Executive summary, by the Secretariat Considering the discussion at the roundtable, the delegates‘ written submissions and the Secretariat‘s background paper, several key points emerge: (1) There has been a significant increase in the number and complexity of patent applications filed in the world‘s major patent agencies, resulting in a greater backlog and substantially longer pendency periods. More applications pending for longer periods have led to greater uncertainty about which inventions are and will be protected by patent rights. The number of patents applied for and granted has grown sharply in the past 20 years, with the backlog of unprocessed applications now estimated to be 5 -10 million. This is in part due to globalisation and the expansion of geographic markets requiring
The OECD holds a second roundtable on competition, patents and innovation
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