Archive for April 2014

Progress in the harmonisation of the patent system


Last week in Trieste, Italy, I attended two meetings involving patent offices and industry from three regions (Europe, the US and Japan), dedicated to the harmonisation of rules, procedures and practices of the patent system. The first meeting was a further session of the so-called Tegernsee group, composed of heads of Office and experts from […]

Patents and standards: a challenging task for patent offices


On 25 March 2014, a comprehensive study titled ‚ÄúPatents and Standards: A modern framework for IPR-based standardization‚ÄĚ was published by a policy consortium known as ECSIP, working for the EU Commission DG Enterprise and Industry. Over the past decade, the relationship between standards and patents has become a subject of lively public debate, particularly in […]