inovia 2013 indicator reportNow into its 4th edition, inovia’s U.S. Global Patent and IP Trends Indicator report highlights some interesting trends affecting the foreign filing strategies of U.S. patentees. Key findings of the survey include:

  • 50% of respondents filed more than half of their patent applications overseas in 2012. This represents a 20% increase from 2011, reflecting the growing importance of international patent protection.
  • Respondents expect to save on foreign patenting costs in 2013 by bringing steps in-house (a 91% increase from the 2012 survey), negotiating with foreign counsel (74% increase) and using non-law firm providers (73% increase).
  • Feelings about China have improved, with fewer respondents mentioning enforceability issues as a key IP trend for the coming year (as compared to past surveys). China has also become a regular filing destination for respondents.

The final report can be downloaded free of charge from

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