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The aim of this study was to conduct a survey based on interviews on the communication, publication and patenting practices of scientists and researchers working outside industry in the EC Member States and to establish thereby what views are held on the nationally and internationally debated possibility of introducing a novelty grace period into national patent law and international or regional patent agreements. The study was carried out in five Member States of the EC and covered 120 scientists and researchers in 19 research establishments in which research is conducted in virtually all scientific fields. The survey showed that 41.66% of those interviewed considered the introduction of a novelty grace period as indispensable and 53.34% as desirable. Only 5% of those interviewed considered such a move not necessary. A majority of 58.33% preferred a 12-month period, 30% a 6-month period and only 5.83% considered a longer period necessary, while remaining largely convinced that a period of six or 12 months would substantially improve the current situation.

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Authors: STRAUS J IPP, D, IPP, D
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11271 EN (1988) FS, PP 52, BFR 200, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, BP 1003, GDL, BP 1003, GDL
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