Deference, Not Delegation! – WIPO PCT Negotiations
Intellectual Property Watch, June 2018
5 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2019
Date Written: June 17, 2018
This short paper examines the proposal to amend the PCT Regulations so as to provide Contracting States with the possibility to delegate designated and elected Office functions to the Office of any other Contracting State or an intergovernmental organization.
The Authors submit that by granting such a power, this proposal will be tantamount to introducing substantive patent law provisions through the backdoor: an endeavour to harmonize substantive patent law that the WIPO has failed to achieve over the years.
Keywords: PCT, WIPO, Patent
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