Where We Work

Southeast Asia and Oceania

As the fast growing economies of other Asian and Australasian countries continue to expand and mature, interest is increasing in Asia-Pacific countries as future economic growth centers. Many large manufacturers are opening facilities in Vietnam and Indonesia. Australia and New Zealand have established intellectual property (IP) regimes that seek to implement international best practices. Singapore is fast becoming the R&D hub of Southeast Asia. Acknowledging the growing importance of these countries to the US, the Obama Administration recently announced that it is championing the Asia-Pacific region as a top priority in foreign policy. With over 20 years of international IP experience in Asia across a wide range of advanced technologies, Sughrue is well-positioned to handle the IP matters of all of our Asia-Pacific neighbors.

With an office a short distance away in Japan, Sughrue provides convenient access within the region to US-qualified local attorneys. Our Tokyo office attorneys routinely help our Asia-Pacific clients with a broad spectrum of legal matters. We draft and prosecute US patent applications, provide legal opinions on invalidity and non-infringement of US patents, and counsel our clients on export control and foreign filing license issues that so often arise in cross-border tie-ups. Since the US is a major market for their products and services, our Asia-Pacific clients also face increased risk of US litigation. Our Tokyo office attorneys are experienced in providing litigation-avoidance and/or pre-litigation counseling to address legal risks and provide possibilities for action so that our Asia-Pacific clients can implement a litigation strategy that works for their businesses while minimizing costs.

In each matter, we seek first to understand our client's specific needs, and then offer solutions to those specific needs while maintaining high levels of efficiency and productivity, controlling costs, and minimizing risks for our clients.

USPTO Publishes Rules and Examination Guidelines for Implementing ‎the AIA First-Inventor-to-File Provisions

On February 14, 2013, final rules of practice for implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith ‎America Invents Act (AIA) were published in the Federal Register. The first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA go ‎into effect on March 16, 2013.

Examination guidelines concerning the first inventor to file provisions were also published in the Federal Register ‎on February 14, 2013. The examination guidelines are provided to Office personnel and to the public to assist in ‎the implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The guidelines do not constitute substantive ‎rulemaking and do not have the force and effect of law. Nevertheless, the guidelines are an important source of ‎information for effectively practicing before the USPTO.

Links to the final rules and guidelines are below:

Changes To Implement and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the ‎Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT] [PDF]

Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents ‎Act [TEXT][PDF]