International Patent Law: Should United States and Foreign Patent Laws be Uniform? An Analysis of the Benefits, Problems, and Barriers

June 16, 2012

This article blends three areas of law: international law, comparative law and intellectual property. Specifically, this article discusses the benefits and problems associated with harmonizing United States patent laws with foreign systems. It does so by analyzing the historical and contemporary ramifications of uniform patent laws. In addition, it highlights recent attempts in Congress—The Patent Reform Act of 2007—to harmonize United States laws with foreign systems.