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Archived updates for Monday, November 07, 2005

IP Australia Examining U.S. International Applications

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia, Australia ’s national patent office, has initiated a pilot project to test the feasibility of IP Australia performing search and examination services for the USPTO on international applications filed with the USPTO under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

The pilot, launched last week, is part of ongoing USPTO efforts to bring down the growing backlog of U.S. national patent applications waiting to be examined.
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