A Framework For Drafting Global Patent Applications

Law360, New York (July 18, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT) -- Beginning in law school, practitioners come under an incessant barrage of advice and warnings to always think globally when drafting patent applications. Conventional wisdom commands the patent attorney to draft his or her patent applications with an eye toward worldwide enforcement, though nailing down just what must go into such a globally oriented patent application quickly turns into a daunting task.

To try to tackle the difficulty of worldwide patent prosecution, some multinational corporations develop laundry lists of bullet-point guidance, cobbled from competing national requirements and lessons learned. To try to guide their clients, some lawyers have developed tiered lists to...

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