KYOTO — Officials in charge of the patent system in Japan, the United States and Europe agreed Friday to cooperate to reduce the costs and time needed to grant patents.

Hisamitsu Arai, commissioner of the Japanese Patent Office; Bruce Lehman, commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Ingo Kober, president of the European Patent Office, issued a plan to step up cooperation toward the creation of patents that are globally recognized.

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