Claim format harmonisation
Document No: PUB 20A/13
The Federation’s proposal for international claim format harmonisation, to facilitate cooperation between patent offices and to help users
The Federation’s members are all engaged in international commercial activity and patenting. As patentees and/or as potential infringers of third-party patents, they waste time and money to the extent there are unnecessary differences in law and procedure between major territories. The same differences waste the time of patent office examiners, who are less able to take advantage of each other’s work. There are differences whose elimination –
- should be readily negotiable internationally because they do not raise fundamental issues of principle (as differences in grace periods, exceptions and limitations, and industrial applicability do); and
- should offer particular savings because they are of practical relevance to most inventions rather than just to a minority of inventions (as are the more fundamental differences just referred to).