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Japan to help bolster patent offices in Eastern Europe

GENEVA -- Japan will send experts to four Eastern European nations to help establish entities that conduct pre-filing international patent searches, speeding up reviews of applications.

     Japan Patent Office Commissioner Hitoshi Ito signed memorandums of understanding here on Tuesday with his counterparts from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Officials are gathering for the World Intellectual Property Organization's general assembly that started this week.

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