U.S., E.U. And Japan To Step Up Patent Harmonization

Law360, New York (November 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Heads of the world’s top three patent offices have signed an agreement to work more closely together to harmonize their search strategies, electronic tools and respective patent law in the U.S., the European Union and Japan.

The memorandum of understanding was penned at the conclusion of an annual trilateral conference held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week. About 80% of patent applications around the world are handled in the U.S., the E.U. and Japan. Due to the sharp increase in patent applications, their...
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