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JPO agreed with CGPDTM on Expanded Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Property

On May 24, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM) of India signed an enhanced new Action Plan according to which the JPO and the CGPDTM will further cooperate in conducting new initiatives in the field of industrial property, including conducting follow-up of training courses for new patent examiners of the CGPDTM, and sending JPO officials to India, who are experts in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).
As seen in this effort, the JPO has been striving to fortify the cooperation with the CGPDTM and support the office in conducting efforts for accelerating patent examination. Through such cooperation, the JPO will improve the environment in India that will enable IP rights to be quickly and smoothly obtained and properly protected.

1. Background

As a growing number of Japanese companies have been developing business in India year after year, the number of patent applications filed from Japan with India has nearly tripled over this decade. This increase is also causing the stagnation of CGPDTM patent examination procedures, requiring applicants to wait for examination results for a long time.*1

Against this backdrop, in June 2015, the JPO and the CGPDTM signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and an Action Plan in the field of industrial property.*2  Under this agreement, the JPO has been advancing the development of environments in which companies are able to more quickly obtain intellectual property rights in India, such as inviting people from India to Japan for human resource development, and assisting the CGPDTM in conducting training programs for about 400 newly-employed patent examiners.

To further deepen these cooperative efforts, Mr. Masayuki Koyanagi, Deputy Commissioner of the JPO, and Mr. Om Prakash Gupta, Controller General of the CGPDTM, signed an enhanced new Action Plan according to which both offices will further cooperate in conducting new initiatives, including conducting follow-up of training courses for new patent examiners, and sending JPO experts to India to advance discussions for the early commencement of the PPH program in the country.

Notes:
*1: As of January 2017, patent applicants are estimated to wait for about 4 years and six months on average to receive examination results from the CGPDTM, while some differences in such periods depend on the technical fields of the applications, according to the JPO’s calculation result based on the data aggregated by the JETRO New Delhi Office.
*2: See the news release titled “The JPO and the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India Signed an MOC in the Field of Industrial Property” on June 30, 2015

2. Outline of the Action Plan

The JPO and the CGPDTM confirmed the following cooperative initiatives to be conducted for the coming two years.

  • Developing human resources development in the field of industrial property
  • Providing training for new patent examiners at the CGPDTM
  • Providing follow-up training for new patent examiners at the CGPDTM (new initiative)
  • Dispatching JPO experts of the PPH program to India (new initiative)
  • Holding a seminar in Japan concerning Indian intellectual property system
  • Promoting cooperation in raising awareness of intellectual property and innovations (new initiative)

3. Future actions

Based on this action plan, the JPO will fortify cooperation with the CGPDTM and support the office in conducting efforts for accelerating patent examination procedures, a goal set by the government of India, so as to shorten the current stagnation and wait times of such procedures, to 18 months by March 2018, through holding discussions for the early commencement of the PPH program and high-level meetings to discuss future cooperation in the field of industrial property.

The JPO will improve the environment in India that will enable IP rights to be quickly and smoothly obtained and properly protected.

Release date

May 25, 2017

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

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