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6 June 2014
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) hosted a meeting of the heads of the five major intellectual property offices, known as the IP5, in Busan, Korea from June 4 to 6, 2014, with the participation of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
This year marked the seventh occasion of the IP5 Heads Meeting, and brought together the heads of the five offices, Mr. Youngmin Kim, KIPO Commissioner, Mr. Benoît Battistelli, EPO President, Mr. Hideo Hato, JPO Commissioner, Dr. Changyu Shen, SIPO Commissioner, and Ms. Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Director of the USPTO to discuss a wide-ranging agenda on how to further increase the efficiency and quality of the patent granting process and enhance work-sharing among the five offices. Mr. Yoshiyuki Takagi, Assistant Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization attended as an observer.
Delivering on their commitments, the IP5 heads agreed to:
Prior to the meeting, the IP5 heads met representatives from six industry groups of the IP5 regions: the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), BUSINESSEUROPE (BE), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Korea Intellectual Property Association (KINPA), and the Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC) to hear views and opinions on IP5 agenda topics, particularly the Global Dossier and patent information exchange, work-sharing and quality, development of the PCT and the PPH system, patent harmonization and the next steps of IP5 cooperation. The IP5 Offices reaffirmed the importance of having users directly involved in the improvement of the global patent system.
Commissioner Kim emphasized that this year's meeting presented a good opportunity for the five offices to move forward with making their services and policies more user-friendly and efficient. The five Offices agreed to continue their endeavours in providing sustainable and reliable IP services to users.
The next IP5 Heads Meeting will be hosted by SIPO in China in 2015.
More information on the IP5 cooperation can be found at www.fiveipoffices.org