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Is Colombia’s speedy patent prosecution a blessing or a curse?

Ellie Mertens, New York

The Colombian patent office’s fast decisions can accelerate examinations in other countries, but also complicate prior art

Colombia’s patent office takes an average of 22-30 months to reach final decisions, which is fast in comparison with the region and also the world. This is important because patent offices with patent prosecution highways (PPHs) process applications that have...

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