other trade accords and created the World Trade Organization (WTO) to administer them. Disagreements over intellectual property rights between members are subject to the WTO’s dispute resolution procedure. The U.S., European, and Japanese patent offices have meanwhile pursued harmonization on a bilateral and trilateral basis, with the result, for example, that search results on identical applications are shared although not yet mutually accepted.
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