By Nathaniel DeLucia
Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic recently decided to create a centralized patent office, the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), which would allow patent seekers to file a single application in order to gain protection in all four countries. Western Europe has been enjoying success with a similar centralized patent office, the European Patent Office (EPO), for years.
The VPI is representative of the larger trend toward greater centralization and harmonization of the world’s patent laws, and promises to provide many benefits to potential applicants and central Europe. These benefits include increased number of international applications, reduced cost, and ease of filing in a centralized location.
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