Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
China's top legislature has just approved an amendment to the Patent Law.
According to this amendment local inventors now will be allowed to apply for foreign patents before domestic ones for their inventions.
The amendment will be effective on Oct. 1, 2009. All applications will be reviewed by the government to ensure that no secrecy order should be issued.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Officially the extension is motivated by the desire to "adequately assess the feasibility of the PPH pilot program".
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I just attended a major business conference in Israel, the Globes Conference, and business leaders there seemed to be very concerned by the situation. One of the key speakers, President Shimon Perez, addressed the audience and gave a very insightful speech on some areas where energies should now be focused in order to reduce the effects of the crisis there. More precisely, he suggested that tax exemptions should be provided for investors in the following fields:
1. renewable energies in order to avoid being dependent on oil;
2. innovations pertaining to the creation of new water resources;
3. stem cells research;
4. innovations related to antiterrorism equipments;
5. innovations for advanced teaching equipment.
He mentioned that it is therefore time for innovation and that the crisis calls it. He further mentioned that we should not fall into pessimism since both pessimisms and optimisms die.
The only difference is the way they live.
The key for me here is the fact that the heart of his suggested plan is innovation. Intellectual property is therefore also key since it is there to protect it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Some reasons for this popularity:
1. Patentees enjoy favorable outcomes in this jurisdiction;
2. (used to have an) Early trial date available;
3. Court unlikely to grant summary judgment motions.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The JPO is working on interesting projects aimed to "raise the bar". Not only the Japanese Patent Office has been a leader for promoting the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), but the Japanese Patent Office is now working on a couple of other exciting projects which are, inter alia:
1. The "Seamless search environment". In this project, the JPO is gathering prior art references from various Japanese universities and companies.
2. The "Community Patent Review (CPR)". In this project a "community patent review" operation center receives feedback from various (outsourced) reviewers. About 250 patent applications have been reviewed according to this new method.
Finally I have learnt that there is a superhighway in Japan where you can get a first office action in one month! So far 50 applications has enjoyed this special treatment.