16 Jun 2012   |   8 pages   |  

How the US and EU can boost trade - through a harmonised patent system

New laws on both sides of the Atlantic are changing the way patents will work. How can this historic convergence help inventors - and the economy? Special report of a Science|Business conference that took place in Washington on 7 May 2012.

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Something odd is happening in the world of patents: The American and European systems are starting to look more alike – and that has big implications for invention, trade and the economies on both sides of the Atlantic. With the law in both Washington and Brussels changing, there is an unprecedented opportunity for even more harmonisation. The Science|Business conference came up with a list of further areas for change. Special report of a Science|Business conference on Capitol Hill, organised in cooperation with the Transatlantic Policy Network and with the support of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.