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METI Minister Seko Holds Meeting with WIPO Director General Gurry

February 15, 2019

The Japan Patent Office

On February 14 (Thur.), 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, held a meeting in Tokyo with Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Director General Gurry proposed cooperation between the WIPO and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan and Minister Seko welcomed the proposal.

At the meeting, Director General Gurry congratulated Minister Seko on Osaka winning the rights to host the 2025 World Expo, and suggested that WIPO would be happy to work with the JPO to support the Expo, an idea which was warmly welcomed by Minister Seko.

Moreover, they agreed on further cooperation between Japan and the WIPO in developing intellectual property systems and fostering human resources in developing countries.

Furthermore, they confirmed that, taking the opportunity of TICAD 7, an international conference to be held in Yokohama in August 2019, they will broadly communicate the results of their efforts for utilization of intellectual property in Africa which employed the WIPO/Japan Funds-In-Trust.

Director General Gurry and Minister Seko

Second person from front left: Director General Gurry; First person from front right: JPO Commissioner Munakata; Second person from front right: Minister Seko


1. Relationship between WIPO and the world expositions
The world expositions held in Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1878 increased public awareness of the need for international protection of intellectual property rights for the new technologies. After negotiations at international conferences, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was concluded in 1883. The secretariat of the convention is the predecessor of the WIPO. The history of international intellectual property systems is deeply rooted in the world expositions.

2. Outline of TICAD
TICAD, the acronym of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, is an international conference upholding the development of Africa as its subject. Since its inauguration in 1993, the government of Japan has been executing leadership in convening a series of conferences jointly with the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank.