|[December 07, 2013]
KIPO: TM5 Annual Meeting to be Held in Seoul Next Week
SEOUL, South Korea --(Business Wire)--
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that it would
hold the 2013 TM5 Annual Meeting, a gathering of five leading offices in
the field of trademark and design, in Seoul on 5 and 6 December.
The TM5 annual meeting strives to promote cooperation between KIPO, the
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Office for
Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) of Europe, the Japan Patent
Office (JPO), and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce
(SAIC (News - Alert)) of China, contributing to increasingly user-friendly trademark
Together these five offices account for around 70% of all global
trademark and design applications. The meeting originally started among
the United States, Europe, and Japan as the TM3 in 2001. Korea joined in
2011, with China following in 2012 to form the TM5.
* There were 2,686,355 trademark applications to the TM5 offices in
2011, representing 64.3% of the global total. For design applications,
of which there were 700,858 applications to the TM5 offices, this rises
to 90.4% of the global total.
The 2013 meeting involves around ffty participants, including the
President of OHIM, officials from the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO), and user group representatives. Participants will
fully discuss the future direction of the TM5 and the progress of the
nine cooperation projects within the group, including TMView and TMClass
for batch searches on trademarks and the acceptable identification of
goods and services by the partners, joint research on figurative
trademark search, and making identification lists of goods and services
accepted in all five offices.
* TMView: website to search the trademark applications and registrations
in each office
* TMClass: website to search the lists of goods and services accepted by
KIPO, as the host in 2013, is coming up with TM5 long-term development
initiative along with new project proposal called Common Examination
Project. The purpose of the new project is to compare and analyze
examination results for the same trademarks in the TM5 offices for a
better understanding of the differences in trademark laws, examination
standards and practices. The project is consequently expected to help
applicants better predict examination results when filing overseas.
KIPO has also designated the first week of December, when the TM5 annual
meeting is held, as Korea Trademark and Design Week to attract wide
publicity to the importance of trademarks and designs. During the week,
events are planned on the international trends and issues in trademark
and design with renowned experts from at home and abroad attending.
On 3 December, the Korea Trademark and Design Association (KOTA) and the
International Trademark Association (INTA) host the Seoul International
Trademark-Design Conference on the theme of "Value of Brand and Design
in the Creative Economy." On December 4, KIPO and WIPO host the
KIPO-WIPO International Symposium to celebrate the 10th year of KIPO
joining the Madrid Protocol and its prospective accession to the Hague
Agreement in 2014.
"We will be committed to reaching an agreement on cooperative measures
among the five partners in order to provide practical help to
applicants," said KIPO Commissioner Kim Young-min.
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