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July Amendments to the PCT Regulations

july amendments to the pctOn July 1, three amendments to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Regulations took effect. The amendments impact PCT Rules 12bis, 23bis, 41, 45bis, 86 and 95. Here’s how the new amendments will impact innovators who are interested in PCT filing.…

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EPO on Plants and Animals: Clarifying and Creating Loopholes

EPO on plant and animal patentsOn June 29, 2017, the 38 contracting states of the European Patent Office (EPO) finally closed a loophole left open 18 years ago regarding the patentability of plants and animals… and opened a new one. The story is a bit …

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The Difference Between a Copyright and a Patent

difference between a copyright and patentIn developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property (IP), some innovators wonder if a copyright is just as effective as getting a patent. It’s an appealing option since copyrights are less expensive and easier to obtain than patents. However, the …

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How to Reduce Patent Translation Costs During Patent Filing

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Patent protection is limited by national or regional borders. This means you must file for a new patent or validate your patent in each individual country or region where you wish …

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Supreme Court Decides on Exhaustibility of U.S. Patents

supreme court decision on lexmarkDoes U.S. patent protection end when a patented product is sold? What if an item patented in the U.S. is sold in another country? On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments by Impression Products v. Lexmark International

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