Posts Tagged: Patent Cooperation Treaty


CAFC affirms PTA calculation because patentee did not properly request early national stage examination

The Federal Circuit found that Actelion was required to make an express request to commence early national stage examination. Actelion’s statement “earnestly soliciting early examination,” which …

WIPO Stats on Patent Application Filings Shows China Continuing to Lead the World

Globally, a total of 3.1 million patent applications were filed with patent offices worldwide during 2016, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2015’s filing numbers and the seventh straight year …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Intellectual Property Rights in UK Law

There are several different forms of intellectual property rights available in the United Kingdom, each with its own formality, level of protection, and duration period. It is …
By Gemma Trencher
12 months ago 2

Navigating Through the PCT Process and the Associated Costs

A PCT application is an international application that is filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which currently has 151 contracting states. A PCT application is filed with …

Could or should the USPTO adopt the EPO problem-and-solution approach for assessing obviousness?

There is a plausible case that the US law on obviousness is indeed compatible with the EPO problem-and-solution approach. It could even be said that the steps …
By Brian Cronin
1 year ago 13

PPH at the USPTO: Following the Patent Prosecution Highway for a Smooth Ride

If you qualify for participation in the PPH it makes great sense to attempt to get into the program. Not only will your application move from wherever …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

PCT Basics: Obtaining Patent Rights Around the World

For better or for worse, there is no such thing as a world-wide patent. There is, however, something that approximates a world-wide patent application that can ultimately …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

After Searching: Patent Filing Options and PCT ISAs

According to WIPO data, USPTO, EPO and KIPO are major ISAs for U.S. applicants; about 94% of intentional searches have been done by these three patent offices. …
By Stephan Sangwon Kim
2 years ago 1

An International Economy Means I Need An International Patent, Right?

Before selling your product outside the United States, you need to take into account the vastly different cultural and market preferences outside the country. As anyone who …
By Mark Nowotarski
3 years ago 0

World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) Meet in Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a meeting of the heads of the world’s five largest …
By U.S.P.T.O.
5 years ago 0

Universities: Get One More Year on your PCT Patent Filing

Scientifically speaking, there is really very little time the point in time that work in a university laboratory is concrete enough to call "an invention" and capable …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

The AIA is the First Universally Equal Patent Law in the World

The AIA is the tough patent law for the U.S. because of the following reasons: (1) U.S. applicants cannot get benefit of the standard and absolute …
By Ken-Ichi Hattori
5 years ago 3

Important New Changes to US Patent Law for PCT Applicants

For the international community, however, there is an important change slated for September 16, 2012.  The AIA will changewho is entitled to be an applicant in U.S. national …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 5

6 Strategies for Managing Patent Translation & Filing Costs

It is one thing to cut costs, but to borrow a popular political phrase – you want to cut with a scalpel, not a cleaver. Thus, keeping in …

EPO and WIPO Sign Agreement to Enhance Co-operation

Munich/Geneva, 3 May 2012 — With the aim of further developing the international patent system to better support innovation in economies around the globe, the European Patent Office (EPO) …