PATENT APPLICATIONS According to WIPO, 2016 was a record year with respect to the number of international patent applications. 1st– US-based applicants filed 56,595 Patent Cooperation Treaty applications in 2016 2nd– Japan placed second (45,239) 3rd– China placed third (43,168). China posted double-digit growth each year since 2002 ZTE Corporation (a technology company) filed the most with 4,123 patent applications TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS French cosmetics company L’Oreal placed first with 150 Madrid applications, Glaxo Group came in second with 141 and BMW had 117 applications. 1st – The United States placed 1st globally for international trademark applications: 7,741 2nd Germany placed 2nd with 7,551 applications 3rd France had 4,132 applications China had 3,200 applications and saw the fastest growth (68.6%) last year. Source: wipo.com
USPTO: Changes in requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases: The United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO) amends its rules concerning the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 8 of the Trademark Act. Specifically, under the regulations enacted herein, the USPTO may require the submission of information, exhibits, affidavits or declarations, and such additional specimens of use as may be reasonably necessary for the USPTO to ensure that the register accurately reflects marks that are in use in commerce in the United States for all the good/services identified in the registrations, unless excusable nonuse is claimed in whole or in part. The amended rules will allow the USPTO to require additional proof of use to verify the accuracy of claims that a trademark is in use in commerce in connection with particular good/services identified in the registration. Action: Final Rule Effective Dates: This rule was originally to become effective on February 17,2017, but has now been postponed until March 21, 2017. The 60-day delay in the effective date is necessary to give agency officials the opportunity for further review of the issues of law and policy raised by the rule. Fee Changes Under the New Requirements for Section 8 of the Trademark Act: The fee for electronic filing affidavits under Sections 8 increased from $100 to $125 per class under the new fee rule. The fee for filing a paper affidavit under §8 of the Act; increased from $100 to $225 per class under the new fee rule.
Effective April 1, 2016, PCT Fees to Foreign Offices were updated for the following changes: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1717: International search (IPOS) — new fee of $1,578 1716: International search (JPO) – fee increase from $581 to $1,295 1714: International search (Rospatent) – fee decrease from $433 to $388
IBM has surpassed Samsung and Canon to take the top spot on the list of recipients for US Patents in 2015. This is the 23 year in a row that technology company IBM has been in the top group of patent recipients. The overall number of US patents granted declined slightly since 2014. The fall followed seven consecutive years of rises in patents being granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).