USPTO Patent Summit Stirs Concerns

Law360, New York (January 27, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A summit hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week has raised concerns that the U.S. is leading a multilateral effort to supersede the authority of the World Intellectual Property Organization and stamp out a development agenda.

The closed meeting is expected to include only the patent offices of U.S., the European Union, Japan, Canada and Australia. Officially, WIPO does not oppose the meeting, scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4.

“This exploratory meeting will be an important step in getting substantive patent law harmonization...
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