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Comparative patent quality in the United States and Europe

By Colleen Chien

Both the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office are strongly committed to issuing high-quality patent assets, and have strengths as well as weaknesses that need addressing

I know well the difficulty of drawing a line between the things which are worth to the public the embarrassment of an exclusive patent, and those which are not. Thomas Jefferson, 1813 The job of a patent examiner is to award patents to inventions that are novel, inventive, adequately disclosed and useful. Easier said than done. For nearly as long as there have been patents, there have...

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Issue 81