‘TRIPS flexibilities sacred; no plans to touch them’
WIPO’s plans to reform the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) are being viewed with certain scepticism by many governments and sections of the global industry. The fear is that the reformed PCT would undermine the ability of national government to make use of TRIPS flexibilities to strike the right balance between patent rights and national interests.
We plan to reform the PCT to address certain dysfunctions in the global patenting system, some of which are purely mechanical in nature. There is a choking of the patent offices across the world due to the spurt in number of patent applications in recent years.
When the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was first concluded in 1883, there were approximately 80,000 patent applications, or new technological solutions, filed around the world. As
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