U.S., Japan To Harmonize Patent Procedures

Law360, New York (January 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan and the United States have forged a deal to streamline patent procedures by standardizing patent application formats, sharing patent examination results, and promoting electronic exchange of documents.

The plans, which were unveiled after a meeting on Monday in Washington, D.C. involving the U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Japanese Trade Minister Akira Amari, are meant to shorten and expedite the period that will be required from application to actual granting of a patent.

"The whole world will be able to benefit from this endeavor by...
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