Mexico strengthens collaboration with WIPO ad EPO
With the aim of creating closer ties with several organizations and reviewing the progress it has made regarding intellectual property matters, Mexican PTO (IMPI) Director Miguel Angel Margáin recently visited the offices of several international organizations.
Margáin first participated in the Mexican Permanent Mission before the International Organizations, a diplomatic representation of Mexico located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Next, Margáin met with Juan Antonio Toledo, Senior Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Use of Intellectual Property for Development (OSUIPD), and Binying Wang, Deputy Director General of the Brands and Designs Sector in the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). During the meetings, the worked carried out by IMPI and WIPO was discussed, a bilateral collaboration was ratified and new projects as well as cooperation opportunities were defined.
Additionally, during a meeting with Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany, information on the IP management and operation systems of both patent offices was exchanged and the directors expressed their interest in continuing the ongoing collaboration between IMPI and EPO.
During this meeting, Battistelli and Margáin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), a bilateral patent classification system that has been jointly developed by the EPO and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Planned collaboration according to the MoU includes the development of training activities that promote, improve and strengthen the patent systems in Mexico and Europe.