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Home > About JPO > Pickup News > May 2018 > JPO Participated in the USPTO’s Design Day 2018 - Strengthening the Cooperative Relationship with the USPTO in the Field of Designs -

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JPO Participated in the USPTO’s Design Day 2018 - Strengthening the Cooperative Relationship with the USPTO in the Field of Designs -

May 2, 2018

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), located in Alexandria, Virginia, held Design Day* 2018 on April 25, 2018. Mr. Tomoki Sawai, Director-General of the Patent and Design Examination Department at the Japan Patent Office (JPO), attended the event and delivered a speech.

*Design Day is an annual seminar on designs held by the USPTO for the benefit of users. The event is co-sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

(Photo01)Mr. Sawai delivering his speech during Design Day 2018

(Photo02)Mr. Sawai delivering his speech during Design Day 2018
Mr. Sawai delivering his speech during Design Day 2018

With the increasing importance of designs worldwide, Mr. Sawai talked about the Study Group on Industrial Competitiveness and Designs, which is a study group jointly formed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and the JPO. He also talked about future cooperative initiatives being planned between the JPO and the USPTO in the field of designs.

Also, taking this opportunity, Mr. Sawai visited the USPTO to have a meeting with Mr. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. At the meeting, both of them reconfirmed their commitment to further recognizing the importance of the intellectual property system in terms of its role in encouraging innovations. They also confirmed the importance of concluding a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in the field of designs as soon as possible, which is designed to enhance both the mutual understanding and cooperative relationship between the two Offices, especially in the area of substantive examination practices for designs.

(Photo03)From left to right: Mr. Sawai, Director-General of the Patent and Design Examination Department, JPO; and Mr. Iancu, Director of the USPTO
From left to right: Mr. Sawai, Director-General of the Patent and Design Examination Department, JPO; and Mr. Iancu, Director of the USPTO

In addition, Mr. Sawai visited the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Software Alliance (BSA), and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), all of which are industry trade associations that have a great influence on the U.S. government and Congress in terms of the patent system and the intellectual property system in the U.S. At the meeting, they discussed recent developments and trends in American industry.

Going forward, the JPO is committed to further strengthening its cooperative relationship with the USPTO.

[Last updated 8 May 2018]