Archive: August, 2015

Algeria Joins the Madrid Protocol

Algeria Joins the Madrid Protocol

Algeria has acceded to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks, transforming the Madrid System into a One Treaty System. On July 31, 2015, the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria deposited with the Director General of WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International […]

New Expedited Pilot Program to Handle Appeals

New Expedited Pilot Program to Handle Appeals

New Expedited Pilot Program to Handle Appeals. The USPTO has announced a new pilot program to expedite appeals pending before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The goal of the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot is to reduce the backlog of pending appeals, while also allowing applicants to prioritize their pending appeals. Many technology centers […]

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Every year, 9 August is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day is celebrated with special events around the world. Here is part of the message od WIPO Director General, Gury: In line with its strategic objective to promote the use of intellectual property for the well-being of all, WIPO’s […]

Users' opportunities in the evolving global patent system

Users’ opportunities in the evolving global patent system

9 October 2015 Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de région Rhône-Alpes (CCIR) 32, Quai Perrache, Lyon, France 09.30 – 16.30 hrs This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their bilateral co‑operation. To mark this occasion, an international symposium is being organised in […]

The Federal Circuit Reverses Precedent on Functional Claiming Standard

The Federal Circuit Reverses Precedent on Functional Claiming Standard

The Federal Circuit Reverses Precedent on Functional Claiming Standard. In Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC the Federal Circuit redefined functional claiming for US patent applications and issued patents. In Williamson, the Court reconsidered its prior holdings regarding when a claim recitation was to be construed as a means-plus-function limitation. A claim recitation that is construed […]