Appointment of the Visegrad Patent Institute as the International Authority under the PCT
The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) has been today appointed by the Assembly of the International Patent Cooperation Union within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
On 26th of February 2015 in Bratislava the Agreement on the VPI was signed by Mr Josef Kratochvíl, President of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic, Mr Miklós Bendzsel, President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Ms Alicja Adamczak, President of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, and Mr Ľuboš Knoth, President of the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic. The quadripartite Agreement on the VPI is a significant result of the cooperation between national patent and trade mark offices of the Visegrad Group countries (V4). It involves encouraging innovation and creativity, economic growth and competitiveness in the region of the Central and Eastern Europe.
Japan Patent Office and the Nordic Patent Institute assessed the readiness of V4 national offices to perform the functions of the above mentioned bodies within the VPI. In May at the meeting of the Committee for Technical Cooperation (CTC) the Delegation of Hungary, speaking on behalf of the Visegrad Group, introduced the project of the VPI, which was supported by many delegations, thereby the CTC unanimously agreed to recommend to the Assembly of the PCT Union to appoint the VPI as the ISA/IPEA.
To date the Agreement on the VPI has been ratified by all four contracting parties and shall enter into force in December 2015. Consequently the Visegrad Patent Institute could start providing its services to the public since July 2016.