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SPECIAL SUMMARY REPORT

THE GREAT DEBATE

FIRST-TO-INVENT vs. FIRST-TO-FILE

and the

INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION TREATY





TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Instructions
for: Duplication,
Distribution, Use of
Information


Introduction

I.
Credits


II.
Foreword


III.
WSJ Article


IV.
Synopsis-Europe
Legislation


V.
Synopsis-U.S.
Legislation


VI.
Key Questions
#1 / #2 / #3 / #4
#5 / #6 / #7 / #8
#9 / #10 / #11 / #12 #13 / #14 / #15

VII.
Arguments & Rebuttals
At-A-Glance


VIII.
Closing Comments &
Recommendations


IX.
Notes



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  • IV. KEY QUESTIONS: #12

    In a just-released study (April, 1992) entitled "Business Intellectual Property Protection" by MO-SCI Corporation, Missouri, under contract to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a random sampling of 376 firms in the "Corporate Technology Directory" were asked as part of an in-depth survey whether they were "for" or "against" the patent system change from "First-to-Invent" to "First-to-File".

      SMALL BUSINESSES: (under 500 employees)

      66% were "AGAINST" the first-to-file system change

      20% were "for" the change



      LARGE BUSINESSES:(over 500 employees)

      47% were "AGAINST" the first-to-file system change

      41% were "for" the change

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