[Ip-health] Revised WIPO document on opposition systems (for Standing Committee on the Law of Patents)

Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Nov 10 05:51:39 PST 2011

On October 31, 2011, the WIPO secretariat released a revised document (SCP/17/9) on opposition systems in preparation for the 17th session of WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) which meets from December 5, 2011 to December 9, 2011.

Here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary:

"6. Chapter V describes the national/regional laws and practices of Australia, Brazil,
Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Portugal, the Republic of
Moldova, Spain, Sweden, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office
(EAPO) as concrete examples of different opposition systems.

7. Chapter VI finally provides some other mechanisms that are related to opposition
systems, namely, re-examination systems applied in Australia, Denmark and the United States
of America  and third party observations mechanisms available in Australia,
Denmark, China, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovak Republic, the United
Kingdom and the United States of America. They are not opposition systems stricto sensu.
However, with respect to the shared objective of increasing the quality of granted patents by
taking into account the wider knowledge of the general public, they are included in this
document with a view to providing supplementary information."

The 49 page report  can be found here:



Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

thiru at keionline.org

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