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Global Patent System Backed

May 20, 1999

TOKYO (AP) _ Patent officials meeting in Tokyo discussed the creation of a ``global patent″ system that would allow copyrights issued in one country to be recognized in all others, an official said Thursday.

Takeshi Isayama, commissioner of the Japanese Patent Office, said establishing such a system should be a goal of future world trade talks.

He and the heads of patent offices from the United States, Europe and Canada, who wrapped up two days of talks on Thursday, agreed to the idea in principle, Isayama said.

But he noted significant differences remain.

One is the standards used in granting patents. The United States and European countries, for instance, are at odds over whether to give patents to the original inventor or the first person who shows up at the patent office.

Isayama also stressed the importance of including third world countries in an agreement. To accomplish this, developing countries must demonstrate the reliability of their patent issuing procedures and enforcement.

``Confidence must be built in the patent systems of other countries,″ Isayama said.

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