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Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad
Jul05

Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad

Russian inventors may soon find it easier to apply for patent protection around the world, thanks for a proposal by the Moscow government to subsidize their applications. The government has built in a number of safeguards, though, to prevent abuse of the system. Russian companies that want to protect their intellectual property abroad will have to apply for patents in other countries through so-called “operators” – firms that...

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European Patent Office censors its employees
Jun09

European Patent Office censors its employees

The European Patent Office (EPO) is apparently stopping all its employees from having access to the popular IPKat blog, The Register reports. The IPKat blog is famous in the patent world, but earning the displeasure of the EPO leadership has clearly had the so-called Streisand effect, named after the Hollywood star who tried to ban publication of pictures photo of her Malibu villa. As soon as she tried to obtain an injunction,...

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Russia plans  to open a center for helping in foreign patenting process
Jun08

Russia plans to open a center for helping in foreign patenting process

“Rossiyskaya gazeta” has announced a creation of a center which will assist legal entities in obtaining foreign patents. Russian scientists and inventors facing a plenty of difficulties when they register priority applications in the US, European Union and so on. Until today, each enterprise tried to solve these problems on its own but not everybody has a sufficient amount of money to do so. So, Russian Government decided to support...

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Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe
Feb09

Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe

Last week I was at the European Patent Office in The Hague to make a presentation at the annual two-day, DG1 management meeting. This is a get-together of all directors and managers in the office’s operations directorate-general, the one that is responsible for dealing with examinations and oppositions. For the first time, this year a group of outside speakers was invited to attend. Some gave their views on the performance of the...

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A Few Steps Closer to the European Unitary Patent System
Nov10

A Few Steps Closer to the European Unitary Patent System

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union… Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved in the enhanced cooperation on the Unitary Patent (UP). The next day, on October 1, seven EU member states signed the Protocol...

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