A Patent Library On Cd? Yes, But There's A Hitch

For the past two years, patent officials in the U. S., Europe, and Japan have quietly been trying to forge a common standard for storing patent data on the compact-disk-size platters known as CD ROMs. It now appears the effort is headed for a showdown in October. That's when U. S. and European officials expect to settle on their final specification--one that's at odds with what Japan wants.

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