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IP5 Announce Release of First Annual Report

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

22 November 2012

The coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – has announced the release of its Statistics Report 2011 Edition, which has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the offices.

The IP5 is comprised of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

“As we continue to move forward with our global partners toward implementing an optimal 21st Century harmonized patent system, the IP5 statistics report will provide valuable insight into our operations and procedures,” said the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David Kappos.

The IP5 Offices, which together handle about 80% of the world’s patent applications, began meeting in 2007 and have since worked together to explore ways to further optimize their joint efforts to improve quality and efficiency of the examination process and to explore and optimize work sharing opportunities between them.

While providing a means for gauging inventive activity and technology flow, and for comparing procedures, the IP5 Statistics Report began in 1996 as a project of the Trilateral Cooperation – the EPO, the JPO, and the USPTO. In 2008, the KIPO joined the effort and the first Four Office Statistics Report was produced.

The upcoming 2011 IP5 Statistics Report therefore represents a milestone in IP5 cooperation encompassing the full cooperation of all the IP5 Offices including the SIPO. The IP5 Offices have stated their intention of continuing holding discussions on statistics and improving the Statistics Report.

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