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Pros and Cons of Provisional Patent Applications

patent filingAs of June 8, 1995, the USPTO has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional patent application, which was “designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States” … because filing a provisional patent does …

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2017’s Most Innovative Cities Ranked by Issued PCT Patents

GII 2017 front coverThe 10th edition of WIPO’s annual Global Innovation Index (GII) was recently released in collaboration with Cornell University and INSEAD. The survey looks at the innovation performance of 127 countries around the world based on 81 different indicators.

 

Innovation
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Cybersecurity Experts Warn of an Uptick in Chinese IP Theft

uptick in chinese ip theftIn June of 2017, two cybersecurity experts testified before an open hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. They believe the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has resumed its commitment to ‘economic espionage’ – stealing confidential business information …

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New U.S. IP Czar to Battle Patent Infringement

new ip czar fighting patent infringementOn August 3, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vishal Amin as chief adviser on IP enforcement to the President of the United States – a position commonly referred to as the “U.S. IP Czar.”

 

What’s in a name?

 

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SCOTUS Expands IP Rights by Invalidating Disparagement Clause

no more disparagement clauseThe U.S. government derives its ability to issue patents from the Lanham Act, also known as the “Trademark Act of 1946.” Within it are the standards by which the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) judges a trademark’s registration …

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