International Activities

CEO Alty of UKIPO visits JIPA

On December 11, 2015, Mr. John Alty, CEO and Comptroller General of UKIPO, and Mr. Andy Bartlett, Director of the Patent Department, visited JIPA to exchange opinions with Chairperson Toshikazu Tanaka (Mitsui Chemicals), Vice President Takashi Suzuki and 6 other members of JIPA.

After greeting speeches of Chairperson Tanaka and CEO Alty, we lively exchanged opinions on the current status of and outlook for the IP system in Japan, patent system harmonization activities of JIPA, consideration of system harmonization by the B+ group, balance between patents and trade secrets, etc.

CEO Alty explained the status of ratification in each country and timing for introduction of the European Unitary Patent System and European Unified Patent Court, etc. We exchanged a lot of questions and comments with each other beyond the scheduled time and promised to actively promote exchanges in the future as well.

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