Cooperation of the Visegrad Group Offices with the Japan Patent Office
On 23 September 2014 a meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) with leaders of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) headed by the Commissioner Hitoshi Ito was held in Geneva. At the meeting the Industrial Property Office of SR (IPO SR) was represented by the President Mr Ľuboš Knoth, the Czech Industrial Property Office (IPO ČR) by the President Josef Kratochvíl, the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) by the President Mr Miklós Bendzsel and the Polish Patent Office (UPRP) by the President Mrs Alicja Adamczak.
In the debate Ľuboš Knoth emphasized the importance and potential of developing cooperation in the field of international patent protection, mutual sharing of good practice, exchange of experience and experts, not least with regard to raising awareness of intellectual property and education of youth. In his speech he also noted the importance of the so-called Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), procedural and substantive patent harmonization, which is a topic where the JPO is a global leader.
Establishing the co-operation between the V4 countries and the JPO confirms the international support for initiatives of the V4 aiming at the creation of the Visegrad Patent Institute, which should act as the International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
In conclusion of the negotiations the heads of the delegations signed a Memorandum of Co-operation. A plan of work activities is a part of the Memorandum . The Memorandum shall enter into the force on 1 April 2015 with three years of validity and the possibility of extension.