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The 7th Meeting of BRICS Heads of IP Office Held


 
  On October 4, the 7th Meeting of BRICS Heads of Intellectual Property Office (BRICS HIPO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of P. R. China (SIPO), headed a delegation to participate in the meeting. Other participants included Mr. Om Prakash Gupta, General Controller of the Controller General of Patents of India (CGPDTM), Mr. Grigory Ivliev, Director General of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of Russia (ROSPATENT), Mr. Rory Voller, Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office of South Africa (CIPC) and Mr. Luiz Otavio Pimentel, President of the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI).

  It is indicated in Dr. Shen Changyu's opening remark that, the BRICS IP cooperation is already well on its way to achieving more practical and closer relationship. The cooperation mechanism is improving, and the cooperation streams are expanding. Shen is looking forward to make jointly efforts to exert full role of IP in promoting cooperation among BRICS countries and to inject new power to the development of international IP system.

  During the meeting, each party has reviewed the progresses made since last BRICS HIPO meeting and discussed on the next steps to implement the projects led by the five BRICS IP offices. The meeting decided to continue the examiner exchange project among the BRICS IP offices, to jointly hold IP symposium for SMEs of BRICS countries, to launch joint activities of rising IP awareness and to conduct cooperation on patent classification and online training courses. Participants also exchanged views on international IP issues like IP and development, Design Law Treaty, fees reduction under Patent Cooperation Treaty and WIPO external offices.

  ROSPATENT declared a joint statement on behalf of BRICS at the 56th Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, which was well received by participating parties.

  The 2nd IP Coordination Group Meeting was held before the HIPO Meeting, discussing on the details of BRICS HIPO Meeting at working level. (Source: China IP News by Sheng Li)


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