Patent System

The patent system in each country is essentially governed by its respective patent office. Each patent office has a particular way of administering the patent process, and although much has been done to globally harmonise the patent systems throughout, there are still numerous inconsistencies. The following is some basic information about the patent systems in Australia as well as three of the largest and most well established patent systems in the world.

Australian patent system: the Australian patent office (IP Australia)

US patent system: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

European patent system: the European Patent Office (EPO)

Japanese patent system: Japan Patent Office (JPO)

There are well over 150 other patent systems worldwide.

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  1. not be correct;
  2. only relate to the law or practice in a given country; and/or
  3. be outdated.

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