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JPO-CNIPA Examiner Exchange Program Held

August 9, 2023

On July 24 to 28, 2023, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) held an *Examiner Exchange Program at CNIPA.

The JPO has conducted Examiner Exchange Programs with the CNIPA for many years. From 2020 to 2022, we held the programs online, but this year, we conducted an in-person program for the first time in four years by sending our examiners to China.

Five JPO examiners and six CNIPA examiners participated in the program, and deepened understanding of each Office’s examination practices by exchanging information on prior art search methods and systems and operation of examination standards in four technical fields of material analysis and medical diagnosis, motive machinery, polymer, and data processing.

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

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


(Photo-1)Participants from the two Offices
Participants from the two Offices


[Last updated 9 August 2023]