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Public Disclosure Grace Periods Around the World
Public disclosure prior to a patent application filing can present a significant hurdle to patentability in most countries because of absolute novelty requirements. However, to soften these requirements, many countries have grace period provisions that cover some form of inventor originated or derived public disclosures. The May 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information on grace periods and also provides a comprehensive table and map outlining these provisions around the globe.
In this issue:
- Patent Grace Periods and Public Disclosures: Finding a Saving Grace (Period) to Minimize Impact of Pre-Filing Public Disclosures
- Patent Grace Period Laws in the IP5 Patent Offices: Some Similarities But Largely Different
- Worldwide Public Disclosure Grace Periods - May 2017
- Grace Periods Around the World