PTO strengthens links with Asia
The Mexican PTO (IMPI) has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
The Director General of IMPI, Miguel Ángel Margáin, met in Singapore with Tan Yih San, Chief Executive of IPOS in August. Both officials expressed their interest in continuing to implement better practices and increase the number of joint activities carried out by both organizations.
During the meeting, a MoU was signed in which IMPI recognizes IPOS as an International Search Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA) for the examination of PCT patent applications.
Likewise, the MoU between IMPI and HKTDC was signed in August by Margáin and Margaret Fong, Director General of HKTDC in Mexico City. According to Margáin, this agreement is aimed at establishing a strategic bilateral collaboration to promote innovation, creativity, technological advances, as well as guaranteeing the correct administration, protection and use of IP rights in Mexico and Hong Kong.
Among the cooperation activities established in the MoU are:
- Exchange of information about the latest advances on the IP system.
- Promotion and dissemination activities through IMPI and HKTDC´s websites and other online platforms.
- Share of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP with industry through training programs, seminars and events.
- Collaboration in IP-related events through the exchange of participants and exhibitors.