WIPO Patent Harmonization Stumbles, Raising Concerns

Law360, New York (June 6, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a setback for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s efforts to streamline patent law across jurisdictions, a panel has failed to break a stalemate in drawn-out talks over WIPO’s ill-fated patent harmonization treaty.

A meeting of WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents last week failed to break a deadlock between developed and developing countries over development aspects in the proposed treaty, sources say.

WIPO Director-General Kamil Idris has called for a treaty that would emphasize improving patent quality, avoiding encroachments on the public domain...
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