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Japan Patent OfficeThe IP5 Offices Hold the Inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5)

On December 3 and 4, 2015, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) (OHIM), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) held the inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) in Alexandria, VA, U.S.A.
At this inaugural Meeting, the ID5 Partners agree to hold their continued discussions, shared challenges that they should take on such as the international classification for industrial design, and decided to regularly hold Meetings of the ID5 in the future.

1. Background

The total number of industrial design applications filed with IP5 Offices account for about 90% of all industrial design applications filed worldwide. The IP5 Offices, namely, the JPO, USPTO, OHIM, SIPO, and KIPO, held the inaugural ID5 Forum and affirmed their international cooperation concerning the industrial design system. At the same time, the ID5 Partners agree to promote the cooperation in the field of designs between them in the future.

2. Major achievements of the inaugural Meeting

(1) Sharing of the latest information on each office’s practical duties and statistics

The ID5 Partners shared information on each office’s statistics, quality control, and procedures for examination and registration. Also, they decided to compile statistical information on matters such as the design applications filed with each IP5 Office and the first action pendency.

(2) Sharing and organizing information on design classification

The ID5 Partners agreed to organize the operation of the international classification for industrial designs by each ID5 Office and to share information on design classification because such measures are important in order to reduce users’ burdens concerning design rights searches.

(3) Discussions on future efforts for other matters

The representatives of the ID5 Partners held discussions on matters such as the development of a website for the ID5, the study of priority document exchange through the Digital Access Service (DAS), and the protection of emerging designs, such as animated designs, 3D images, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).

3. Future efforts

The JPO will continue promoting international cooperation under the framework of the ID5 toward the development of an environment under which the design rights of Japanese companies are appropriately protected and utilized worldwide, thereby endeavoring to support such companies in developing their businesses overseas.

Release date

December 7, 2015

Division in charge

  • Design Division, Patent and Design Examination Department (Physics, Optics, Social Infrastructure and Design), JPO
  • International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO
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