WIPO to Offer Supplementary International Search Report
Gurry later told Intellectual Property Watch that, “because of the increasing linguistic diversity, it is increasingly difficult for a single office to cover all languages,” adding, “This supplemental international search would enable an applicant to request, in addition to the principal search, a supplementary search from another international authority.”
“I think it should be OK but I can’t say it’s done,” he said. He said he sees no major stumbling block to the proposal being approved later this month. If approved, it would go into effect on 1 January 2009.