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New Office To Harmonize Global Patent System
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created a new office to harmonize the global patent system. The new office is named the Office of International Patent Cooperation. The USPTO’s deputy commissioner stated, “the USPTO had many successful programs fostering international patent cooperation prior to the formation of this office. However, in the past several years, these programs have grown both in number and complexity.” This new office will consolidate the current USPTO offerings.