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UK, Mexico Sign IP Agreement

by Robin Pilgrim,, London

27 October 2011

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to improve international cooperation between the two nations on issues involving copyright, patents, trademarks and designs, has been signed between the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI).

The agreement was signed on October 24 in Mexico City by the General Director of the Mexican IMPI, Dr Rodrigo Roque, and witnessed by David Frost, Head of Trade Policy at the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The IPO’s Chief Executive John Alty had pre-signed the agreement in the UK.

The objective of the MoU is to establish a global and flexible mechanism for developing and furthering the cooperation activities between the participants in the industrial property field and information technology services. It is valid for three years, and will be automatically renewed for successive periods of three years unless one of the participants terminates the agreement.

The UK Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox, said: “This agreement will allow the UK and Mexico to share best practice in areas such as enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR) and to address the issue of global patent application backlogs. It will also support small- and medium-sized enterprises looking to protect their rights in Mexico and the UK, giving them the best opportunity to grow their business and boost the economy.”

Roque professed that “we are excited to start our cooperation links with the UK on intellectual property matters. The execution of this MoU underlines our strong commitment to contribute to IPR enforcement, not only at a national level but also in the international field, particularly with landmark offices such as UK IPO.

“In the midst of a globalized era, it is imperative for governments to jointly collaborate on common understandings such as innovation,” he added. “We are certain that this partnership will enrich our IP systems, and will benefit IP stakeholders in both economies.”

The agreement follows the UK government’s acceptance of the recommendations made in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, a focal point of the government’s Growth Review set out in the 2011 Budget. The Review highlighted that the UK should continue to pursue international interests in intellectual property. This MoU is designed to provide support for businesses in the UK and help them to achieve their growth potential overseas.

TAGS: business | trademarks | patents | intellectual property | copyright | Mexico | United Kingdom | agreements | small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) | memorandum of understanding (MOU) | trade

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