World’s Five Largest Patent Offices Agree on Joint Task Force for Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
By José Santacroce, Partner and Head of Patent Department
The heads of the five largest patent offices held their annual meeting on 13 June 2019 in Incheon, Korea. The five offices, known as the IP5, are the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The IP5 together handle around 85 percent of the world’s patent applications.
The meeting was chaired by KIPO Commissioner Park Wonjoo, and was attended by EPO President António Campinos, JPO Commissioner Naoko Munakata, CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu, and USPTO Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Andrei Iancu. The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry, attended the meeting as an observer.
“Co-operation with our IP5 partners is a key to building an efficient and effective global IP system by establishing more aligned procedures worldwide,” said EPO President António Campinos. “IP5 co-operation is a success story. The EPO and its partner offices are now entering a new phase of their co-operation where we should think about further strengthening IP5 co-operation and promoting a more comprehensive IP agenda, in order to …Read More