If you are interested in international patent harmonization, you should read the USPTO's Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Shira Perlmutter's post:
"On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the USPTO hosted a roundtable on
International Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law at our headquarters in
Alexandria, Virginia. Roundtables like this one are essential tools for the
USPTO to hear and understand stakeholder views on key intellectual property
topics and their effects on various stakeholder and public policy interests,
and we were glad to have a broad representation of stakeholders join us for the
In her opening remarks, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual
Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee said that although
the USPTO and offices around the world have in recent years invested significantly
in work sharing, the lack of harmonized laws related to key examination issues
remains a barrier to more efficient and effective reuse of work. These key
issues include the definition and scope of prior art, the grace period, as well
as issues related to conditions for patentability, including novelty and
Following Deputy Under Secretary Lee’s remarks, Commissioner for Patents
Peggy Focarino introduced patent experts from the USPTO, the Japan Patent
Office, the European Patent Office, and the U.K. Intellectual Property Office,
who presented reports on the results of recent surveys on specific
harmonization issues, including the grace period.
The roundtable discussion that followed was moderated by Robert Armitage,
former General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company, and featured panelists
representing a broad spectrum of U.S. stakeholder interests, including: Q. Todd
Dickinson, former USPTO Director; Herb Wamsley, Executive Director,
Intellectual Property Owners Association of America; Hans Sauer, Associate
General Counsel, Biotechnology Industry Organization; and James Love, Director,
Knowledge Ecology International.
The panelists gave their views on the importance of harmonization and its
impacts on stakeholders and the public, and indicated a willingness to be
flexible in achieving workable compromise solutions. We will use this input and
the position of flexibility as we work with partner offices to determine an
appropriate course to decrease work sharing barriers.
Throughout the next year, the USPTO Office of Policy and International
Affairs will work closely with our international counterparts in Group B+, our
group in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to establish a
clear path forward in patent law harmonization. Read Deputy
Director Lee’s remarks to the heads of Group B+ offices at WIPO, September
23, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Learn more about the Roundtable
on International Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law or watch the webcast."
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