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United States of America to Accede to PLT

24-Sep-2013 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 6925
GENEVA - The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) notified the deposit by the Government of the United States of America, on September 18, 2013, of its instrument of ratification of the Patent Law Treaty, adopted in Geneva, on June 1, 2000. The said instrument contained a declaration in accordance with Article 23(1).

According to WIPO, the said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the United States of America, on December 18, 2013.

The PLT is designed to streamline and harmonize formal requirements set by national or regional Patent Offices for the filing of national or regional patent applications, the maintenance of patents and certain additional requirements related to patents or patent applications, as for example communications, representation or recordation of changes concerning patents and patent applications. Its provisions refer as much as possible to the provisions of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and its Regulations in order to keep the Treaty as simple as possible, and to avoid creating different international standards regarding patent formalities with respect to national and to international applications. The harmonization of procedures under national laws is expected to result in easier access to worldwide patent protection and cost reduction for applicants in those procedures. It should also reduce the administrative costs of Patent Offices of both industrialized and developing countries, the benefit of which could be passed on to applicants in the form of lower fees.
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