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The Third JPO-DPIIT Review Meeting Held

November 22, 2019

*The Joint Statement of the third JPO-DPIIT Review Meeting was posted on November 29.
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of India held the third JPO-DPIIT Review Meeting on November 20, 2019. The JPO and the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) of India signed an Action Plan that added new cooperation items regarding Intellectual Properties and adopted a Joint Statement for the third JPO-DPIIT Review Meeting to continue and strengthen the cooperative relationship in the future.

The Offices also signed a Joint Statement of Intent on a Japan-India Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program and agreed to start accepting PPH requests in early December, 2019. Japan is India’s first PPH partner.

1. Background

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Property in June 2015 with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Since then, the JPO has been developing an environment where Japanese applicants can promptly acquire IP rights in India by cooperating in training 400 new Indian patent examiners as well as inviting trainees to training programs in Japan. Furthermore, in May 2017, the JPO signed a new Action Plan with the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) of India that included additional cooperation items such as dispatch of experts, in order to advance discussions on the early start of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program between Japan and India. (*1)

In accordance with the above, the JPO and the DPIIT held JPO-DPIIT Review Meetings for the purpose of maintaining and strengthening their cooperative relationship in Delhi in 2017 and in Tokyo in 2018. This year, the JPO and the DPIIT held the third Review Meeting in Delhi.

Note: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is the predecessor to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

2. The third JPO-DPIIT Review Meeting

At the Review Meeting, an Action Plan was signed which included the implementation of the following cooperation items.

In addition, a Joint Statement of Intent regarding a Japan-India Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program was signed, and an agreement was reached to start accepting PPH requests in early December, 2019.

 

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office