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“Make international organizations more user-friendly!”

JPO Commissioner's general statement at WIPO general assembly

October 2, 2018

From September 24 to October 2, 2018, the 58th Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was held in Geneva. The delegation from Japan, which includes Ms. Munakata, Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO); and Mr. Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the JPO, attended the meetings. At the opening session, on behalf of Japan, Commissioner Munakata delivered a general statement. Through the statement, she explained Japan’s efforts for supporting startups and other measures and showed Japan’s expectations for WIPO to act as a role model for other international organizations in terms of user-friendliness.

1. Delivering a general statement at the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO

On behalf of Japan, Commissioner Munakata delivered a general statement at the beginning of the opening session. She stated that WIPO should provide its services from the user’s perspective, in the light of the fact that a large part of WIPO’s income is covered by fees, and she showed Japan’s expectations for WIPO to act as a role model for other international organizations in terms of user-friendliness.

 

In addition, she explained the JPO’s efforts for improving user-friendliness of its services from the user’s perspective, stating that other IP offices also should place the same emphasis on user-friendliness. Details of the explanation are as follows:

The JPO:

2. Meetings with other participating patent offices

Taking the opportunity of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, the JPO had meetings with other participating IP offices in over 20 countries and regions, including European and North American, Asian, Latin American, African and Middle Eastern offices.* At these meetings, the JPO agreed with the respective partner countries to further fortify cooperation relationships in the future.

*Note:
The JPO held meetings with representatives of the following offices:

Division in Charge

International Policy Division & International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO