The grace period for patent application filing is the amount of time a patent applicant has to file the application after the invention has been disclosed to the public. The rules and amount of time allowed vary greatly among countries. This comment explores the theoretical justifications for a grace period, the structural elements of a grace period, and other approaches to a grace period used in countries outside of the United States. The author proposes an ideal grace period model that would create international harmonization.
Renee E. Metzler,
Not All Grace Periods Are Created Equal: Building a Grace Period From the Ground Up,
13 Marq. Intellectual Property L. Rev. 371
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/iplr/vol13/iss2/6