Japan Eyes Shared Patent Process

Law360, New York (January 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Japanese government has proposed a far-reaching plan for standardizing patent application procedures so they can be used by every country in the Asia-Pacific region.

If adopted, the plan would ease the process of obtaining intellectual property rights by standardizing application forms and, perhaps more importantly, sharing screening results.

Japan announced its proposal Wednesday in Canberra, Australia at a meeting of the Intellectual Property Forum of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). It hopes the plan will be given the green light in September, when APEC’s economic...
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