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JPO Joined 5th Five Trademark Offices (TM5) Annual Meeting

October 31, 2016

From October 28 to 29, the 5th Five Trademark Offices (TM5) Annual Meeting (consisting of IP offices from Japan, the United States, Europe, China, and Korea) was held in Kunshan, P. R. China.

At the Meeting, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) made a proposal for launching a new project concerning quality management. It was approved by the rest of TM5 Offices and an agreement was made, as the subsequent process, to discuss specific topics to be assigned to the new project.

As for the Japan-led “Continuation/Expansion of Bad Faith Project*1,” it was agreed to complete the “Case Examples on Bad-Faith Trademark Filings” by March 2017, and to move toward publishing it on the TM5 website under the collaboration of TM5 Offices. As for the “User Association Improvement Project*2” co-led by the JPO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), JPO made a proposal to hold the “1st Joint Workshop” in cooperation with the International Trademark Association (INTA)*3 at the INTA Annual Meeting where trademark users from all over the world gather together, and it was approved by the rest of the TM5 Offices.

Subsequently, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the P. R. China (SAIC) held a symposium under the theme of bad-faith trademark filings, attended by some 200 audience members. A delegate from the JPO gave a presentation on “Trademark System dealing with Bad Faith Trademark Filings in Japan”

*1 The “Continuation/Expansion of Bad Faith Project” aims to exchange information on laws/regulations and operational practices at each Office regarding bad faith trademark filings, as well as providing users with such information.
*2 The “User Association Involvement Project” aims to establish a coherent and consistent involvement of user associations in the TM5 projects, and to hold workshops to communicate with general users.
*3 International Trademark Association (INTA) is an association made up of more than 6,700 members from government bodies, educational institutions, and companies, etc. in 190 countries.

Trainees in class
Mr. Miki, Director-General of the Trademark and Customer Relations Dept. (front row, the 3rd from the left)
and delegates from TM5 Offices

[Last updated 2 November 2016]