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JPO Deputy Commissioner Visited ASEAN Member States (Brunei, Singapore and Thailand) to Exchange Opinions on Intellectual Property

September 4, 2017

Mr. Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) visited Brunei on August 28, Singapore from August 29 to 30 and Thailand on August 31, and exchanged opinions on Intellectual Property.

In Brunei, on August 28, the JPO agreed with the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) on the commencement of new patent examination cooperation (PPH Plus). Mr. Kato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam from the Japanese side and Mr. Hamdan, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office from the Brunei side attended in the ceremony concerning the agreement of this cooperation.
Press release: “Patent Granting in Brunei Darussalam to be Facilitated Commencement of the Patent Prosecution Highway Plus(PPH Plus) Program between Japan and Brunei Darussalam” (External link)

Press release: “Outline of the Patent Prosecution Highway Plus (PPH Plus) program” (External link)

In Singapore, from August 29 to 30, Mr. Shimano participated in the “Global Forum on IP” and spoke at the Forum on the subject of a role of the Japan Patent Office aimed at sustained economic growth in front of an audience of over 500. Furthermore, a panel discussion was presented with heads of the IP Offices in each country. During this seminar, the JPO and the JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) co-hosted a special session on the subject of “Ideas to Assets: Driving the Future Economy with Intellectual Property”. Mr. Shimano provided information concerning the status of the study of intellectual property system corresponding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Japan and an active panel discussion was also presented with attendance of companies, lawyers and patent attorneys.

Taking this opportunity, Mr. Shimano exchanged opinions with Mr. Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) concerning the future cooperation in the field of industrial property.

In Thailand, on August 31, Mr. Shimano also visited the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand and exchanged opinions with Mr. Thosapone, Director General of the DIP concerning future cooperation in the field of industrial property.

The JPO will continue to fortify its cooperation with IP offices in the ASEAN regions and support companies in further facilitating their international business development.

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Photo 1: The ceremony concerning the agreement of the new patent examination cooperation (PPH Plus) in Brunei. (From the left to right: Mr. Azmi, Permanent Secretary(Industry) at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Registrar of BruIPO, Mr. Hamdan, Deputy Minister, Mr. Kato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam and Mr. Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the JPO)

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Photo 2: The “Global Forum on IP” in IPWEEK2017 and panel discussion. (From the left to the right: Mr. Prasidh, Senior Minister, the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia, Mr. Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS), Mr. Asan, President of Turkish Patent Institute (TPI), Mr. Alon, Director of the Israel Patent Office, and Mr. Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the JPO)

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Photo 3: Meeting with Mr. Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) in Singapore

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Photo 4: Meeting with Mr. Tossaporn, Director General of the DIP in Thailand

[Last updated 20 September 2017]