Grace period

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FICPI revisits its position on a novelty grace period for patents

At least since 1983 FICPI has been expressing its support for an internationally widespread and uniform novelty grace period. In most instances, this support has been linked to a desire to achieve substantive patent law harmonization. More than a dozen resolutions have been passed, and the general view points of the federation were summarized in a position paper in 2004.

Because of recent international developments, in particular patent law reforms in the US, Japan and Korea, FICPI decided about a year ago to revisit the grace period issue. Read the full document here.

Also read FICPI White Paper on Grace period.

At least since 1983 FICPI has been expressing its support for an internationally widespread and uniform novelty grace period. In most instances, this support has been linked to a desire to achieve substantive patent law harmonization. More than a dozen resolutions have been passed, and the general view points of the federation were summarized in a position paper in 2004.

 

Because of recent international developments, in particular patent law reforms in the US, Japan and Korea, FICPI decided about a year ago to revisit the grace period issue.

 

The issue was discussed extensively within a special FICPI Working Group, and at a meeting with the Work and Study Commission (CET) in October last year. Further considerations followed at a workshop among some 25 delegates of the Executive Committee (ExCo) in January this year. Thereupon, the ExCo decided on 24 January 2013 to reconfirm its position in favor of a grace period.
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