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JPO Hosted the 5th ID5 Annual Meeting in Japan

ID5 Partner Offices Strive to Establish Common Design Practices

December 16, 2019

The ID5, consisting of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), adopted the ID5 Joint Statement 2019 that summarizes the earlier ID5 cooperation and states its future direction to strive toward establishing common design practices.

1.What is ID5?

ID5 (Industrial Design 5) is an international cooperation framework in the field of industrial designs, inaugurated in 2015 by five world-prominent industrial design offices, CNIPA, EUIPO, JPO, KIPO and USPTO.

Against the backdrop of dramatic economic globalization where more and more products embodying attractive industrial designs have been developed and distributed in a global perspective, the ID5, which handles more than 80% of worldwide applications for design registration, aims to enrich mutual understanding and strengthen their international cooperative relationships for better protection of industrial designs.

2.Major achievements of the meeting

At the fifth ID5 Annual Meeting, the ID5 achieved the following results. These outcomes are expected to contribute to the consolidation of international cooperation, coordination among various design laws and practices, and materialization of more user-friendliness in the protection of industrial designs.

(1)Expanding the cooperation scope from comparative studies to common design practices

Since its inauguration, the ID5 cooperation has particularly focused on comparative studies on their respective design systems and practices and deepened mutual understanding.

Marking the fifth anniversary of the ID5 cooperation, the ID5 adopted the “2019 ID5 Joint Statement”. In the statement, the ID5 confirmed its important attributes for future cooperation, in particular, striving to establish common design practices which could serve as a guideline for an effective global protection of industrial designs, on the basis of knowledge acquired through comparative studies.

In the user session on the second day, the ID5 and the user representatives actively exchanged their views under the set topic “Expectations for More Efficient and User Friendly Industrial Design Protection: Where exists the need from global users?” The discussion also touched on the “Recommended Design Practices” project co-led by the JPO and the USPTO, which may be understood as a forerunner of establishing common design practices.

(2)Continued efforts for international coordination of design systems

In the “Study of Priority Document Exchange” project, it was confirmed that all the ID5 Offices would implement the electronic exchange of priority documents through the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS) by the end of 2020. Accordingly, improvement of user convenience in providing design priority documents is expected in the near future.

In addition, final or interim study reports were compiled and approved in the following cooperation projects;

The ID5 official website has been renewed to enhance users’ accessibility to the information on the ID5 activities such as the cooperation projects listed above.

3.Future actions

The JPO will, under increased closeness of ID5 collaboration, continuously make endeavors to develop a better environment for the protection and utilization of valuable industrial designs worldwide.

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