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inovia Acquired by RWS Group

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Leading PCT and Foreign Filing Technology Provider Now Part of RWS Group

inovia, the leading foreign filing provider, has been acquired by RWS Group (LON:RWS), the intellectual property (IP) support specialist and world’s top ranking patent translation company. A longtime strategic partner and investor in inovia, RWS Group’s acquisition brings together two pioneers in the global IP field and extends the resources and services available to the international client base of both companies.

inovia is a global leader in foreign patent filing, having served thousands of clients and placing second in the world and first in the United States according toManaging Intellectual Property magazine’s annual ranking of the top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) firms. An innovator in foreign filing technology, inovia’s global instruction platform,, is itself protected by 12 granted patents and 35 pending patent applications around the world and has been recognized among WIPO’s most notable inventions.

RWS Group is a leading IP support specialist and the world’s largest patent translation company, translating more than 65,000 patents and IP-related documents each year. As a pioneer in translation services, RWS has been ISO 9001 accredited since 1992, making it the first translation and information company to be awarded Quality Accreditation by the International Standards Organization. It is because of this proven expertise that inovia has recommended RWS Group’s translation services to its clients since 2011.

The depth and breadth of services generated by the newly combined offering will ensure that clients receive the highest quality patent translations delivered via the world’s most sophisticated foreign filing platform.

“Being acquired by RWS is a win-win for inovia, for RWS, and for the thousands of clients we serve,” said David Nelson, CEO of inovia. “Our complementary offerings and mutual dedication to the advancement of outsourced IP solutions makes this a natural fit and rewarding relationship for all. Under the RWS Group umbrella, we will continue to focus on client service and product improvements, with additional resources available for product engineering and research and development.”

“We have been impressed for some time with inovia’s cutting-edge technology platform, innovative approach to streamlining foreign patent filing, and the quality of its people,” said Andrew Brode, Executive Chairman of RWS. “As a member of the RWS family, inovia will be able to tap the company’s rich history and global expertise to extend the reach and technical capabilities of its offering and to provide users with 24/7 support.”

About inovia

inovia is the global leader in foreign patent filing, having served more than 1,500 clients. Its global instruction platform,, simplifies the PCT national stage entry, direct (Paris Convention) filing and European validation processes. With headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney, and agents covering 124 countries, inovia provides support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognized amongst WIPO's most notable inventions. For more information visit inovia at and follow the company on Twitter @inoviaIP.

About RWS

RWS Group is a leading intellectual property (IP) support specialist providing patent translation, foreign filing and search services and PatBase, a professional patent search tool with over 20,000 users. RWS is the world’s largest patent translation provider and ranks among the world’s top 10 translation companies with its other specialist teams in the technical, commercial, pharmaceutical and medical areas covering the full spectrum of translation needs. RWS serves a blue-chip client base in Europe, North America and Asia from headquarters in the UK and production sites in Europe, Tokyo, and Beijing. RWS is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L). For further information please visit:

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