United States Patent & Trade Mark Office (USPTO) – News & Resources

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  • ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus puts artists’ interests center stage
    by WIPO on December 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Bjorn Ulvaeus outlines his ambitions as CISAC President and shares his vision of the role that technology will play in placing creators at the heart of a transformed music industry ecosystem.

  • Diversity and overlapping IP rights in the comic world
    by WIPO on December 18, 2020 at 6:59 am

    A recent WIPO study, “Batman forever? The economics of overlapping rights” explores how comic characters are protected under both copyright law and trademark law and what this means in economic and policy terms.

  • El Salvador makes a fashion statement with its handbags
    by WIPO on December 18, 2020 at 6:58 am

    El Salvador’s Minister of the Economy, María Luisa Hayem, reflects on how government-led intellectual property awareness programs are supporting El Salvador’s flourishing handicraft sector, as demonstrated by the success of emerging young female design entrepreneurs Eva Innocenti and Raquel Arana.

  • Genetic scissors: at the cutting-edge of life
    by WIPO on December 18, 2020 at 6:57 am

    The gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, is one of the most important scientific developments so far this century. In October 2020, the two scientists responsible for developing it, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. What is the transformative potential of CRISPR technology and what issues is it raising?

  • The African Continental Free Trade Area: a significant role for IP
    by WIPO on December 18, 2020 at 6:56 am

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies across the globe, including in Africa. In the absence of the fiscal resources for the multi-billion-dollar stimulus packages of wealthier countries, African economies are looking to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to catalyze Africa’s post-pandemic recovery and its transition to a knowledge-based economy.

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  • Patent grants up 5.9% at IP5 offices in 2019
    on January 13, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    The world’s five largest IP offices granted 1.6 million patents in 2019, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year, according to the latest IP5 Statistics Report published earlier this week on the IP5 website.

  • EPO allows the taking of evidence by VICO
    on December 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The Administrative Council amends Rules 117 and 118 EPC to permit the hearing of parties, witnesses and experts by videoconference.

  • Impact of AI on patent system explored at EPO digital event
    on December 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The European Patent Office (EPO) conference “The role of patents in an AI driven world” came to a conclusion today. The two-day online event provided a platform to discuss artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on intellectual property (IP), and the potential benefits it could bring to patent offices.

  • EPO congratulates INPI Brazil on its 50th anniversary
    on December 13, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) celebrated its 50th anniversary on 11 December 2020, with messages coming from national and international organisations from around the world.

  • EPO-USPTO joint panel at CIP FORUM 2020
    on December 10, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    EPO President António Campinos delivered a keynote speech yesterday (10 December), followed by a joint panel discussion with the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu, at the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) FORUM 2020.

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