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Your European Patent Can Now Be Validated in Cambodia

Posted on Apr 9, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Your European Patent Can Now Be Validated in Cambodia Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham Cambodia joins the 38 member states of the European Patent Organization (EPO) with a validation agreement. For all EPO patent applications filed on or after 1 March 2018, Cambodia is automatically designated. The validation fee, now under $250, must be paid within six...

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The Real Statistics of Patent Litigation in China

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham When it comes to patent litigation in China, the popular beliefs, based either on old facts or maybe even on no facts, are that China ignores patents and treats foreign-owned patents with a decided lack of regard. Empirical data shows that in one recent year (2014), of 1.3 million patents issued in China, only about 7% are...

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Utility vs. Design Patents: Determining Your Patent Options

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham December 2017 What is a utility patent? A utility patent covers the function and structure of products, systems, or processes, and improvements therefor. The disclosure for a utility patent is a complete description of all aspects of the structure and functions of the invention. The drawings are for assistance in supporting...

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Filing Provisional Patent Applications: Is it the Right Move for Me?

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Provisional Patent Applications: A History   Since being established in 1994 as an amendment to the Patent Act of 1952, which sought to create timing advantages, like that of the Paris convention of 1883 for foreign filing (you can read our previous blog on foreign filing here), provisional holds this date for foreign filing as well, provisional...

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American Company Achieves Big Intellectual Property Win in China

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

New Balance, the athletic shoe and apparel company based in Massachusetts, won a landmark victory in a trademark infringement case in China. Three Chinese shoemakers have been ordered by the Chinese IP Court in Beijing to pay 10 million yuan ($1.5 million US) to New Balance for infringing the slanted “N” logo. This appears to be in tune with...

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