The United States was once again the top ranked country in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Global IP Index for 2018, but the rankings are closer than ever. And while the United States continues to do well overall, patent protection continues to be problematic. In 2017 the U.S. ranked 10th worldwide in terms of offering patent protection to innovators. This year, the U.S. fell out of the top 10 to a tie for 12th place.
While the U.S. continues to take steps backwards in terms of the overall patent landscape, a number of countries around the world have taken positive steps forward, including countries you might not ordinarily consider as patent friendly jurisdictions. Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the Ukraine all improved their scores from 2017. The United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Columbia, Chile and Australia all showed weaker performance in 2018.
Join Gene Quinn, patent attorney and founder of IPWatchdog.com, for a free webinar discussion – Global Patent Landscape 2018: Where to File and Why – on Thursday, March 22, 2017, at 12pm ET. Joining Gene will be Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property for the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center.
In addition to taking as many of your questions as possible, this webinar will:
- Summarize the findings of the U.S. Chamber 2018 Global IP Index.
- Analyze the patent landscape in both improving and declining countries.
- Discuss improving countries you may want to consider for future filings.
- The outlook for global patent protections for the remainder of 2018.