U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Creates Office of International Patent Cooperation

By Min Wu

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation, according to IP-Watch. The new office aims at implementing international patent cooperation efforts in the United States and harmonizing patent systems. 

The new office will help “increase certainty of IP rights while reducing costs for our stakeholders,” said USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee in a statement. 

The achievements of USPTO in international patent cooperation include the Patent Prosecution Highway, the Global Patent Search Network, and the Cooperative Patent Classification system.