WIPO Patent Agenda Expected To Be Revived In 200822/06/2007 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch Leave a CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Much of our best content is available only to IP Watch subscribers. We are a non-profit independent news service, and subscribing to our service helps support our goals of bringing more transparency to global IP and innovation policies. To access all of our content, please subscribe now.After a one-year hiatus, the World Intellectual Property Organization likely will renew its agenda on patent policy issues in 2008 following members’ informal approval Friday of a study on patents to be conducted by the WIPO secretariat in autumn, according to officials.The WIPO study, or “state of play,” was discussed in consultations with WIPO General Assembly Chairman Enrique Manalo, the Philippines ambassador, and he plans to put it on the agenda for annual assembly meeting in September, he said. The patent agenda, discussed in the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, is being seen as a departure from contentious past debates over patent harmonisation, Manalo said. In 2007, the SCP was suspended after years of debate over harmonisation.“We’re trying to embark on a fresh start and get a discussion on patent issues in WIPO,” Manalo told Intellectual Property Watch.The “state of play” of the patent system, first referred to as a “survey,” will form the basis of discussions in a SCP meeting expected in May or June, officials said. There will be no specific discussion at this point of the Substantive Patent Law Treaty, which would further harmonise national patent laws, Manalo said.The “indicative draft outline” of the state of play includes nine categories with points beneath. Comments on the draft outline of the “state of play” are due by mid-July. The secretariat will put them together, and Manalo will prepare a new table of contents of the state of play for the assembly, he said.Manalo said it is “not an exhaustive list,” and would include as many issues as possible that are affecting the international patent system, using facts and statistics and taking into account new developments. An example might be the adoption of the Development Agenda, he said. The paper will not contain a conclusion, Manalo noted.Indicative draft outlineIntroduction: Scope of Survey and Sources of DataThe Current Multilateral FrameworkExisting International InstrumentsParis, Strasbourg (IPC), PCT, Budapest, PLT, TRIPsFramework PrinciplesParisTRIPsSubstantive Norms and FlexibilitiesParisTRIPsFormalitiesPLT (and PCT)Administrative CooperationIPC and BudapestInternational Filing and Processing SystemPCTDemand for Patent Rights and Different Interests and Needs in the International Patent SystemPatent Systems and Existing Forms of CooperationThe ApplicationSearch and ExaminationOppositionIssues in Contention: demand management; prior art; subject-matter coverage and exclusions; quality; obviousness; exceptions (including research exemption)Support Structures for the Patent SystemTechnology Disclosure through the Patent SystemTechnology Diffusion and the Patent SystemLicensing and the Transfer of TechnologyStandardsThe Innovation Incentive in the Context of other Public PoliciesHealthBiological DiversityTraditional KnowledgeEthicsPerceived Threats to the Effectiveness of Patents as Incentives to InnovationLitigationCost[End of the document]William New may be reached at email@example.com.Share this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Related"WIPO Patent Agenda Expected To Be Revived In 2008" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.