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Gurry calls for more cooperation over PCT

Eileen McDermott, Washington DC

WIPO director-general Francis Gurry described the international IP system as “under stress” during his keynote address at the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation’s fifth International Judges Conference on Intellectual Property Law in Washington DC this week

Lamenting the 3 to 5 million unprocessed patent applications pending globally, Gurry said that the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) must be moved “to a higher level of cooperation”.

He said: “The function of the PCT is to avoid...

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