Posts Tagged: harmonization


Ecuador May Soon Reap the Benefits of the Patent Prosecution Highway

Ecuador has been participating in a pilot program of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) since 2016 but has as of yet failed to implement the system for a …
By Francisco Gallegos
16 days ago 0

The Global Implications of the CJEU’s Ruling in Google ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Case

On September 24, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its decision in case C-507/17, Google v. CNIL regarding the territorial scope of the “right …

Iancu Calls for Section 101 Fix in Address to AIPPI Congress

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu said “something has to be done about” Section 101, as it has been thrown into flux following various U.S. Supreme Court cases, in …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 22

The America Invents Act on Its Fifth Anniversary: A Promise Thus Far Only Partially Fulfilled

Unfortunately, Mr. President, after five years I cannot report back that the AIA has yet ”improve[d] patent quality and help[ed] give entrepreneurs the protection and …
By Phil Johnson
3 years ago 3

Harmonization and the quest for an elusive international grace period

An interview with Jim Pooley, former Deputy Director General of WIPO - The actual changes that we might have to accept in a truly globalized, harmonized system …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

USPTO Seeking Comments on Matters Related to the Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

At a meeting convened in October 2012, experts from the Tegernsee Group offices were tasked to collaboratively develop a joint questionnaire to aid in the acquisition and analysis …
By U.S.P.T.O.
7 years ago 0

USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

An ambitious harmonization effort, CPC is the product of a joint partnership between the USPTO and the EPO to develop a common, internationally compatible classification system for …
By U.S.P.T.O.
7 years ago 0

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) …

Kappos 2.0: USPTO Funding, Board Hiring & Harmonization

In this installment we learn from Director Kappos that the USPTO budget is not a problem whatsoever. While the Office did not achieve a permanent end to …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 2

Trilateral Patent Offices Step Closer on Patent Harmonization

In view of the growing need for innovator companies to obtain patent protection in multiple Patent Office around the world simultaneously, leaders of the most heavily used …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 4

The America Invents Act’s Repeal of Secret Commercial Use Bar is Constitutionally Infirm

The effort to shoehorn foreign patent priority concepts and torture a well-developed 200 year-old American patent system that has a proven record as the best in the world …

USPTO and EPO Work on Joint Patent Classification System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. …
By Press Releases
9 years ago 4

An Exclusive Interview with Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General

Yesterday I had the honor of spending 30 minutes interviewing Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Director General spoke substantively about …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 17

Kappos Talks Patent Reform and Gene Patents at BIO Convention

What follows are pieces of Director Kappos' remarks at the session prior to taking questions and answers. While it is probably unfair to call these remarks prepared …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 16

US Patent Office to Reject Based on Traditional Knowledge

Last week on Monday, November 23, 2009, while so many of us were winding down, clearing off our desks and getting ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the United States …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 21