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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

JIPA's Comment on New IDS Proposal

On September 7, 2006, Japan Intellectual Property Association published a comment on the USPTO's proposal of the changes to Information Disclosure Statement Requirements.

JIPA expressed in the comment dissatisfaction over the proposed additional explanation about explanation of relevancy, patentability justification, and, especially, they are against the proposal in that the additional explanation is to be automatically required for non-English prior art document.

Unification of patent application format is an agenda in the framework of Trilateral Conference (USPTO, EPO, JPO) or of WIPO, but it doesn't seem that IDS issue is included there, nor that JPO has made its comment on this proposal by USPTO.

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