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40 Years Since First European Patent Application
December, 2018
The EPO published its first European patent application, EP 000 000 1 forty years ago today (20 December 2018). The application related to a “thermal heat pump” and was filed by European Atomic Energy Community. The patent was granted on 7 January 1981. A batch of 112 applications were published on that day along with […] Continue reading
Rise in Patent Applications for Self-Driving Vehicles in Europe
November, 2018
A study by the European Patent Office finds that the number of European patent applications related to automated driving has grown 20 times faster than other technologies in recent years. The study carried out in co-operation with the European Council for Automotive R&D reveals that innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDV) is accelerating fast and could […] Continue reading
USPTO Issues Patent Number 10,000,000
June, 2018
On June 19, 2018, the USPTO issued patent number 10 million. Historically, the ‘millionth’ patent has always celebrated the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system, since the first U.S patent issued in 1790. Symbolizing the breadth of American invention, patent 10 million is for a laser detection and ranging (LADAR) system, […] Continue reading
IPI-Award 2018 Recognizes Dr. Tsutomu Kiriyama for International Patent Information Collaboration
May, 2018
A true passion for patent information, boundless enthusiasm, and a deep-rooted commitment to share his knowledge with others. These are just some of the attributes that have contributed to Dr. Tsutomu Kiriyama’s success in traversing international boundaries for the sake of advancing patent information. Dr. Kiriyama attributes the door to the global patent information community […] Continue reading
Freedom To Operate: Time to update your search?
February, 2018
When it comes to freedom to operate you always want to ensure the greatest level of diligence for making the most informed decisions. Have you considered freedom to operate search updates, periodic alerts, or extensions on searches that have been performed for you in the past? This is a cost-effective way to gather new intelligence […] Continue reading
10% Increase in Patent Applications Filed at IP5 Offices
December, 2017
New statistics have been released by the IP5 Offices showing that more that 2.6 million patent applications were filed at the world’s five largest intellectual property offices in 2016. It was significantly noted that this is a 10.4% increase over last year. The IP5 co-operation group, established in 2007, consists of the European Patent Office […] Continue reading