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European Patent application: annual results 2014

Last week, EPO (European Patent Office) has published its annual report 2014 where the latest trends on patents activity are presented.

2014 has been a very positive year for the EPO. Besides the increase in filings, EPO have been certified ISO 9001 being the first office among the IP5 (the five biggest offices in the world) to obtain this certification for the whole granting process.

Before digging into numbers and analyzing deeply the applications trend (we will do it in another post), we would like to present the data provided through the following EPO’s short video on annual report 2014

As we could see, good news is that total European Patent filings in 2014 have grown steadily from the past 5 years (i.e considering the period 2010-2014), with an increase of 3,1% in 2014 reaching the record number of 274.174 patent filing.  (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:09+00:00Categories: Patents, Press release|Tags: , , |

Patent registration in LATAM: all the procedures in each country

One of the driving forces of economic growth is certainly innovation, or in other words, the creation of new technologies which increase productivity.

After offering a summary scheme about trademark registration in Latin America, today we will devote our attention on all necessary procedures for the registration of patents in LATAM. 

We continue to focus on this region since it is one of the favorite investment target markets for many Spanish internationalization business projects, thanks to cultural and language proximity.

In fact, according to the Global Innovation Index 2013 (index published annually by WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization), despite the economic crisis, innovation in Latin America remains active and in relatively good condition.

general procedure for patent registration in Latam

General procedure of registration of a patent in Latin America

Hoping to be useful information, you can find below a scheme collecting all the procedure for patent registration in LATAM, in each country: from the moment of filing the application until granting of title. 

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2019-04-19T06:20:10+00:00Categories: Patents|Tags: , , |

Morocco joins the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government have reached an agreement whereby from March 1, 2015 will be possible to perform validation of European patents in Morocco.

Therefore, Morocco becomes the first country non-member of the European Patent Office that validates the granting of European patents in its territory, which is a big jump in its legislation and a new incentive for investment.

As in all European Patents validation, the evaluated granting is equated with the one obtained within the patents processed as nationals. I.e.: European Patents valid in Morocco shall have the same legal effect as national patents, and shall be subject to Moroccan Patents Law.

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2019-04-19T06:20:13+00:00Categories: Patents|Tags: , , |

Approved the draft bill of new Spanish patent law

The Council of Ministers approved last Friday 14th of November 2014 the submission to the Courts of the new patent law’s draft bill, thereby connecting the clock for its launch. The reform aims to ensure the quality and reliability of Spanish Patents and update the current regulations in force since 1986. 

This major reform intend to adapt the Spanish legal framework in patents field to the reality of Spain of XXI century.

We are going to discuss and briefly analyze which modalities are affected by the reform and how this change in the Spanish patents law affects the situation. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Patents

  • The draft bill of patent law simplifies the granting process and requires to pass a preliminary examination, through which is going to disappear the granting of weak patents. Thereby, patents that are finally granted shall demonstrate that they are new, involve an inventive step and have industrial application.
  • The protection of innovation is encouraged by SMEs and entrepreneurs with the decrease of official rates’ cost. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Utility Models

  • The law also strengthens utility models, since international novelty will be required.
  • Its scope of application is extended to chemicals.
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2019-04-19T06:20:15+00:00Categories: Patents, Press release|Tags: , , |