Ever since the Patents Rules 1995 were replaced by the Patents Rules 2007, the IPKat has been wondering how popular the newly available facility for filing and prosecuting UK patent applications in Welsh as well as English would be (for some background and sometimes irate IPKat commentary on the subject, see here, here, here and here). He was thinking recently that the time had come to count up how many applications had actually been filed in Welsh since the new rules came into force back in December 2007.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Rather than wading through the many thousands of application details published on the patent register, the IPKat thought that he would use the facility offered by the IPO under the UK Freedom of Information Act to ask the question directly, since he suspected that the IPO will have been keeping a close eye on this important issue anyway, and would have all the relevant details to hand. The IPO have now, in double quick time, kindly come back with an answer. The IPKat doesn't want to give the game away to everyone just yet, so he will let his readers make educated guesses as to the exact number. The first person to leave a comment with the exact number wins a bunch of daffodils.
UPDATE: See the result in the IPKat's later post here.