Intellectual property news and updates

Patents fast-track via new Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) launched on 6 January 2014. The GPPH is a pilot scheme between 17 participating national and regional patent offices.

Step forward for Online Patent Translation

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced this week that the language coverage of their free translation tool Patent Translate is now complete – one year ahead of schedule.

Fast track for patents in China

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have signed an important Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) allowing the examination of patent applications in China to be fast tracked.

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Advertising Standards Agency fights against misleading Trade Mark and Patent adverts

Advertising Standards Authority finds against ‘The Trademark Office Limited’ trading as ‘Patent & Trademark Office’.

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a new body set up in September 2013 to specifically target online piracy, counterfeit goods and other kinds of IP crime. Click here to find out more.

Rule 36 EPC will change from 1 April 2014

After consultations between the European Patent Office and the patent profession, the change to Rule 36 EPC has been repealed within just 4 years and will change from April.

Islamic Republic of Iran joins the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become a member of the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT). All new PCT applications filed on or after 4 October 2013 will automatically designate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The PCC gets a re-brand – but has anything else changed?

On 1 October 2013, the Patents County Court (PCC) was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). So, why the change, and what do you need to know?

An open letter to Europe

With only a few days left before the 1 October deadline for public submissions, a coalition of worldwide multinationals including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Blackberry and Google, have last night sent an open letter commenting on the proposed rules of procedure for the new Unified Patent Court in Europe.

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