Research and analysis

Patent Harmonisation: US & UK Study on Grace Periods

The study provides an insight into how inconsistent grace period rules affect a cross section of patent users.



In an increasingly globalised market the issue of harmonised patent laws is becoming more salient for patent offices and businesses. A grace period for patent protection is viewed as an important element of substantive patent law harmonisation, alongside publication of applications at 18 months, treatment of conflicting applications and prior user rights.

Published 23 March 2015