International Trade : Federal Action Needed To Help Small Businesses Address Foreign Patent Challenges

Author: Loren Yager
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: address, foreign, patent, challenges, businesses, small, trade, federal, action, needed, international
Number of Pages: 128
Published: 2003-12
ISBN-10: 0756729203
ISBN-13: 9780756729202

Book Description:

Small businesses are important to the U.S. economy for their roles in technological development & job creation. To fully protect & profit from their innovations, small businesses may need to obtain patents in other countries. This report identifies whether small businesses encounter any impediments in seeking patents abroad & determines whether any federal actions could help small businesses overcome those impediments. To answer these questions, the GAO convened an expert panel of U.S. patent attorneys & surveyed a number of small businesses. The respondents felt that the U.S. should promote harmonization (i.e. reduce differences) among U.S. & foreign patent systems, & reduce the high cost of foreign patents. Charts & tables.

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