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Focus on user needs is IP5 Heads' main priority
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June 11, 2012

Focus on user needs is IP5 Heads' main priority

At EPO's invitation, the Heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices ("IP5") met in
Europe today to take stock of the progress achieved since the launch of the IP5 cooperation in 2007
and explore ways of further optimising their joint efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the
examination process for patents worldwide. These Offices handle, together, nearly 90% of the world's
patent applications.


The IP5 Heads of Office also met with industry representatives from their respective regions. At this
high-level meeting, - the first of its kind -, they sought input from users on their needs concerning the
orientation of the IP5 cooperation. Responding to the views put forward by industry, the five Heads
expressed their common conviction that the focus of future IP5 initiatives should be even more user-
directed.


Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Yoshiyuki Iwai, Commissioner
of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Kim Ho-Won, Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property
Office (KIPO), Tian Lipu, Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s
Republic of China (SIPO), and David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the progress
made in significant cooperation areas such as classification, machine translation of patent documents
and work-sharing. These developments were also acknowledged by Francis Gurry, Director General
of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), attending in an observer capacity.


With a view to the future, the Heads of Office had an initial exchange of views on the “Cloud Patent
Examination Solution (CPES)” and "Global Dossier" concept, which are aimed at simplifying
procedures for patent applicants and improving the efficiency of the offices when dealing with the
same patent application. Simultaneously, they welcome the establishment of an expert panel to
continue to discuss patent harmonisation, noting the importance to maintain the momentum. They
reaffirmed agreement made last year in Tokyo to accelerate the Common Hybrid Classification
Project under a revised mandate which takes into account the launching of a new classification
scheme developed by USPTO and EPO (CPC) from January 1st 2013. They also reflected on the
realignment of the 10 IP5 Foundation Projects to address more effectively the challenges of a rapidly
evolving IP landscape. A further key issue was the definition and implementation of a joint strategy to
improve work-sharing.


The Heads reaffirmed, moreover, their commitment to improving the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
as the primary work-sharing framework. The PCT already enables applicants to seek simultaneous
patent protection with a single international application for up to 145 countries.


The next Heads of Office meeting will be hosted by the USPTO in 2013.

For more information about the IP5 cooperation, see www.fiveipoffices.org.

 

 

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