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Monday, July 31, 2006

Inventive Step

On June 20, 2006, Nikkan-Kogyo Shinbun posted an article in which it said that Japan Patent Office will host a meeting, in July at earliest, on “Inventive Step” inviting industry, Japan Patent Attorney Association, and so on.

This is reflected by the opinions from the industry that the level of inventive step has recently been allegedly getting tougher both in JPO and courts, especially compared with the standard in Europe or US. The article reported that meetings’ results will be compiled by the end of March, 2007, which might be incorporated in the JPO’s Patent Examination Guidelines.

As of the end of this July, the meeting does not seem to have been held yet, as far as I know. I would like to update on this issue when some progress will be made.

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