WIPO launches enhanced patent information service


WIPO's Patentscope, which currently hosts data on more than 16 lakh international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), has been extended to include several collections of national and regional patent information, the Geneva-based WIPO said in a statement. Patent information is of significant practical value to businesses when planning product development, marketing strategies or seeking partnership opportunities for joint ventures.

In the first phase, Patentscope will include the patent data collections of eight patent offices. including the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Cuba, Israel, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam. Similar agreements are underway with several additional offices, and others will be added over time, WIPO said. The WIPO is an agency of the United Nations for developing a balanced and accessible international system in the field of intellectual property rights.

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