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European Patent Office (EPO) practice, guided by the European Patent Convention (EPC) is in many aspects very similar to Europe's national patent practice, such as the German patent law. In this article, the US practitioner is briefly reminded of some of the considerable differences between US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent prosecution practice and its European counterparts, primarily the EPO. The utility model is highlighted and discussed using the patent laws of Germany as a case study for comparison. Additionally, this paper examines the potential benefits of utility model protection in the US, as well as what changes would be required in order to minimize any negative impact of the introduction of such a new intellectual property (IP) right to the existing US legal system.


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  • Subject
    • Intellectual Property Law

    • International Law

  • Journal title
    • Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum

  • Volume
    • 2009

  • Pagination
    • 1-15

  • Date submitted

    7 November 2022

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