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The 1st JPO-DIPP Review Meeting Held

On September 1, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India held the 1st JPO-DIPP Review Meeting. At the meeting, the JPO encouraged India to discuss implementing the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program and expanding the grounds for requesting expedited examination. Following this, both sides additionally agreed that the JPO and the DIPP will continue to expand cooperation raising public awareness. As attached a joint statement was adopted.

1. Background

As a growing number of Japanese companies are operating in India, the number of patent applications filed from Japan to India has nearly tripled over the last decade. At the same time, a backlog in patent examination has been accumulating at the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) of India, creating long delays before the results of patent examinations are issued.*1

In responding to this situation, in June 2015, the JPO and the DIPP concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in the field of industrial property.*2 Since then, the JPO has been working to improve the IP environment enabling companies to acquire intellectual property rights in India faster. The MOC includes training programs for approximately 400 newly employed patent examiners of the CGPDTM and invitation of personnel from India to Japan for human resource development. In May 2017, the JPO and the CGPDTM concluded a new action plan that has additional cooperative initiatives such as sending JPO experts to India to share JPO’s experience regarding the PPH program with the CGPDTM.*3

Having considered of these progress, the JPO and the DIPP decided to hold the 1st JPO-DIPP Review Meeting, aiming to maintain and fortify their cooperative relationship.

2. Details of the meeting

Both sides exchanged views on the matters below, and adopted a joint statement.

  • Establish a working group on PPH to explore the possibility of bilateral PPH
  • Expand the grounds for requesting expedited examination
  • Exchange respective industrial property information including official IPR gazettes / journals
  • Cooperate in activities to raise IP awareness

Based on the joint statement, both sides held the first working group meeting on PPH on the same date.

Notes:

*1:As of January 2017, although there are some variations depending on the technical fields of the applicants, patent applications take approximately four years and six months on average to be processed before applicants receive examination results from the CGPDTM. This is based on the JPO’s calculations according to data compiled by the JETRO New Delhi Office.

*2:JPO press release: The JPO and the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India Signed an MOC in the Field of Industrial Property

*3:JPO press release: JPO agreed with CGPDTM on Expanded Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Property

3. Future actions

The JPO will continue to further advance initiatives under the joint statement to improve the IP environment in India. The JPO will especially encourage the government of India to implement the PPH program and to expand the grounds for requesting expedited examination. Moreover, the JPO will endeavor to steadily advance other cooperative activities under the joint statement.

Release date

September 4, 2017

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

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