International Activities

Participation in the Global Dossier Task Force Meeting

On January 21, 2013, a preliminary meeting for the first Global Dossier Task Force meeting was held by the industrial sector in The Hague, Netherlands. This preliminary meeting was held for the purpose of promoting the construction of a Global Dossier* by gathering the opinions of user groups (i.e. JIPA, AIPLA, IPO, Business Europe, KINPA) corresponding to the IP5 offices, i.e. the patent offices of Japan, United States, Europe, South Korea, and China.

In this meeting, discussions were mainly made on the expectation for the construction of the Global Dossier. During such discussions, explanations were provided by Mr. Yoshioka, Vice-chairman of the Second International Affairs Committee of JIPA, with respect to the quality of searches and examinations based on the results of the surveys on the difference in international searches and substantive examinations of PCT applications among Japan, the U.S. and Europe. At the same time, Mr. Toyama, Vice-chairman of the Intellectual Property Information Search Committee of JIPA, also provided some explanations on the concept of one portal (one stop access) where third parties can access all patent information disclosed. These explanations greatly contributed to the definition of the Global Dossier in the industrial sector. Moreover, discussions were made on themes such as cross filing, which realizes filing in various countries by a single filing, collaboration between patent offices or a patent office and users, machine translation, reference by third parties, and simplification of legal or procedural systems.

Following this, the first Global Dossier Task Force meeting was held on January 22 and 23, where the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) participated in addition to the IP5 offices and user groups. At the meeting, expectations were shown by the groups including JIPA (represented by Mr. Yoshioka, Vice-chairman of the Second International Affairs Committee, Mr. Toyama, Vice-chairman of the Intellectual Property Information Search Committee and Mr. Kato, member of the Intellectual Property Information System Committee) and further, productive and positive discussions were made for the creation of the Global Dossier with the patent offices based on the issues found in the discussions between the user groups on the previous day.

* °»Global Dossier°… refers to a vision for the future to construct a common system which virtually integrates the dossier information of various patent offices and provides unitary service.

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