[Ip-health] Group B proposal on Future Work for the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Oct 13 08:42:25 PDT 2010

Group B proposal on Future Work

1. Recalling that the SCP was established to serve as a forum to  
discuss issues, facilitate coordination and provide guidance  
concerning the progressive international development of patent law,

2. Noting that the objectives of the patent system are to promote  
innovation and foster technological and economic development and that,  
in order to meet the above objectives, that patent system must be well- 
functioning and balance the interests of inventors and patent owners  
with the interests of third parties and the public, in particular by  

- Granted patents of high quality through appropriate application of  
patentability requirements;
- Effective dissemination of patent information to IP Offices and the  
- Legal certainty for innovators, patent owners and third parties,

3. Stressing the importance of a well functioning patent system for  
countries at all level of development,

4. The SCP shall establish a work program elaborating options,  
measures and conditions, both legal and practical, that would be  
required to ensure and, where necessary improve, the issuance of high- 
quality patents.

In order to achieve this objective (high quality patents), the  
following steps may be undertaken as part of the SCP work program:

a) Exchange of information on laws and practices applied in member  
countries relating to the quality of patent application and patents  
(such as database on search and examination reports; dissemination of  
patent information; substantive patent law/ inventive step);

b) Identification of those measures that are particularly suitable to  
guarantee and improve the quality of patents worldwide, and

c) Elaboration of recommendations in respect of such legislative and  
practical measures for the benefit of WIPO members.

5. In establishing the work program, due attention shall be given to  
avoiding duplication of work already undertaken in the framework of  
other WIPO Committees.


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

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