ScienceBusiness: Croatia and Norway sign up to EPO as patent body outlines need for reforms
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Date: 10 Jan 2008 18:46
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Croatia and Norway have signed up to the European Patent Convention taking the total number of European Patent Organisation member states to 34. [...] In the past 25 years, the volume of patent applications at the EPO has quadrupled to reach 208,500 in 2006, and is expected to increase further. Much of this growth is attributable to the enhanced global activity of companies, to emerging economies such as China, India and South Korea buying into the patents system, and the increasing importance of new technologies, such as information and communication technology and biotechnology.
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