Meeting of delegations of the Visegrad Group with leaders of the Japan Patent Office
Meeting of delegations of the Visegrad Group (V4) with the leaders of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) headed by Commissioner Hitoshi Ito was held on 7 October 2015 in Geneva. The Industrial Property Office (IPO SR) was represented by the President Ľuboš Knoth, the Czech delegation was led by Josef Kratochvíl, President of the Czech Industrial Property Office (IPO CR), the Hungarian delegation by Miklós Bendzsel, President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), and the Polish delegation was led by Alicja Adamczak, President of the Polish Patent Office (UPRP).
In the beginning of the meeting Ľ. Knoth - and likewise the representatives of the IPO CR, HIPO and UPRP - warmly thanked the JPO for the excellent cooperation and univocal support for the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), which had been shortly before 6 October 2015 appointed an International Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)1. The Japanese delegation congratulated on this achievement and welcomed the VPI in the elite group of international authorities. At the same time Japanese counterparts appreciated providing updated information about the successful completion of national ratification processes, about the further development of the VPI and the planned establishment of the board of VPI, which will appoint the Director of the VPI. He will then represent the VPI also in relation to foreign partners.
Continuation of cooperation in the future and also the possibility of using the database WIPO CASE2 with access to search and research documentation of the participating patent offices were the main topics of the meeting. JPO has already started to provide data (dating from 1990) and in this regard it recommended the partners to consider VPI participation in this new global database.
JPO especially appreciated the ambition of the VPI to ensure preferably and systematically a high and sustainable quality of patent services, where the parties see a considerable scope for further cooperation also at regular meetings of international authorities. The nearest meeting will be held in January 2016 in Chile. The partners agreed that concrete actions will be included in the cooperation program. JPO stressed the importance of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation)3, of which the European Office in Düsseldorf, Germany is available for developing closer and more effective cooperation.
1 Press release of 6 October 2015.
3 JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) is a Japanese government-related organization that promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment. It has its branches all the world over, in Europe there are 16 of them.