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Harmonization of the various global patent offices promises a bright future for innovation and technology, but it also requires a lot of planning and programming to ensure that it is realized. One major barrier in global harmonization is the lack of a standardized system for measuring patent quality. The USPTO's planned switch to the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme takes a big step in harmonization by implementing a common classification system.
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Keywords: Cooperative Patent Classification; Harmonization; Innovation; Patent quality; United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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