TM5 Annual Meeting in Japan

    The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hosted the 8th Trade Mark 5 (TM5) Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on 9-10 December 2019.

    The EUIPO’s Executive Director, Christian Archambeau, participated in the meeting, which involved discussions on the TM5 partners’ respective projects.

    TM5 is the name given to the multilateral cooperation forum of the five largest trade mark offices in the world, which includes the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the EUIPO. The EUIPO participates in the TM5 as part of its international cooperation activities.

    The JPO also hosted an Experts Meeting on 9 December which was focused on Quality Management. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was present as an observer.

    The EUIPO reported on the status of four cooperation projects that it leads and co-leads in the TM5, namely ‘User Friendly Access to Trade Mark Information (TMview)’, ‘User Association Involvement’, ‘Quality Management’, ‘Fraudulent Solicitations’ and ‘Priority Rights’.

    The partner offices agreed to conclude the project ‘User Association Involvement’ and shift it to operational mode meaning the four elements focused on users would remain a permanent fixture of the TM5: User Sessions, Questionnaires, Workshops and User Corner of the TM5 website.

    The EUIPO also presented the deliverable of phase 2 of the Quality Management project, the Catalogue of Initiatives, which will be posted on the TM5 website as a way to better serve the users. Once this Catalogue has been published the project will be officially concluded. 

    The EUIPO proposed two new projects on E-commerce and Risk Management for adoption. The partner offices held an in-depth discussion on both proposals and agreed to amend the project briefs before adoption in 2020.

    A full day was dedicated to a User Session where the partner offices and user associations discussed the Quality Management Project as well as a workshop focused on User Satisfaction Survey, Communication with Examiners, Accelerated Examination and Fast Track Filing. The user associations Lesi and Union represented European users and were invited to play an active role in the workshop.

    The EUIPO’s Executive Director congratulated JPO for the tremendous efforts made this year towards the organisation of the meeting. He also commended the TM5 partner offices for the remarkable efforts made in their cooperation during 2019.

    The TM5 partners also agreed that the USPTO would be the host and secretariat for the TM5 Fora in 2020.