How much do foreign patents cost?

Foreign patent costs Foreign patent costs are high. If we’re talking about utility patents, expect about $2,000 to $6,000 for the initial filing in each country. That’s just the beginning of the international patent process. There will be ongoing costs in prosecuting each utility patent application in each country, although there are strategies to streamline […]

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Brazil Patent Law: Judicial Patent Invalidation

Guest post by Ana Paula BritoPartner at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello Brazil Patent Invalidation In a recent court decision in Brazil, involving the questioning of the grant of a Utility Model for silicone implants, the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro invalidated the referred Patent MU 8600958-3 (silicone prosthesis known for its […]

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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 can you save money on international patent costs?

How much does an international utility patent application cost? International patent costs can escalate quickly. When pursuing utility patents in foreign countries, you cannot ignore the cost factor. Simply put, foreign utility patents cost a lot, i.e., 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

From China PCT to US national stage Chinese companies filing US national stage applications through their PCT applications need to be aware of a few important rules to facilitate a smoother US patent process. PCT applications originating in China are originally written in Mandarin and then translated into English. US National Stage Deadline The US […]

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

PCT foreign national stages A PCT application extends the deadline for filing utility patent applications in both the US and foreign countries. That extended due date, called the national stage deadline, is either 30 months or 31 months from the earliest filing date known as the priority date. By this extended filing deadline, a PCT […]

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