Thomson Reuters Releases 2009 Patent Focus Report

    Report Examines Recent Developments at Major Patenting Authorities

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare and
Science business of Thomson Reuters today released its 2009 Patent Focus
Report. Authored by Joff Wild, editor of Intellectual Asset Management
magazine, and published in the Thomson Reuters KnowledgeLink(SM) eNewsletter,
this report explores recent activities at each of the world's major patenting
authorities (USA, Europe, Japan, China and India). The report is available
free at

    "The 2009 Patent Focus Report combines expert insight with the stories
behind the statistics," said Tim Hamer, SVP Global Marketing Services at
Thomson Reuters. "This highly anticipated report discusses the issues facing
the world's major issuing authorities and dissects significant patent disputes
and their outcomes."

    Key findings from the 2009 Patent Focus Report include:
    --  For the first time a Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd,
        topped the list of Patent Co-operation Treaty applications.
    --  The European Patent Office received 140,700 applications in 2007, up
        over 3% from the year before. In contrast, the number of patents
        granted fell from 62,800 in 2006 to 54,700 in 2008.
    --  The number of patent examiners in India has remained relatively static
        - raising questions about the quality of patents coming out of the
        Indian IP Office. In response, at the end of 2008 India announced 414
        new examiner posts to be created by 2012.
    --  For the second year in a row, the Japan Patent Office reported the
        lowest level of approved patent applications since the mid-1990s.
    --  Patent approval rates at the US Patent and Trademark Office continue
        fall to below 50% of applications examined.

    Published as part of the customizable KnowledgeLink eNewsletter, the 2009
Patent Focus Report draws on the expertise of Thomson Reuters specialists and
guest authors, and delivers unique insight into trends in information
management and cutting-edge research for information professionals, research
scientists and intellectual property specialists. KnowledgeLink is distributed
every two months to subscribers who can register for free and select their
customized content at

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