year’s agenda, we were struck by how the global theme was reflected in many of the programs, from understanding how cultural differences impact the trademark industry to finding the right global legal counsel to navigate complex international markets. It is hardly a coincidence this year’s event is being hosted in Barcelona.

At RWS inovia, we too have gone more global, as we expanded the international reach of our 8th Annual Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator survey! We polled more international IP professionals than ever, and here is a preview of what they said:

  • Overall patent activity and international filing rates remain on the rise
  • European Unitary Patent is firmly on the minds of patent professionals around the world
  • China continues its development as a key international IP hub
  • Concerns in the US around patent quality, continued fallout from the AIA and post grant challenges with the change from first-to-invent to first-to-file

Please stop by Booth C24-26 from May 21-24 to visit with our IP professionals and learn more about the RWS inovia service suite.

We look forward to not only discussing these issues and more with you in Barcelona, but issuing our full findings in early June. If you are attending this year’s INTA Conference, please look out for our team and follow us as on our social channels @inoviaIP for live updates!

Welcome to RWS inovia’s Updated Website!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 07:07 PM

We are pleased to announce that as of today, May 11, 2017, RWS inovia has released an expansive redesign of our website and foreign filing platform, staging.inovia.webstagingserver.com.

The website and platform has been redesigned with your user experience in mind. We have streamlined the iconography throughout the site and updated the color palette. We encourage you to explore the site here and visit our foreign filingIP translation and patent search sections.

RWS inovia is one of the largest foreign filing and IP service providers in the world. We are confident our updated website will further assist clients achieve a more robust patent portfolio while saving you time and money.

If you have any questions or feedback on the website refresh, please contact us here or leave a comment below.

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP and on our blog for more information relating to RWS inovia’s IP services. Please stay tuned for further updates this summer!

Webinar: Patent Search Overview – Research & Technology Transfer Organizations

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 02:29 PM

Join us for our upcoming webinar, “Patent Search Overview: Research and Technology Transfer Organizations.”

RWS inovia patent search experts Dan Barnes and Peter Shea will be presenting an overview of patent search services and strategies for research and technology commercialization organizations. Most technical information held within patents is not available from any other source, so join us and learn how you can use this data to save money, focus resources and help your licensing associates work smarter and more efficiently in the search for licensing partners.

Thursday, May 11th at 12pm EST 

Sign up here!

We will walk you through how to do this and explain search tools and the benefits of patent searching to your organization.

With any questions, get in contact with your nearest RWS inovia office.


China slashes IP application fees

Posted by RWS inovia

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 @ 08:24 PM

This spring, reduced filing fees finally came to China. The National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance jointly issued a notice to reduce fees for certain IP registrations.

Please find a breakdown below of fees effective April 1, 2017:

  • A trademark application now costs RMB 300 ($44) per class and applying to renew a registration will cost RMB 1,000 ($145).
  • An appeal procedure before the Trademark review board will cost RMB 750 ($108), while an opposition filing will cost RMB 500 ($72).
  • An application for change of name and owner address now costs RMB 250 ($36).

The reduction in administrative fees will be beneficial for companies active in China, especially for small businesses and start-ups. With these reduced fees, it might be important to review your Chinese trademark portfolio and to file additional applications where necessary.

For a complete list of fees, please click here and get in contact with your nearest RWS inovia office with any questions.

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