Policy Papers

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This part of the site is up-to-date from 2004; relevant position papers prior to then are obtainable from the Secretariat.

Substantive Patent Law Harmonisation [SPLH]

Document No: PP 5/15 Posted: 22 April 2015

Plea for continued efforts to find common ground for international agreement on a number of substantive aspects of patent law, including:

  • the prior art to be considered in relation to novelty,
  • the principle that the patent on a given invention should be awarded to the first inventor to file, and
  • a grace period
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