WIPO attacks backlogs

WIPO Symposium Concludes Global Patent Application Backlogs Unsustainable
Geneva, September 18, 2009
A two-day international symposium concluded on September 18, 2009 with broad agreement on the need to pool efforts at the international level to address the problem of backlogs in patent applications.

USA: important decision concerning Bamboo fibre

Since a few years a significant number of European textile companies are incorporating viscose fibre derived from bamboo in some of their products, with labels claiming specific properties for the fact that bamboo is used as the cellulose source, instead of the wood pulp (beech, pine or eucalyptus) used in European viscose plants. Number of those fabrics are transformed and then exported as garments or home textiles in the USA.

Short guide on geotextile standards

This guide offers a survey of EN and ISO standards related to geotextiles and geotextile-related products (geosynthetic barriers (geomembranes) non included).

European geotextile standards can be roughly divided in product specifications (related to applications) and test methods. This guide will give a summary of the content of the product specifications and a short description of the test methods.

Divisional applications for European Patents

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, composed by its contracting states, has agreed to a proposal from the European Patent Office (EPO) to introduce time limits for the filing of divisional applications.

The EPO proposal was found both adequate and appropriate for dealing with the issues currently being tackled by the EPO within its "Raising the bar" project, namely improving overall quality and enhancing legal certainty while ensuring that legitimate rights and expectations are fully served.

Triexta : new generic fiber name

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final rule, effective March 26, 2009, that establishes the subclass name triexta as an alternative to the generic name polyester for a subclass of polyester fibers made from poly(trimethylene terephthalate).

The petitioners who sought this designation stated that PTT fiber, while having the same general chemical composition of polyester, has distinctive features of durability, resilience, softness and ability to stretch with recovery that make it significantly more suitable than conventional polyester for carpet and apparel.