Dominating global intellectual property: Overview of patentability in the USA, Europe and Japan

Thomas J Kowalski, Antonio Maschio, Samuel H Megerditchian

Abstract


The USA, Europe and Japan dominate intellectual property. The patent offices of these three economies issue the vast majority of the world's patents and harmonisation has been a key initiative in recent years. Corporate and academic leaders, inventors and practitioners should be aware of the examination practices in all three patent offices.


Keywords


USPTO; EPO; JPO; patent; harmonisation; patentability; trilateral initiative

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5912/jcb41

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