Half Of US Cos. Seek Bulk Of Patents Abroad, Report Finds

Law360, New York (April 29, 2013, 4:55 PM ET) -- Half of companies from the U.S. are now filing the majority of their patent applications overseas, as worldwide patent protection becomes increasingly important, a study released Monday said.

Inovia LLC, a provider of foreign filing platforms, surveyed 125 companies in January about their patent filing activities for its annual Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. It found that 50 percent of respondents said they filed more than half of their patent applications overseas in 2012.

That figure was up from 42 percent in 2011, which the...
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