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Ceremonial Symposium on Accession to the Geneva Act Held

June 17, 2015

The JPO hosted the Ceremonial Symposium on Accession to the Geneva Act on June 16 at the Tokyo Midtown to celebrate Japan’s accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Designs (Hague Agreement), in order to introduce the design systems in major countries and their examination procedures for applications filed under the Agreement.

JPO Commissioner Ito delivered opening remarks, and JPO Deputy Commissioner Kihara introduced that Japan acceded to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement this year. Subsequently, Ms. Wang, Deputy Director General of the WIPO and Mr. Takemoto, Senior General Manager of the Intellectual Property Department of Suntory Holdings Limited (former President of the Japan Intellectual Property Association) made speeches on the future prospect of the Agreement, the importance of protecting industrial designs, and others.

Furthermore, Mr. Hokura, Director-General of the Patent and Design Examination Department of the JPO made a speech on the current trend surrounding the design system in Japan. After the representative of the WIPO spoke on the current status of the international design system, the representatives of the KIPO, the OHIM, and the USPTO introduced their current status of and their latest initiatives for the operation of international design applications. Afterwards, a panel discussion was held regarding the importance of international protection of industrial design rights with the speakers of each country and organization.

This symposium had about 250 participants, which indicates high expectations for and great interest in the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement in Japan.

Opening Remarks JPO Commissioner Ito
Opening Remarks
JPO Commissioner Ito

Keynote Speech JPO Deputy Commissioner Kihara
Keynote Speech
JPO Deputy Commissioner Kihara

Keynote Speech WIPO Deputy Director General Wang
Keynote Speech
WIPO Deputy Director General Wang

Speech Suntory IP Senior General Manager Takemoto(Former JIPA President)
Speech
Suntory IP Senior General Manager Takemoto(Former JIPA President)

Speech
 JPO Director-General Hokura
Speech
JPO Director-General Hokura

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Audience listening to speeches
Audience listening to speeches

  

[Last updated 19 June 2015]