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Japan Patent Office Third Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) Annual Meeting Held International cooperation advancing to develop a global-level environment for protecting designs

The Industrial Design 5 Forum(ID5), consisting of the Japan Patent Office(JPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office(EUIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China(SIPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), aims at the enhancement of international cooperation for design protection as well as the future international harmonization in design systems and operations. To this end, the ID5 compiled results of comparative research concerning design systems of these five major offices into reports and launched discussions concerning approaches to protecting new technological designs.

Adding to this effort, the JPO has made its design data available to "DesignView," a one-stop access point to retrieve registered design information held by 54 participating IP offices worldwide, aiming to convey Japan's designs to the rest of the world. Using DesignView, design users are able to retrieve information in Japanese on over 13 million designs registered in many countries.*

*Note:The figure for the accumulated number of retrievable registered designs shows that as of December 2017.

1. Background

Against the backdrop of the dramatic economic globalization and product commoditization, more and more companies are facing the significance of designs to win international competitiveness. Meanwhile, attractive designs are highly likely to be targets of counterfeit products. To avoid this situation, an environment is needed in which users seeking the protection of their designs are able to smoothly obtain stable design rights worldwide and be secure in making use of such rights.

As one of the international efforts to address this situation, the JPO, USPTO, EUIPO, SIPO and KIPO jointly inaugurated the ID5, an international cooperation framework in the field of designs, in 2015. The ID5, which handles over 80% of applications for design registrations, aims to enrich mutual understanding and fortify international cooperative relationships.

2. Major achievements at the meeting

At the third Annual Meeting, the ID5 achieved the following outcomes, putting a compilation of results of the comparative research concerning  design systems of the five offices at the top of them, aiming at the enhancement of international cooperation for design protection and the future international harmonization in design systems and operations.

  1. Compilation of the results of comparative research concerning design systems of the five offices based on ID5 cooperation projects
    The ID5 compiled the results of comparative research concerning design systems of the five offices into reports, focused on the requirements for protection of designs, i.e., the scope of a created design eligible to be protected, requirements for disclosure of the view and drawing for  design applications, practices of foreign priority right, design classification systems for retrieving designs, and statistic data on design applications and examinations. Following this, the ID5 agreed on the future release of the compiled reports to users.
    Moreover, the ID5 confirmed that the five offices will continue to advance the researches concerning protection of new technological designs, i.e., new designs derived from digital technologies e.g., GUI and systems and practices on partial designs and grace periods.
  2. Establishment of official ID5 website and convening of a user session
    The ID5 agreed on the establishment of an official ID5 website as a platform to share information on ID5 cooperative activities with users as below.
    Moreover, the ID5 held an ID5 user session to provide users of design systems of the five offices with an opportunity to participate in the session and directly exchange views with the offices. Responsible officials from the offices and users proactively exchanged views under the theme of protection of new technological designs.
  3. JPO's official announcement of its participation in DesignView
    At the meeting, the JPO made an announcement of its participation in "DesignView," a one-stop access point to retrieve registered design information held by 54 participating IP offices worldwide. This participation will allow users in Japan to retrieve information in Japanese on over 13 million designs registered in many countries. Moreover, this tool will also allow users worldwide to retrieve information on registered designs in Japan in 36 languages, including Japanese.
    Furthermore, in December 2018, DesignView will also start a retrieval service using Japanese Classification for Industrial Designs which is unique to Japan, on the following website:

3. Future actions

Making the ID5 collaboration closer, the JPO will continue to make efforts for developing an environment in which Japan's outstanding designs are protected and utilized worldwide in a more appropriate manner

Release date

December 6, 2017

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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