|How will some of our slower|
patents fare in the fast lane?
"A new pilot for the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) was launched today by 17 international intellectual property offices, including the UK Intellectual Property Office.According to the Notes for Editors,
The new pilot works on the same basis as existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway agreements but allows applicants who have had a set of claims found allowable by one participating office to ask that pending applications at any or all of the other participating offices be accelerated. This will significantly simplify the process for businesses, and help to cut the time and cost of seeking patent protection in key global markets. It will also help cut the global problem of patent backlogs. ...
Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) arrangements already exist as a series of bilateral agreements between two patent offices. Although the use of bilateral PPH arrangements is increasing (the UK recently signed an agreement with China during the Prime Minister’s visit in December) the UK has been working to establish a PPH framework that covers multiple countries to better allow businesses to protect their intellectual property in overseas markets. The UK has existing bilateral PPH arrangements in place with the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Canada. Of these agreements, those with the United States, Japan, South Korea and Canada will be superseded by the GPPH for the duration of the pilot".
PPH: not a mug's game
|"The secret of life is honesty and fair|
dealing: if you can fake that, you've
got it made": Groucho Marx
"... the full list of participating offices includes IP Australia (IP Australia), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR), Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), Icelandic Patent Office (IPO), Israel Patent Office (ILPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Nordic Patent Institute (NPI), Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO), Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT), Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)".This Kat hopes that this will deliver the goods and that speed will increase without a corresponding drop in quality. Merpel, ever the cynic, hopes that IPO, HIPO and NIPO will not turn out to be a comic sequel to HARPO, GROUCHO and CHICO ...
|Not quite enough seats to go round ...|
here. Meanwhile, over on Class 46, Pedro Malaquias reports on the Winhouse trade mark application, which nearly sneaked a recognisable image of the European Union's star emblem on to the trade mark register in Portugal, and on SOLO IP Barbara Cookson warns readers not to be fooled by UK patent examination deadlines.
articles she'd like to write in 2014. The following title was not among them, notes the IPKat, being the work of Andrew Orlowski writing in The Reporter. It reads like this: "UK 'copyright czar' Edmund Quilty quits as Blighty's Director of Copyright Enforcement: IPO Tour of Destruction 2008-2014". You can read the text in full here. Too young to retire, Ed is reportedly moving on: "We can confirm that Ed Quilty, the current Director, will be moving on to another post in the civil service and that the post for Copyright and Enforcement Director has been advertised". Where will Ed go next? Readers' suggestions are warmly welcomed. Both Ed and his successor are wished the best of luck in their new roles.
here's a link to the details, plus an alarming and somewhat inappropriate image of a boardroom plus a row of empty chairs. Merpel supposes that this has some deep symbolism, representing the absenteeist approach to IP portfolio optimisation that has been displayed so often in the past.
World Intellectual Property Day, this date being specially selected on account of it being Sir Robin Jacob's birthday. To show that Scotland is cultivating a progressive image on account of its forthcoming independence referendum, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates are celebrating 26 April on Friday 25 April (details here).