On September 30, 2018, the US, Mexico and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new comprehensive trade pact, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the USMCA deals with intellectual property. The chapter includes provisions updating the almost 25-year old NAFTA as well as new requirements based on the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Trump repudiated the TPP when he took office in January 2017; to a large extent, therefore, the USMCA reinstates rules that the TPP adopted, but the US abandoned. The following are a few of the relevant provisions of the USMCA.
In a recent article in the journal Cybaris, Jay Erstling—along with Indian patent attorneys Vindhya S. Mani, Divyanshu Srivastava, Mukundan Chakrapani—discuss the progress of patent law in India. They cover issues such as exclusions from patentability under Indian patent law, disclosure requirements, the compulsory
Rest assured, it’s business as usual. Citizens of the UK have voted to leave the European Union (EU), but when it comes to your intellectual property protection, there is no immediate impact.
Jay Erstling Joins as Full-Time Of Counsel Recognizing the increasing need for companies of all sizes to develop a sophisticated global outlook, Patterson Thuente IP has bolstered its international intellectual property services by welcoming Jay Erstling as full-time Of Counsel.
May 13, 2015, marked the start of a new option for US applicants seeking to protect industrial designs abroad. On that date, the Hague Agreement, a treaty providing for the international registration of industrial designs, became effective for the US.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes international patenting worthwhile. Its advantages are many. The PCT enables businesses to apply for patent rights in any number of PCT member countries (there are now 148) by filing a single international application instead of having to file separate applications in every country.
Patenting is no longer the domain of a few wealthy countries; today it is a global affair. In 2012, the latest year for which statistics were available, applicants filed more than 2,567,000 patent applications, and patent offices worldwide granted almost 1,170,000 patents. All told, about 8.6 million patents were in force in 2011. Not only has the patent world expanded, it has also taken a definite turn toward Asia. Among the five countries in which US applicants most frequently file patent applications, China, Japan and Korea come in second, third, and fifth place, respectively (with Europe and Canada coming in first and fourth).
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