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The JPO and the DIPP, MCI, India Agree in Principle to Start a Bilateral PPH

September 20, 2018

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) of the Republic of India held the Second Review Meeting on IP on August 22, 2018. After necessary coordination, both sides agreed in principle to start a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on a pilot basis in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

In addition, they agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of information technology (IT) infrastructure and IP awareness, etc.

1. Background

The JPO has been promoting the cooperation for swift acquisition of IP rights in India through a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) signed with the DIPP, MCI in July 2015*1. In May 2017, the JPO agreed the revised Action Plan enlarging fields for cooperation with the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, & Trade Marks*2. Subsequently, the First Review Meeting on IP was held and JPO and DIPP adopted a joint statement regarding their IP cooperation in September 2017*3.

The Second Review Meeting was held on August 22, 2018 in Tokyo, for the purpose of continuing and strengthening this partnership between Japan and India through monitoring the progress of the Action Plan. After the meeting, necessary coordination has continued.

2. The agreed contents after the Second Review Meeting on IP

After the Second Review Meeting on IP, the JPO and the DIPP agreed in principle to start a bilateral PPH program on a pilot basis in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019*4. In addition, both sides agreed on implementation of a variety of initiatives including the following items.

3. Future Actions

The JPO will steadily advance a series of cooperative activities based on the Joint Statement. In particular, it will continuously facilitate the necessary working-level coordination between both countries toward the smooth implementation and operation of the PPH pilot program, which will be the first-ever such implementation for India.

Notes:

*4 The PPH will be implemented after the completion of the necessary formalities such as amendment of the patent rules in India.

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO