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News article | 19 April 2021 | Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

EPO, JPO and USPTO Agree on New Vision Statement for Trilateral Co-operation

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Following their 38th Trilateral Conference in December 2020, the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have agreed on a renewed vision statement outlining the new direction for the Trilateral Co-operation. Inititated in 1983, the Trilateral Offices have jointly worked for more efficient and higher quality patent procedures, which have benefitted IP offices and users alike.

This new vision statement reflects upon the importance of optimising the current patent system, in particular by harmonising international patent systems in view of the upcoming global challenges.

This Trilateral agreement, also underlining the importance of cooperation with Trilateral Industry, aims to strengthen the relationship between the IP offices and their users, as well as providing the current patent system with the tools to quickly adapt to the newest technological advances.

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