WIPO Releases PCT Report 2014

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released a report on patent filing activities for 2014. According to the report, WIPO’s Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) saw 214,500 patent applications filed in the year 2014, representing an increase of 4.5% over 2013. The United States and China together accounted for 87% of the total growth in patent filings. More on the report after the break.

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Patent Search System News Round-up, Winter 2015

The new year has brought a new round of updates from major patent search systems, including subscription databases PatBase, PatBase Express, and Relecura and free tool the Lens (formerly known as Patent Lens).  What’s new on these systems?  Here’s just a quick sample:

  • New design search commands and litigation information on PatBase.
  • Limit search and display to a specific country in PatBase Express.
  • Search history and non-US assignment data in now on Relecura.
  • New analysis and filtering options for genomic patent searches are available on The Lens.

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New PatSeer Updates Released

The latest update of patent search and analysis platform PatSeer comes with key enhancements and new features, including the addition of Philippines full-text patent collection and new keyboard shortcuts. Let us take a detailed look at the updates after the break.

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EPO Annual Patent Report 2014 is Out!

The European Patent Office released its annual patent report, revealing that it received a record 274,000 patent filings in 2014, a 3.1 percent hike over 2013. According to the EPO, member states like the Netherlands, France and the UK showed a significant rise in patent filings. The number of granted patents, on the other hand, was 3.1 percent lower than 2013. Get a more detailed look at the report after the break!

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Innovation Act Gets Reintroduced

Members of the US House of Representatives have reintroduced a bill that aims to introduce changes designed to deter patent holders and non-practicing entities (NPE) from targeting businesses and end-consumers with frivolous infringement lawsuits. Get more on the bill after the break!

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IHS Engineering360 – An Online Space for Engineers

IHS Engineering360 is an online portal designed for engineers and technicians looking for industry data and reports and engineering parts under one roof. The website features an active news section, a marketplace for engineers, a standards document repository, a reference library and a community section offering forums and blogs. Patent searchers looking to invalidate prior art references may find this resource useful. Get more on IHS Engineering360 after the break!

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IFI Claims Releases 2014 U.S Patents Trends and Insights Report

Patent database and analytical solutions provider IFI Claims has published a report based on an analysis of 2014 US Patent and Trademark Office data. In addition to highlighting notable trends in the granted U.S utility patents, the company has also released a list of the 50 companies that received the highest number of patent grants in the year 2014 by the USPTO. Get the lowdown on the report after the break!

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