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World IP Indicators 2019: Continued Growth in Filings in Asia despite Slowdown in China

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Jane Lambert The World Intellectual Property Organization its World Intellectual Property Indicators Report for 2020 on 7 Dec 2020. For the first time since the 2998 world economic downturn, there had been a 3% drop in patenting activity since 2018 but a sustained increase in the number of applications for trade marks, designs and plant breeders' rights.  The reason for the reduction in the number of patent applications from 3.3 million in 2018 to 3,2 million in 2019 is that the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) received 9.2% fewer applications in 2019 than it did in the previous year and the Japan Patent Office ("JPO") 1.8% fewer.  The CNIPA still received 1.2 million patent applications which was more than any other office. The US Patent and Trademark Office came second with 621,453, the JPO third with 307,969, the Korea Intellectual Property Office fourth with 218,975 and the European Patent Office fifth with 181,479.  Intellectual property

Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria Webinar - The Business of Dance

Counting down to an interesting conversation today! Have you saved it on your calendar? Blessed to have the multitalented and innovative Barrister @nipclaw on the panel! pic.twitter.com/WNMqVIIoCI — Intellectual Property Lawyers Association Nigeria (@IplanNg) November 26, 2020 Jane Lambert Yesterday I spoke at a webinar entitled "The Business of Dance" which was organized by the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria .  My fellow panellists were Jemima Angulu of Krump Studios ,  Victor Nwejinaka of Blackbones Theatre Kompany , Basorun Aderoju of Hyeres Elite Athletes and Talents and Folarin Aluko  of Trumann Rockwood LP. We also had an intervention from one of the judges of the Customary Court of Nigeria . For many years I have been trying to arrange a similar discussion in the United Kingdom but without success,  That is because intellectual property specialist lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys do not see much demand for their services in dance.  T

No British Cluster in the World's Top 10 Science and Tech Hotspots

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Standard youtube Licence Jane Lambert Cities have been motors of innovation and creativity throughout history,  Think of Periclean Athens, renaissance Florence, enlightenment Edinburgh and Silicon Valley.  Every year, the WIPO (the UN specialist agency for intellectual property) publishes a ranking of science and technology hotspots.   The list is compiled using the following methodology: "Inventors listed in patent applications under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), spanning the years 2014 to 2018.  Authors listed in scientific publications in the Web of Science’s Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and covering the same period.  The geocoding of inventor and author addresses and the use of density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN) algorithm to the geocoded inventor and author points." The above film shows the top 10 clusters for 2020.  From a British perspective, it is disappointing that there are no British clusters in the world's t

IPO Review of Enforcement: Call for Evidence

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Intellectual Property Office, Newport Reproduced with kind permission of the Intellectual Property Office Jane Lambert   In  Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP enforcement 2020   which was published on 16 May 2020, the Intellectual Property Office promised to review periodically "existing methods of legal recourse for IP infringement to ensure they are effective, consistent, and proportionate."  On 5 Oct 2020, it announced a call for evidence from IP rights owners to inform that review.   The closing date for submissions is 11:45 on 2 Nov 2020. There are three key themes for the review;  the cost of legal challenges,  how accessible and effective the judicial process is, and  improvements to the Small Claims Track of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.  There is also a discussion on whether to include registered designs disputes within the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Track. The Introduction  states that those topics have been chosen by a working gr

Sam Marchetti - Cross Border Collaboration Masterclass

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By LiverpoolFitzy2009 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6823465   Jane Lambert I first mentioned the Menai Science Park in  M-SParc - Anglesey's Science Park   on 29 Aug 2018 and have followed its progress ever since. Over lockdown, the park's Enterprise Hub has presented some excellent webinars.  Today's Cross Border Collaboration Masterclass   by Sam Marchetti  was one of the best. Sam is founder of Consortia Co  which assists businesses to bid for work from the public and private sectors.  He began his talk by asking each of us what we did for a living,  There were about 10 of us at one point and we ranged from a senior innovation manager at Bangor University to a student. Sam described the student as the most fortunate of us because his options were unlimited. Having ascertained his audience he angled his presentation to meet our priorities.   Using animated slides one of which reminded me of the infinity sign he sketch

UK rises to Number 4 in the Global Innovation Index

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Standard YouTube Licence  Jane Lambert The Global Innovation Index  (GII") is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for innovation. It is compiled by Cornell University business school , INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires)  and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) . In their  report for 2020 , they placed the UK fourth in the GII behind Switzerland, Sweden and the USA, This is one up on the previous year though it will be seen from the graphic on page 12 of the report that the UK has been higher.  In 2015, for instance, the UK came second (see the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' press release UK ranked as world-leader in innovation   17 Sept 2015), The reason for its fourth =p;ace in the rankings appears to be as follows: "In addition, the country maintains its top three lead in the quality of its universities (2nd) and the quality of its scientific publications (1st). It ranks sixth in the quality of inno

New IP Judicial Appointments

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Author Basher Eyre Licence CC BY-SA 2.0  Source Wikipedia, Rolls Buildin g Jane Lambert Congratulations to Richard Meade QC on his appointment to the High Court bench (see the Judicial Appointments Commission press releas e of 4 Sept 2020).  He will take up his appointment on Monday.   As I said in  Appointments to the Court of Appeal   2 Aug 2020, Sir Colin Birss's elevation to the Court of Appeal gad left a vacancy in the Patents Court. It will now be filled by Richard Meade. Interestingly. the JAC press release stated that more High Court judge announcements will be made as the year progresses. In yesterday's communication to members of the IP Bar Association, Daniel Alexander QC congratulated Richard Meade and Sir Colin Birss but also reminded us of other appointments.  The Chancellor, Sir Geoffrey Vos, will be the new Master of the Rolls.   Simon Clark, Philip Harris and Brian Whitehead have been appointed to hear appeals from hearing officers in tra