From June 22-23, 2021, the 14th IP5 Heads of Offices (the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)) Meeting was held via video conference, hosted by the JPO in rotation. The CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu led a delegation to attend the meeting. The JPO Commissioner Kasutani Toshihide presided over the meeting. The EPO President António Campinos, the KIPO Commissioner Kim Yong-rae and the USPTO Director Drew Hirschfeld also led delegations to participate in the meeting. Lisa Jorgensen, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), attended the meeting as an observer.
The meeting adopted the 2021 Joint Statement of the IP5 Offices. The heads of the IP5 offices adopted a number of cooperative projects including, the new topics of the Patent Harmonization Experts Panel (PHEP), roadmap on cooperation in the fields of new emerging technologies and AI, the indicators of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), and the timeliness management of the patent application cycle, and the future work plan.
(Source: the website of China Intellectual Property News)