Notes + News

On November 2, 2018 in Seoul, Korea, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) hosted TM5 User Session, as part of Day 2 of the meeting of the TM5 Offices (which are European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), KIPO, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)).  AIPLA was represented by Mr. Jeong-Ho (John) Lee, Foreign Legal Counsel at Hanyan International Patent and Law Firm.  

This year, KIPO reported that it initially proposed a project on Infringement and Counterfeit Prevention, but as investigative power is not present with other trademark offices, it was agreed the project would be refocused towards Raising Awareness Level for Infringement and Counterfeits. EUIPO announced successful conclusion of Taxonomy and TM class project and also that interfacing with the Chinese NIPA for TMView is near completion, and USPTO informed that the Common Status Descriptors project will be rolled into operational mode project group. JPO announced ambitious goal of introducing AI-assisted figurative TM search in trial mode in 2019 with full introduction expected in 2021. China’s NIPA detailed efforts at improving quality of examination and its capacity as well as its efforts at curbing bad faith applications through ex officio actions.
Each participating trademark office presented an update with projects which they lead or co-lead, and table topic discussions covering “Priority Rights,” “AI Operations in Image Search,” “the 4th Industrial Revolution and Trademarks,” and “Experience of Users and SMEs on operating business via e-commerce” were carried out and each table presented the summary of discussions.
During Q&A session, user associations actively asked questions and many concerns were addressed and responded to by the representatives of participating Offices. Looking forward to JPO hosting the next TM5 Annual Meeting, participants concluded a productive TM5 User Session.

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