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WIPO Regional Meeting of Intellectual Property Office Officials Responsible for the Madrid System was Held

October 25, 2017

On October 23 and 24, as it did last year, the WIPO Regional Meeting of Intellectual Property Office Officials Responsible for the Madrid System*1 was held at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). At the Meeting hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), we invited persons from IP offices in 15 Asia-Pacific countries*2 by using the “WIPO Japan Funds-in-Trust” that was set up based on voluntary contributions made by the Government of Japan to the WIPO.

At the Meeting, persons from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) of the P.R China and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand also attended. The attendees had active discussions on various topics, such as the current status of operating procedures under the Madrid system in each country, the improvements in their operating practices, and challenges that IP offices are facing.

Going forward, the JPO, under the support of the WIPO Japan Funds-in-Trust, will continue supporting IP offices in the Asia-Pacific region in their efforts to improve their industrial property systems.

Photo of the Meeting in session
Photo of the Meeting in session

Group photo of attendees
Group photo of attendees

Mr. Hanaki, Director-General of the Trademark and Customer Relations Department at the JPO, delivering welcome remarks
Mr. Hanaki, Director-General of the Trademark and Customer Relations Department at the JPO,
delivering welcome remarks

*1 Madrid System: The Madrid System is a centralized system based on the Madrid Protocol, an international treaty run by the WIPO, which enables applicants to file only one, single application to register and protect their trademarks in multiple countries. This also enables them to easily manage their trademark rights in multiple countries.

*2 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam

*3 WIPO Japan Funds-in-Trust: A trust fund that was set up based on the voluntary contributions made by the Government of Japan to the WIPO; and has been utilized to provide technical cooperation and assist in capacity building for developing countries.

[更新日 2017年10月30日]