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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced the immediate launch of a new patent prosecution highway with the patent office of the Czech Republic, together with the planned launch of two more with the patent offices of the Philippines and Portugal in January 2013. Read Full Story
A joint report published by the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office confirms that both offices have been making efficient use of each other’s work, which has led to an improvement in the quality of patents being granted. Read Full Story
The UK and Germany have launched a one year pilot scheme designed to speed up the processing of patent applications. Read Full Story
Despite difficult global economic conditions, international patent filings under the World Intellectual Property Organization-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – up 10.7% on 2010 and the fastest growth since 2005. Read Full Story
The UK and Canada have launched a two-year pilot scheme designed to speed up the process of patent applications. Read Full Story
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Programme, originally set to expire on December 31 this year, is being extended until March 30, 2012, or until 3,500 applications have been accorded special status under the programme. Read Full Story
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Icelandic Patent Office. Read Full Story
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, and the Commissioner of China’s State Intellectual Property Office, Tian Lipu, have announced the start of bilateral Paris Route and Patent Cooperation Treaty Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programmes, beginning on December 1, 2011. Read Full Story
With the launch of a new free-of-charge information service, the Common Citation Document, it was said that the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office have 'opened a new era of advancing patent harmonization across the globe.' Read Full Story
The United States Patent and Trademark Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office have signed a joint statement of intent to launch two new Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programmes on December 1, 2011, Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, has announced. Read Full Story
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