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.
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.
- Information exchange related to IT infrastructure
- Cooperation in the field of IP awareness
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.
- *1 News Release in June 2015 “The JPO and the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India Signed an MOC in the Field of Industrial Property”
- *2 News Release in May 2017 “JPO agreed with CGPDTM on Expanded Cooperation in the field of Industrial Property”
- *3 News Release in September 2017 “The 1st JPO-DIPP Review Meeting Held”
*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