WIPO opened its Beijing office during WIPO Director Francis Gurry’s official visit between July 9 to 11, 2014.
The opening of a China Office is seen as a sign of close cooperation between WIPO and China. Among other things, the office will promote use of WIPO’s services as the administration body for the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
More details are available at http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2014/article_0011.html.
In June 2014, Canada released it IPO Annual Report 2012-2013, the first year under CIPO’s new 5-year Business Strategy.
A copy of the report can be downloaded at:
A copy of CIPO’s 5-year Business Strategy 2012-2017 can be found at:
In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, in which the Court ruled that a computerized scheme for mitigation settlement risk was not patentable, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for comments on guidance pertaining to patent-eligible subject. Those interested in commenting can click to go to FR36786.