International Activities

Meeting with German Patent and Trade Mark Office in JIPA

On September 29th, 2015, Vice President Guenther SCHMITZ, legal department heads, Dr. Regina HOCK and 5 other people from German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) came to exchange opinion with Chairman Tanaka (Mitsui Chemicals), ex-president Ueno (IBM Japan) and 7 other members from JIPA.

DPMA gave explanation about their organization, income and expenditure, number of the staff and application status. JIPA introduced JIPA°«s history, organization, membership structure, project activities, standing committee activities, human resource development activities and making opinion activities. DPMA was interested in JIPA activities, since there is no such organization like JIPA in Germany. DPMA asked us about the difference of regular members and support members, supporting members°« organization, membership of the standing committee and contents of activities.

Also, in the opinion exchange, currently created information and materials in DPMA, investigation status of harmonization in Germany, quality of DPMA and EPO examination, and European Unitary Patent were actively discussed. Exchange of opinions was beyond the scheduled time because they were a lot of questions and comment exchange between both parties. DPMA and JIPA promised to push forward interchange positively in future.

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