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Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting was Held

March 6, 2015

From March 3rd to 4th, both the Meeting of Trilateral Offices with Trilateral Industry and the Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting were held in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mr. Ito, Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) attended the Meetings. At the Meeting of Trilateral Offices with Trilateral Industry, all of the Offices made presentations to user organizations, giving updates on their latest initiatives and listening to various requests from the user organizations. Based on these users’ requests, at the Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting, the Heads actively exchanged their opinions on the status of various issues, such as the Global Dossier Initiative and harmonization of patent systems and practices.

Also, taking advantage of this opportunity, Commissioner Ito held bilateral meetings with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) about how to advance discussions on patent system harmonization and other significant issues.

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Photo of the Meeting of Trilateral Offices with Trilateral Industry (from left to right): Mr. Lawrence Welch, Chairman of the IPO Asian Practice Committee; Eli Lilly & Co., Mr. Alan Kasper, Past-President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Sughrue Mion PLLC, Mr. Kazushi Takemoto, President of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA); Suntory, Mr. Benoît Battistelli, President of the EPO, Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, Mr. Kihara, Deputy Commissioner of the JPO, Ms. Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the USPTO, Mr. Yoshiyuki Takagi, Assistant Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Mr. Tony Rollins, CIPA Representative (BUSINESS EUROPE). 

President Battistelli of the EPO, Commissioner Ito of the JPO, and Deputy Director Lee of the USPTO

Photo of the Trilateral Heads of Offices Meeting (from left to right):
President Battistelli of the EPO, Commissioner Ito of the JPO, and Deputy Director Lee of the USPTO

with the EPO

Exchanging opinions with the EPO

with the USPTO

Exchanging opinions with the USPTO

[Last updated 6 March 2015]