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The Japan Patent Office The 29th Heads Meeting between the JPO and KIPO, the 17th TRIPO Heads Meeting among the JPO, KIPO and SIPO, and Japan-Korea-China IP Symposium Held

On December 6 and 7, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) held, in Jeju Island, the Republic of Korea (ROK), the 29th Heads Meeting between the JPO and KIPO, the 17th TRIPO Heads Meeting among the JPO, KIPO and SIPO and Japan-Korea-China IP Symposium.

1. Background

China and the ROK have been positioned, respectively, as the first- and third-largest trade partners of Japan, accounting for one-quarter of the total import-export value of Japan. As shown by this scale, Japan has established close economic relationships with China and the ROK. Moreover, the number of international patent applications filed with the JPO, SIPO and KIPO in 2016 was 1.87 million, accounting for more than half of the total number of patent applications filed worldwide(3.13 million). This fact reveals that the enhanced cooperation between the JPO, SIPO and KIPO is increasingly important in the development of the intellectual property(IP)systems at the global level.

Bearing this in mind, the JPO, SIPO and KIPO have been holding heads meetings since 2001 to advance cooperation in the fields of patents, designs, automatization, examinations, and human resource development. Looking at the JPO-KIPO bilateral relationships, both sides have been holding heads meetings since 1983 to advance cooperation in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks, automatization, examinations, and human resource development. Following on from these efforts, on December 6, 2017, in Jeju Island, ROK, the three patent offices held the 29th Heads Meeting between the JPO and KIPO and the 17th TRIPO Heads Meeting among the JPO, KIPO and SIPO.

Moreover, on December 7, 2017, they held a Japan-Korea-China IP Symposium.

2. Major achievements of the meetings

(1)The 29th Bilateral Heads Meeting between the JPO and KIPO

Cooperation concerning the fourth industrial revolution
The JPO and KIPO agreed on information sharing concerning efforts for addressing the fourth industrial revolution, for e.g., the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into services.

(2)The 17th TRIPO Heads Meeting among the JPO, KIPO and SIPO

Cooperation in the field of appeals and trials
The three offices approved the results of comparative research concerning administrative systems in Japan, China and the ROK for solving disputes over the scope of patent rights, targeting JPO's Hantei (advisory opinion on the technical scope of a patented invention) System, KIPO's appeals and trials for confirmation of IP rights, and SIPO's administrative control, and they agreed on the release of the results to the public.
JPO-KIPO-SIPO cooperation frameworks
Concerning approaches to advancing JPO-KIPO-SIPO cooperation, the offices agreed that they will annually revise frameworks under which the offices advance cooperation by converging resources from important fields.

3. Japan-Korea-China IP Symposium

Taking opportunity of the 17th TRIPO Meeting among the JPO, KIPO, and SIPO, the offices jointly held a symposium. Concerning IP strategies tailored to the fourth industrial revolution, experts from the three countries made presentations and exchanged views in a panel discussion.

4. Future actions

Aiming to enhance the cooperation ties with the rest of the world under various frameworks of each country and to smoothly and appropriately protect and utilize IP rights of Japanese companies at the global level, the JPO will endeavor to establish the environments for the IP systems.

Release date

December 8, 2017

Division in Charge

International Policy Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office

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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