TM5 Annual Meeting 2014
TM5 ANNUAL MEETING Tokyo, Japan, December 3-5, 2014 JOINT STATEMENT
The Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) (OHIM), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), (hereinafter referred to as the “Partners”) held the 2014 TM5 Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, between December 3rd and 5th, 2014.The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was present as an observer, as it had been at the previous TM5 meeting. At this meeting, the Partners exchanged views and information on common projects and new project proposals as well as on their respective operational practices with the theme of “Enhancing International Cooperation toward Creating User-friendly Trademark Systems” in order to share the basic concept for discussions. During the Meeting, the Partners held a user session on TM5 projects for representatives of various user associations. Also, for the first time, the Partners held a user session for representatives of user associations and general users based on the theme of policies of nontraditional trademarks in the respective countries and region. Acknowledging the growing importance of industrial design collaboration, the Partners agreed to separate the related matters currently covered by the TM5 collaboration into an industrial design forum. The Partners agreed that the industrial design forum should be conducted in an efficient and cost-effective manner such as meeting directly before or after TM5 meetings and at the same venue. In 2015, the TM5 meeting and industrial design forum will be held consecutively by the USPTO. Only the trademark section of this joint statement applies to SAIC.
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