EPO, JPO and USPTO discuss further harmonisation

8 November 2011

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Delegations from the EPO, Japan Patent Office (JPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are discussing ways to further harmonise their patent systems at the 29th Trilateral Conference on 7 to 10 November in St. Germain-en-Laye near Paris.

Hosted by the EPO, this year's conference looks at areas as diverse as data standards, work-sharing, patent classification and the trilateral Patent Prosecution Highway pilot project utilizing PCT work products (PPH-PCT), with the aim of developing a more integrated, quality-based patent system at global level.

A Trilateral Industry User Day, which will be held on Wednesday, will give industry representatives from the three regions the chance to present their views on how to progress in the various dossiers.

"The views and input from businesses to our projects is vital for progress in our harmonisation efforts", EPO President Benoît Battistelli said. "Innovation is a global market, and we need to better align our system with the needs of the actors on this market to secure meaningful patent protection at a high quality level".

The week will culminate in a meeting of the three heads of office on Thursday.

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