IP5 Discuss Patent Harmonisation06/06/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch 1 CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Much of our best content is available only to IP Watch subscribers. We are a non-profit independent news service, and subscribing to our service helps support our goals of bringing more transparency to global IP and innovation policies. To access all of our content, please subscribe now.By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property WatchOfficials from the IP5, the five largest intellectual property offices in the world, met this week to move forward on harmonising patent law procedure between the offices.Known as the IP5, members include the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO).According to a USPTO press release, the heads of all five offices agreed to adopt the Global Classification Initiative, a new effort to harmonise patent classification. The offices also confirmed the adoption of an IP5 Patent Information (PI) policy, which will work toward barrier-free access to patent data. In addition, they “renewed their commitment” to develop a “Global Dossier,” intended to simplify the viewing and management of applications filed in the IP5 offices.The IP5 accounts for 90 per cent of all patent applications filed worldwide and for 93 per cent of all work carried out under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), according to the release.The meeting was attended by Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea, EPO President Benoît Battistelli, JPO Commissioner Hiroyuki Fukano, KIPO Commissioner Young-min Kim, and SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu. In addition, World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry attended as an observer. WIPO manages, and receives much of its funding from, the PCT.The next IP5 meeting will be hosted by KIPO in 2014. Share this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Related"IP5 Discuss Patent Harmonisation" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.