Monday IPDate February 5, 2024

World IP news: from EPO and United States

Patent news

EPO: New study shows inventions to fight cancer are up by more than 70% since 2015

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the EPO has just released a new study, which finds that innovation in the fight against cancer has surged by 70% between 2015 and 2021.

Patent news

USPTO: Over $39.3 million donated in free legal services to inventors and small businesses

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released a report to Congress, as required by the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022 (the Act or UAIA), assessing the health and functionality of the patent pro bono programs. The study found that the patent pro bono programs are successfully expanding access to the patent system to financially underresourced independent inventors and small businesses, with more than $39.3 million donated by volunteer patent attorneys and non-attorney advocates (patent agents) from 2015-2022.