[Ip-health] WIPO study on inventive step

Edward Hammond eh at pricklyresearch.com
Thu Jul 9 15:01:15 PDT 2015

Scratches head. Maybe I read too many patents in the agriculture and
nutra/cosme-ceutical sectors, but I thought they dropped the requirement
for inventive step about 20 years ago. </sarcasm>


On 07/09/2015 12:20 PM, Jamie Love wrote:
> 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.
> Jamie
> http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/scp/en/scp_22/scp_22_3.pdf
> SCP/22/3
> 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
> recommendation.
> 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,
> ..............,

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