[Ip-health] WIPO study on inventive step

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu Jul 9 09:20:28 PDT 2015

At the end of this month, at the WIPO Standing Committee on Patents (SCP),
one of the topics that will be discussed is a 31 page (121 paragraph) study
prepared by the Secretariat, on "Inventive Step" in national patent laws.



DATE: JULY 6, 2015
Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
Twenty-Second Session
Geneva, July 27 to 31, 2015
Document prepared by the Secretariat


1. At its twenty-first session, held from November 3 to 7, 2014, the
Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) confirmed that, in
accordance with the agreement made at its twentieth session, a study on
inventive step would be prepared by the Secretariat and be submitted to the
twenty-second session of the SCP. The Committee agreed that the study would
contain the following elements: (i) the definition of the person skilled in
the art; (ii) methodologies employed for evaluating an inventive step; and
(iii) the level of the inventive step. The Committee also agreed that the
study would be based on the information provided by Member States, and
would be a collection of factual information without analysis or

2. Pursuant to  the above decision, Member States and regional patent
offices were invited, through Note C. 8403, dated December 15, 2014, to
submit information to the International Bureau on the above elements under
the applicable law. Taking into account the submitted information,


James Love.  Knowledge Ecology International
KEI DC tel: +1.202.332.2670, US Mobile: +1.202.361.3040, Geneva Mobile:
+41.76.413.6584, twitter.com/jamie_love

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