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JPO-CNIPA Examiner Exchange Program Held

August 20, 2021

From July 26 to 30, 2021, *Examiner Exchange Program was held between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

For more than 10 years, the JPO and the CNIPA have held the program by dispatching patent examiners to each other's offices, and this time the program was held online as last year. Three patent examiners from the JPO and four from the CNIPA participated in the program.

The participants deepened mutual understanding of examination practices between the two offices through the exchange of information on the utility model system in addition to the information on prior art document search methods, prior art search systems and the operation of examination standards in two technical fields(Cooling Equipment and Business-related Inventions).

The JPO will continue to cooperate on patent examination with the patent offices of other countries.

*Examiner Exchange Program is designed to foster a relationship of trust and deepen mutual understanding between the examiners of the JPO and the examiners of overseas IP offices through discussions on each other's prior art search methods and examination practices, and to promote mutual use of prior art search results and examination results.


(Photo1) The Examiner's Conference

(Photo2) The Examiner's Conference
The Examiner's Conference

[Last updated 20 August 2021]