The “TM5″ is a framework through which five intellectual property offices namely, the National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) exchange information on trademark-related matters, and undertake cooperative activities for their mutual benefit, and for the interests of their respective trademark filers and registrants.
The TM5 is an outgrowth of the Trademark Trilateral, a cooperative framework that JPO, EUIPO and the USPTO first undertook in 2001. That framework was expanded to include KIPO and CNIPA in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and the group became known as “TM5.”
Recognizing the importance to promote and further the development of user-friendly, highly-efficient and interoperable industrial design protection systems; Acknowledging that such aims can be achieve through mutual understanding and collaboration in initiatives, aimed at improving, promoting awareness of, and work efficiency, quality and user-friendliness of industrial design systems.
Through exchange of information on practices and programs as well as common projects aiming at the harmonization or improvement of trademark procedures, TM5 strives to promote cooperation and collaboration between members and contribute to increasingly user-friendly and, if possible, interoperable trademark systems.