EU and UK IP law: How will Brexit affect IP rights?

Guest post by Amelia Skeldingat Keltie How will Brexit affect UK IP rights? The UK is currently due to leave the EU on October 31, 2019, subject to an extension. The UK’s departure from the EU will have an effect on various UK IP rights, as outlined below. Exit Day The exact ‘Exit Day’ date […]

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Latin America Patent Law: What is the Problem and Solution Approach?

Guest post by Carlota VergasEuropean Patent Attorney at Balder IP Patent laws in Latin American countries The Patent Laws in Latin American countries establish the common requirements for considering an invention to be patentable. Therefore, for an invention to be patentable it shall be industrially applicable, novel, and non-obvious, that is to say, the invention […]

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China patent law: Are treatments for diseases patentable?

Guest post by Tracy Che China patent agent at Beijing ZBSD Patent & Trademark Agent Ltd. Patent eligibility of the diagnosis or treatment of diseases in China Generally, methods for the diagnosis or treatment of diseases are not patent eligible in China, as stipulated in item (3) Article 25.1 Patent Law of PRC. For humane and […]

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Patenting software and business methods in Japan

Guest post by Aki Ryuka Japan Patent Attorney and founder of Ryuka IP Law Firm Japan IP High Court Says, Steak Providing System is Patent Eligible In Re. Pepper Food Service (Oct. 17, 2018) Claim 1: A system for providing a steak by guiding a customer to a standing table, hearing a weight of a […]

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How to control international patent costs

How much do international utility patents cost? If you are thinking of pursuing utility patents in foreign countries, one big factor is the cost. Simply put, foreign utility patents cost A LOT, and “A LOT” likely means much more than you want to spend. You have to deal with not only the foreign patent office, […]

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China PCT Applicants: What to Know About US National Stage Entry

China PCT application entering US national phase Chinese PCT applicants entering the US national stage should understand a few important rules enforced by the USPTO. PCT applications originating from China are usually written in Mandarin which can create issues with the English translation. US National Stage Deadline The US has a 30-month national stage deadline. […]

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What US Applicants Need to Know about PCT Foreign National Stage Entry

How foreign national stage entries differ from US national stage Most foreign IP offices have a two-stage process for filing patent applications: Initial filing of application; Requesting examination. Unlike the USPTO, most foreign patent offices require a request for examination that is independent from the initial filing of the application. Depending upon the country, the […]

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US National Phase Common Mistakes: How to avoid

Recognizing and Avoiding US National Phase Common Mistakes PCT applicants entering the US national phase will benefit by understanding specific USPTO requirements and rules that may seem foreign or inconsistent with their local patent office rules. This is a brief list of common mistakes associated with filing US national stage applications. By recognizing these pitfalls […]

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