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July 17, 2020
On July 8, 2020, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the intellectual property (IP) offices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States held the Tenth Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting via video conference. At the meeting, participants agreed to inaugurate an ASEAN-Japan Patent Experts Meeting as a body to hold expert discussions on both the development of patent examination guidelines in the field of emerging technologies and on patent translation issues.
In addition, Mr. Akira Matsunaga, Commissioner of the JPO, stated that there is no doubt that innovation will be a powerful tool against COVID-19 and, accordingly, pointed out that it is necessary for Japan and ASEAN Member States to further strengthen cooperation and together harmonize the intellectual property system itself toward promotion of innovation, and he shared the same recognition with participating ASEAN Member States.
The JPO will continue to deepen its involvement in international exchanges in the field of intellectual property, as well as promote international cooperative initiatives with other countries’ and regions’ intellectual property offices.
Please refer to the press release “Agreement Reached to Inaugurate ASEAN-Japan Patent Experts Meeting (External link)” for the outcomes of the Meeting.
Photo of the Japan-ASEAN Heads of IP Offices Meeting
[Last updated 21 July 2020]