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Monday, November 13, 2006

Trilateral Meeting

From November 13 to 17, 2006, Trilateral Meeting of Patent Offices (EPO, USPTO, JPO) is being held in Tokyo. It is reported that three Offices are exploring ways to establish "mutual recognition" or "world patent."

Of course, every practitioner knows that to realize so-called world patent is easier said than done and still a long way. The fact is that a working group will be established on this meeting to study the differences of practices (e.g. inventive step/nonobviousness) among these offices using hypothetical cases.
Information exchange as to search/examination results has been already available to these examiners.

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