Harmonisation of European PCT patent practice

The Nordic Patent Institute is committed to extensive cooperation on quality assurance, including harmonisation of patent practice internally between the participating offices as well as with European PCT authorities.

In September the Nordic Patent Institute participated in a first meeting in Helsinki, together with the other European PCT authorities: EPO, Spain, Austria, Finland and Sweden. The meeting focused on the use of quality assurance systems in the Offices, and a plan was established for further work in harmonisation of patent practice.

Another meeting will be held in November, focusing on harmonisation of search methods.