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WIPO Patent Reforms to Take Effect on Jan. 1, 2004

Law360 (December 26, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Patent applications in multiple countries will be simplified on Jan. 1 with a a series of reforms of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) said Wednesday.

Among the reforms are a new simplified system of designating countries in which patent protection is sought and an enhanced search and preliminary examination system.

The reform process, launched under the auspices of WIPO in mid-2001, seeks to improve the efficiency of the PCT and to facilitate the ability of inventors and applicants to obtain...
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