Clearance conundrums re WIPO


  • Thanks to various international treaties (e.g. the Paris Convention) the principle and approaches across most territories are broadly consistent – but there are quirks! •
  • Examination:
  • Absolute only vs absolute + relative
  • Broad vs specific terms
  • Software vs “downloadable software in the field of…”
  • Proof of use
  • Consent to use

Drawing lots Designs

  • The dotted line conundrum
  • The grace period inconsistency
  • The base design absence