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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What Chinese PCT Applicants Should Know About US National Stage Entry

How to enter US national phase Chinese PCT applicants entering the US national stage should understand a few important rules enforced by the USPTO. Deadlines The US has a 30-month national stage deadline. Late national stage entry is possible by filing a petition for revival containing the requisite unintentional delay statement with a petition fee […]

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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 Stage: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoiding Pitfalls When Entering the US National Stage This is a brief list of common mistakes associated with filing US national stage applications. Prior to entering the US national phase, PCT applicants may want to address these issues if possible to avoid further delay and costs. Title The following words should be avoided altogether in […]

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How to Amend PCT Application

Does Your PCT Application Require Any Amendments? Before delving into the complexities of filing amendments to a PCT application, the initial question to consider is whether an amendment is even necessary. For example, if you have a co-pending US application with claims that received a first action allowance, then PCT amendments might be unnecessary. Here […]

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How to Add New Matter to a PCT Application When Filing in the US

What is a bypass application? A PCT application that designates the US may be considered a pending US application from the international application filing date [see 35 USC 363]. Therefore, it is possible to file a PCT bypass application, which is basically a continuing application (e.g., continuation, divisional, CIP) based on such a pending US […]

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How to patent in Europe (EPO)

What is the EPO? EPO stands for European Patent Office/Organisation. It is one of the few patent offices in the world where an applicant can file a single application and designate multiple countries. This gives the applicant a more cost-effective way to prosecute a pending application without having to first decide which European countries to […]

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Which countries are not PCT members?

Since the PCT¬†does not cover every country,¬†applicants interested in foreign patent protection must keep in mind the non-extended 12-month deadline and individual filing requirement for the following non-PCT countries. As of the date of this post, the list of non-member countries include: Afghanistan Andorra Argentina Bahamas Bangladesh Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Burundi Cape Verde East Timor […]

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