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March 26, 2002
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Press Release, 02-23

Under Secretary Rogan Speaks to International Patent Conference

Inaugural WIPO presentation stresses need to simplify international patent process

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today made his first presentation before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva at a conference on the international patent system. In his remarks, Rogan told WIPO member organizations that "the foundation of an international patent system exists in the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Patent Law Treaty, and in the Agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property." WIPO member organizations should "seek opportunities to build maximum efficiencies into the existing foundation," he continued.

The purpose of the conference is to identify and analyze measures to help reshape the international patent system to ensure that no patent applicant is disadvantaged when filing abroad.

"A little more than 45% of the 364,000 patent applications the USPTO expects to receive this year come from abroad. We would enjoy a significant reduction in our workload if, rather than doing our own search and examination of the applications we receive from abroad, we could rely on the searches and examinations already done by other patents offices as the basis for granting a U.S. patent," Under Secretary Rogan also pointed out. "The United States is committed to working with WIPO members to reconcile search and examination standards in which patent applicants from around the world could have confidence," he added.

The full text of Under Secretary Rogan's speech can be found at http://www.uspto.gov//news/pr/2002/wipo26mar2002.xml .

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