Global Patent Prosecution 2022

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Patent Prosecution is an indispensable reference tool for IP owners, providing an overview of the hottest issues they should be aware of when securing effective patent protection in key markets around the world.

Special focus

EPO opposition procedure

The EPO allows applicants to seek patent protection in up to 44 countries via a single, centralised patent application process.

Patent prosecution in Russia

Gorodissky & Partners
IP rights, among other fundamental human rights, are introduced by the Russian Constitution and further detailed in Part IV of the Civil Code as the main civil rights legislation source (revised August 2021).

Managing your patents as an asset, not a cost

Haley Guiliano LLP
The ‘what?’ is the protection of commercially valuable knowledge.

Software patent eligibility practice at the EPO

HGF Limited
In common with many patent offices around the world, some inventions that are implemented in software may be patented before the EPO.

Life sciences patent eligibility in Latin America: a guide

Kasznar Leonardos
Patents are critical to the life sciences industry and often spark intense and heated debate.

Country Q&As


Venturini IP
According to Article 2 of the Industrial Property Law (Law 9,279/96), the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) grants two types of patent:


HGF Limited
Patents are granted for technical inventions.


Chadha & Chadha
In India, patent rights are available by way of invention patents and design patents.


Reinhold Cohn Group
Patents are governed by the Patents Law 5727-1976, as well as by various regulations relating to patents.


Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) grants patents, utility models, designs and trademarks.


Basham, Ringe y Correa SC
There are patents and utility models; patents are valid for 20 years and utility models for 15 years, counted from the filing date.


National Dutch and European patents are governed by the Dutch Patent Act 1995.

South Korea

Yoon & Lee International Patent & Law Firm
In Korea, there are three types of patent that are granted


Formosa Transnational
Three types of patent are granted in Taiwan

United States

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Three types of patent are obtainable in the United States.