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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another PPH Pilot Project in Canada

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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Some Figures illustrating China's Patent Strategy

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?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Business methods are still patentable in Canada

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).

Friday, August 26, 2011

And You? Have You Received The Letter?

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Great Article on China and 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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Broader Accessibility to PPH in Canada

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.