USPTO Invites Allies To Discuss Common Strategy In Growing WIPO Dispute

Law360, New York (December 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host an exploratory meeting in with its counterparts in Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia to build a common front in a growing conflict with developing nations at the World Intellectual Property Organization over patent-law harmonization.

The move, although expected, is seen by some as a snub to efforts by the Geneva-based WIPO’s own efforts to harmonize filings and patent regulation.

“It is clear that the group has apparently decided to proceed with harmonization talks outside of WIPO because they...
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