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Japan Patent OfficeJPO to Hold Japan-Singapore Intellectual Property Symposium- Commemorative project for the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) -

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) is to hold a symposium titled “Cooperation between the Japan Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore; and IP Users’ Expectations” on March 28, 2016. At the symposium, the JPO, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), and Intellectual Property (IP) system users will make presentations, and through a panel discussion, they will also discuss the direction in which both offices will realize a useful IP system.

1. Purpose of the symposium

For the purpose of developing human resources in the IP field, the JPO has built good relationships with the IPOS. For example, the JPO has sent experts to the IPOS since FY 1982, has invited trainees from Singapore since FY 1996,*1 and also has sent patent examiners from the JPO to the IPOS since FY 2013 aiming to provide training in patent examination practices.*2
Currently, the IPOS has introduced substantive examinations*3 to judge whether a patent application complies with requirements for patentability or not. In August 2015, both offices agreed on a program to cooperate in contributing to the enhancement of the examination capability of the IPOS as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA), which are international standards.*4 Accordingly, the relationship between both offices has been further developed.

Through these efforts, in 2016, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Singapore, the JPO will hold a symposium titled “Cooperation between the Japan Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore; and IP Users’ Expectations”. The theme of this symposium is intellectual property, which is the foundation of the economic activities between Japan and Singapore.

The symposium has been recognized as a commemorative project for the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

http://www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/events_SJ50PA.htm External Site Link(in English)
http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/s_sa/sea2/sg/page3_001496.html External Site Link (in Japanese)


Logo for the commemorative projects for the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50)

2. Outline of the symposium

At the symposium, not only will the initiatives and prospects for the global IP protection of both offices be introduced, but also IP system users’ actual IP utilization originating from Japan and Singapore in ASEAN will be introduced. In addition, based on these introductions, a panel discussion on “Expected Cooperation between JPO and IPOS” will be held. The direction in which both offices, which will lead the IP system in the Asian region, will realize a user-friendly IP system will also be discussed.

Date: March 28 (Mon.), 2016, from 13:00 to 17:00 (reception will open at 12:00)
Venue: Mita Kaigisho (Mita Conference Hall) Auditorium, 2-1-8, Mita, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Languages: Japanese and English; simultaneous translation will be available between Japanese and English.
Capacity: About 200
How to register: Please register in advance via the JPO website (free of charge, first come, first served).
JPO website:
http://www.jpo.go.jp/torikumi_e/hiroba_e/asean_symposium2016_e.htm External Site Link
*Note: The program posted on the website will be updated as required in the future.

*1: 22 experts have been sent to Singapore (from FY 1982 to FY 2015).
34 trainees have been invited from Singapore (from FY 1996 to FY 2015).

*2: 10 Patent examiners have been sent to the IPOS from the JPO (4 in FY 2013, 5 in FY 2014, and 1 in FY 2015). In addition, a JPO examiner has been sent as a long-term senior patent examiner to the IPOS since December 2014.

*3: In February 2014, the revised Singapore Patents Act came into force. The system transitioned from a Self-assessment Patent System, under which an application could be granted a patent even when its examination report includes negative opinions on its patentability, to a substantive examination system (Positive Grant System), where only patent applications which have fully positive examination reports can be granted

*4: Commencement of an examination capability enhancement program through collaboration between the public and private sectors (August 2015 press release)
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2015/0826_01.html

Release date

February 5, 2016

Division in charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

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