According to this, a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project has been established between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).
The pilot project is supposed to end on January 30, 2014.
So far the only indeterminate PPH in Canada is with the USPTO.
The other PPH pilot projects in Canada are with the patent offices of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea and also with the PCT.
According to this, China has filed 1.238588 million patent applications, 394,740 of which are
invention patent applications. 769,206 patents were obtained, 139,481 of
which are invention patents from January to October of 2011.
Also, as of the end of June of 2011, Huawei cumulatively filed 33,000 Chinese
patents and 10,600 PCT patent applications and obtained 20,000 patents.
Is China's patent strategy about innovation or is it about seeking weapons against foreign companies as suggested by this for instance? What do you think?
So we finally got the decision from the Federal Court of Appeal in the famous Amazon.com case in Canada. This is a very important decision for us since there is not a lot of jurisprudence on the subject of the patentability of business methods and software innovations in Canada. That being said, my opinion is that there are great chances that this case goes up to the Supreme Court. For our analysis of the case please check (link).
According to this article (link), more and more APPs developers are now receiving letters for paying licensing fees for patents. In the specific case disclosed in this article, the company "sending the letter" is seeking 0.575% of US revenue until the expiration of the patent plus past usage which is quite a nice revenue considering the potential market of an APP. In any event, APPs developers should really be cautious with IP.
An interesting publication from the National Bureau of Asian Research (link) entitled "China's IP transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China". Worth reading for any IP practitioner. In particular, did you know that China was the most litigious country with respect to IP? Just in 2010, 42902 IPR civil cases, US is far behind.
Great news from CIPO (link), "Effective July 15, 2011, a PPH request can be made regardless of where an application is first filed for the PPH agreements with the intellectual property offices of Finland (NBPR), Japan (JPO), Spain (SPTO) and the United States (USPTO)." This is part of a one-year pilot project.