AS FAR as statistical particulars go, the
International Bureau of the World
Intellectual Property Organisation
(w-ipo), has come up with an interesting
detail. It received its 250,000th international application for a patent early last
month, under the Patent Cooperation
Treaty (PCT). The applicant reportedly
belongs to the us and the patent was for
an application in the field of environmental technology.
While the 100,000th international
application under the PCT was received
in February 1991, 13 years after PcT took
shape, the latest landmark achieved in
only five years since the filing of the
100,000th patent application, is being
attributed to express growth of the
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