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FICPI Urges the Adoption of a Grace Period Creating a Level Playing Field for Inventors

February 5, 2016

Philip Mendes da Costa is a co-author of a recent briefing paper released by the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI). The paper discusses how inventors often lose patent rights in Europe and many Asian countries by mistake because they are unaware of particular requirements and nuances of the application process. This loss is less likely to happen in countries such as Japan and the US, which allow disclosures during a specific time before filing called a "grace period."

As a result, the FICPI urges the adoption of a global grace period to help inventors world wide.

To read the paper, download it by clicking below.

To learn more about FICPI, visit

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Philip Mendes da Costa Philip Mendes da Costa
B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
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