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Inter-governmental Cooperation Enhanced in the Field of Intellectual Property

October 7, 2019

The 59th Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) started from September 30, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. As representatives of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Mr. MATSUNAGA Akira, Commissioner, and Mr. SHIMANO Kunihiko, Deputy Commissioner, attended the meeting, with Commissioner Matsunaga delivering a general statement at the beginning of the meeting. Taking this opportunity, the JPO held meetings with the patent offices and other relevant organizations from over 30 countries and regions,* and at each meeting, the two sides enhanced inter-governmental cooperation in the field of intellectual property (IP).

1. Delivering a general statement at the meeting

At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Matsunaga delivered a general statement as a representative of Japan. He expressed his expectations for WIPO’s contribution to international society with respect to the dissemination of innovations based on IoT, AI and other advanced technologies and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also explained Japan’s global efforts in the field of IP.

2. Bilateral and multilateral meetings with other participating patent offices

Taking the opportunity of the meeting, the JPO held bilateral and multilateral meetings with officials of IP offices and other organizations from over 30 countries and regions. At each meeting, the JPO confirmed that cooperation will continue, and concluded new agreements on cooperation in the field of IP with the following countries and regions in particular.

  1. Malaysia
    The JPO and the Intellectual外部リンク Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) concluded a memorandum of cooperation in the field of IP, and the two sides agreed on future exchange of information toward formulation and revision of examination guidelines on patents and utility models in the field of advanced technologies and other efforts under the MOC. This conclusion is expected to enhance the predictability of Malaysian examination procedures in the field of advanced technologies.
  2. The European Patent Office (EPO)
    The JPO and the EPO confirmed their existing cooperation ties and concluded a memorandum of cooperation in the field of IP.
    Taking advantage of the achievements in a series of meetings, the JPO will continue to promote international IP cooperation so that IP users in Japan and other countries will be able to acquire global patent and other IP rights with high predictability at low cost.

The JPO held meetings including the following: bilateral meetings with patent offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia, South Africa and other countries; meetings with the World Intellectual Property Organization, EPO, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuell; and multilateral meetings with the Meeting on Substantive Patent Law Harmonization and ASEAN economies.

Division in Charge

International Policy Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO