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WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF PATENTING IN MANY COUNTRIES.
« on: June 14, 2017, 05:41:12 PM »
A few questions.
Does the patenting of an invention in one country prevent the patenting of the same invention
by others in other countries because the 'novelty' is no longer present ?
Is patenting in many countries simply to allow prosecution for infringement in a particular country
inasmuch as you can only prosecute in a country where you hold the patent ?

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Re: WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF PATENTING IN MANY COUNTRIES.
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 08:48:12 AM »
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Does the patenting of an invention in one country prevent the patenting of the same invention
by others in other countries because the 'novelty' is no longer present ?
Yes.  If you have a patent in country A nobody else should be able to patent the same thing in Country B (or any other country that I am aware of).

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Is patenting in many countries simply to allow prosecution for infringement in a particular country
inasmuch as you can only prosecute in a country where you hold the patent ?
That is one reason.  There are business reasons too.  For example, if you were a USA company that has a new drug you may want to license the rights to sell that drug in Japan to a Japanese drug company.  You could not do that license without first having a patent in Japan so that patent serves as a tool to force a license in different parts of the world.



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