40 years ago, Chapter I of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) entered into force. The PCT initially applied in 13 states. In 2017, Jordan became the 152nd state to join the system. The year 2018 also marks the entry into force of the so-called validation agreement between the European Patent Office (EPO) and Cambodia's Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MIH). At the time, a comparable initiative was drawn up in China with respect to the validation of China patents in Cambodia. Martin Chatel, Product and Quality Manager at Dennemeyer & Associates, outlines the benefits of the validation agreements with non-member states of the European Patent Organisation.
In this video presentation, part of our Dennemeyer Annual Meeting blog post series, he examines the effect of validation agreements in terms of harmonizing patent procedures, complementarily to other existing initiatives and work-sharing mechanisms such as the Global Dossier and Patent Prosecution Highway.
Topics discussed include:
User expectations: timeliness, cost-effectiveness and predictability;
Patent Prosecution Highway: timeline, basic concept, objectives and results together with shortcomings and future trends;
EPO's Validation Agreements: concept, controversy (legal basis and sovereignty), validation procedures and cost management;
To watch the entire presentation, please access the link below.
The above article is part of a series. Read the other blog posts on the Dennemeyer Annual Meeting 2018 and watch the videos here:
The authors contribute to this blog in their personal capacity. The views expressed are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Dennemeyer IP Solutions, Dennemeyer & Associates, or Dennemeyer Consulting.