Trilateral offices commit to cooperate
Speakers at the public users conference of the 25th annual meeting of the Trilateral Patent Offices on Thursday emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process
The Trilateral Co-operation
which comprises the USPTO, the JPO and the EPO
collectively examines well over half of all of the patent
applications in the world and began efforts to collaborate on
harmonization in 1983.
But patent offices in countries such as Korea and China are
now beginning to take on a growing proportion of worldwide
applications as well, and are likely to join cooperation
efforts in the coming years, according to panellists at
The day-long conference included three separate panels, the
first consisting of industry representatives, the second of the
trilateral office leaders and the third of IP owners and
advocates. Each set of panellists gave their perspectives on
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