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13 Reasons Why You Want to File for Patent Protection in Hong Kong

Hong Kong patent protection is fairly simple to obtain and less expensive than filing for patent protection in many other industrialized countries. Read why you may want to consider filing for patent protection in Hong Kong.

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“Hey ol’chap, is my United Kingdom patent still valid with Brexit?”

Yes, you’re alright! From a legal perspective, nothing has changed following the Referendum. The UK is a signatory to the European Patent Convention, which is separate from the European Union. Even with the UK voting to leave the EU, your United Kingdom patent is still valid, and patent protection for the UK is still available through the European Patent Office.

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New Zealand Patent Office Issues First Software Patent Under New Law

One of the hotly debated topics during New Zealand’s patent law reform was the extent to which patent protection should be available for computer-implemented inventions. There is a widely held belief that New Zealand now has a ban on software patents. So how did the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) issue a software patent under the new law that bans them?

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Impatient? How to Speed up Prosecution of European Applications Derived from PCT Applications

If you waive your right to receive a Rule 161 communication at the time you file the forms to enter the European Phase from a PCT application, it will speed up the formalities checks. Instead of waiting the entire six month term, with a waiver, the processing of your application will begin immediately.

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