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    All-time-high for European patent applications

    More patent applications than ever – 265,000 – were filed with the European Patent Office (EPO) last year. This is a 2.8 per cent increase on 2012, according to preliminary statistics from the EPO. The number of patent applications has now been rising for four consecutive years. The EPO granted 66,700…

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    New Global Patent Prosecution Highway launched to simplify use

    Using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) for obtaining accelerated examination has become considerably simpler as 17 IP offices around the world has agreed on a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) arrangement which took effect recently.Most notably, this means that applicants may request accelerated…

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