Japan/Vietnam: JPO to act as ISA and IPEA for PCT applications filed in Vietnam

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) have agreed that the JPO will act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for PCT international applications filed in Vietnam on and after 1 July 2012. Vietnam is the third ASEAN country for which the JPO takes on this role, following the Philippines and Thailand.

Further information can be found on the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) English website.

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