ID5 Annual meeting 2023

The ID5 partners met in Incheon, South Korea for the 2023 ID5 Annual Meeting hosted by KIPO. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was present at the meetings as an observer.

During the annual meeting on 14 September, the Partners adopted a joint statement to promote women’s participation in the industrial design system, in line with WIPO’s ‘Women and IP’ initiative. Two projects were closed: ‘Recommended design practices’ led by the JPO and the USPTO and ‘Study of priority document exchange’ led by the USPTO and the CNIPA. In the context of this latter project a User Guide was published on the Partners’ practices using WIPO DAS. This Guide and summary chart details the procedures of the ID5 offices for priority document exchange, and provides useful information on authorisation procedures, application formats, common causes of failed transmissions, legal prohibitions, typical timelines for depositing, among other things.

The ID5 Partners also adopted two new initiatives led by the CNIPA, KIPO and the USPTO to compare examination practices for international applications filed via the Hague system.

The ID5 user session of 15 September was attended by over 70 users from the five jurisdictions, both in person and online. The ID5 Partners were asked by users for further guidance on virtual goods and the metaverse and to provide a coordinated approach to IP rights resulting from digital technologies.

The JPO took over as host and secretariat of the groups in 2024.